Archive for the Big Data Category

Workplace Giving Data Problems Just Got Worse

Nonprofits everywhere are struggling to get their hands on reliable, useful workplace giving data from corporate giving programs. This has been a problem for a long time. And it is only getting worse. What’s going on? It used to be a United Way problem Who remembers the days of charities arguing with local United Ways over the donor data? “We own the workplace giving data,” was the typical United Way response to charities wanting to know more about the donors supporting them, “because they are United Way donors – our […]

About Gary Carr

Gary is the founder and president of Third Sector Labs. With more than 20 years of experience delivering software and data solutions to a wide variety of clients, Gary turned his attention to the overwhelming problem of data. Third Sector Labs is committed to making sense of data for the nonprofit industry.

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Fundraising data analytics – mining the gold in your own backyard

Fundraising data analytics – mining the gold in your own backyard

Fundraising data analytics is becoming more popular – and more necessary in today’s philanthropy marketplace. We hear about it, we read about it, we think about it more than ever. Nicole Wallace at The Chronicle of Philanthropy wrote a terrific piece this week, ‘Fundraisers Reap Millions by Using Data Gold Mine’. Fundraising data analytics is the equivalent of mining the gold in our own nonprofit backyards. Admittedly, for many of us in the sector, the very mention of ‘data analytics’ sounds intimidating. It’s a show-stopper. Well, our best advice is […]

About Gary Carr

Gary is the founder and president of Third Sector Labs. With more than 20 years of experience delivering software and data solutions to a wide variety of clients, Gary turned his attention to the overwhelming problem of data. Third Sector Labs is committed to making sense of data for the nonprofit industry.

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Data hoarding: Does the term apply to your donor data?

Data hoarding: Does the term apply to your donor data?

Have you watched the A&E television show Hoarders? The clutter and garbage in some of the homes on that show are unmanageable. It makes you want to shout at the tv: “Throw that trash away!” Now, let’s talk about your donor database. When was the last time you cleaned it up? Got rid of dupes? Threw the trash out? Perhaps this story is familiar. Year after year you gather information about donors. Donors lapse. Some move away. Others pass away. You keep mailing out newsletters and fundraising appeals. Your response […]

About Gary Carr

Gary is the founder and president of Third Sector Labs. With more than 20 years of experience delivering software and data solutions to a wide variety of clients, Gary turned his attention to the overwhelming problem of data. Third Sector Labs is committed to making sense of data for the nonprofit industry.

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The Ice Bucket Challenge Epilogue: Data

The Ice Bucket Challenge Epilogue: Data

The conversations about the ALS Association’s astounding success with the Ice Bucket Challenge continue. Blogs, newsletters, periodicals, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter … people are still talking about it. Let me offer one piece of advice: let’s not get distracted by the story and instead focus on the epilogue – the Ice Bucket Epilogue: it’s about the data. Discussion and debate Did you know that the Ice Bucket Challenge has its own Wikipedia article? Yep. Did you know that YouTube views of Ice Bucket Challenge events have surpassed 1 billion … that’s with a “b”? […]

About Gary Carr

Gary is the founder and president of Third Sector Labs. With more than 20 years of experience delivering software and data solutions to a wide variety of clients, Gary turned his attention to the overwhelming problem of data. Third Sector Labs is committed to making sense of data for the nonprofit industry.

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Does your charity have too much data?

Does your charity have too much data?

How do you know when your organization is storing too much data? We were asked this question recently – and it’s a great question. In fact, being in the nonprofit data services business, we get asked lots of questions about how to obtain more donor data, better data, the right data. Few customers ask us “When is there too much data?” There isn’t a simple answer. Let’s use donor data for our discussion. Did you know that too much donor data can lead to bad decisions and fundraising mistakes just […]

About Gary Carr

Gary is the founder and president of Third Sector Labs. With more than 20 years of experience delivering software and data solutions to a wide variety of clients, Gary turned his attention to the overwhelming problem of data. Third Sector Labs is committed to making sense of data for the nonprofit industry.

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Data quality vs. data quantity: let’s end the debate!

Data quality vs. data quantity: let’s end the debate!

When it comes to nonprofit data, especially donor data, there’s a running debate. Which is more important, data quality or quantity? It’s a matter of preference, right? Like the old Miller Lite commercials, ‘Tastes Great vs. Less Filling‘. Your nonprofit organization needs to acquire new donors (data quantity), but you also need the ‘right’ data in order to foster better, longer term relationships (data quality). So both are equally important, right? Wrong. It is time to end the debate. Put quality first, especially donor data quality. Why quality first? We have […]

About Doug Rekenthaler

Doug has spent more than 20 years delivering a wide variety of support to nonprofit organizations. He was instrumental in establishing the American Red Cross’s Web services in the late-1990s, later moving on to deliver consulting and technology services to numerous nonprofits including UNICEF, National Geographic, World Wildlife Fund, the Nature Conservancy, and dozens more.

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Attention nonprofits: We don’t know our donor data!

Attention nonprofits: We don’t know our donor data!

Understanding data is critically important to success in any business. Unfortunately, data can be boring, even confusing. Many nonprofits don’t know their donor data. While that’s understandable, it is also a big problem. If we don’t know our donor data, how can we effectively plan a fundraising appeal? Build a fundraising strategy? Combat the challenges of donor retention? The answers to those questions are simple: we can’t. So, how do we know that nonprofits don’t know their donor data? Data degrades, goes missing For starters, ALL data degrades over time. What’s […]

About Gary Carr

Gary is the founder and president of Third Sector Labs. With more than 20 years of experience delivering software and data solutions to a wide variety of clients, Gary turned his attention to the overwhelming problem of data. Third Sector Labs is committed to making sense of data for the nonprofit industry.

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What’s up with consumer data privacy?

What’s up with consumer data privacy?

The topic of consumer data privacy is getting more and more attention in the media and on Capitol Hill. Personal identity theft. Hackers getting millions of credit card records. The NSA monitoring everything from email to phone calls. The topic of consumer data privacy has had the attention of Capitol Hill for some time. A few months back, we provided an update on steps taken by Senator Rockefeller’s Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation to expand its investigation into the data brokerage industry. There’s been a lot of recent […]

About Gary Carr

Gary is the founder and president of Third Sector Labs. With more than 20 years of experience delivering software and data solutions to a wide variety of clients, Gary turned his attention to the overwhelming problem of data. Third Sector Labs is committed to making sense of data for the nonprofit industry.

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What’s in your data management plan?

What’s in your data management plan?

If your data isn’t getting better, it’s getting worse.  — TSL data expert Those are words we live by. And no, we aren’t simply advocating some chaos theory about data. Unfortunately, it’s true … and the only way to combat the problem is examine what’s in your data management plan. What’s going on? Organizations in every industry today dependent on good data to be successful. It’s no different for nonprofits, and donor data is at the top of the critical care list. The problem that every nonprofit faces, however, is that […]

About Gary Carr

Gary is the founder and president of Third Sector Labs. With more than 20 years of experience delivering software and data solutions to a wide variety of clients, Gary turned his attention to the overwhelming problem of data. Third Sector Labs is committed to making sense of data for the nonprofit industry.

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Fundraising strategy, technology and data Q&A with Chris Goodman and Gary Carr

Fundraising strategy, technology and data Q&A with Chris Goodman and Gary Carr

Third Sector Labs recently co-hosted a fundraising strategy webinar with Chris Goodman, SVP of Strategy & Marketing for 2Dialog. The topic – “Drive Your Fundraising Success with Strategy, Smart Technology and Better Data” – focused on the importance of aligning fundraising strategy, technology and a data in order to maximize the efficiencies of all three. We had also blogged earlier on the topic vis-a-vis the changing fundraising paradigm we are experiencing across the third sector. Chris and Gary Carr, CEO of Third Sector Labs, led a lively discussion, and both stayed as long as they […]

About Gary Carr

Gary is the founder and president of Third Sector Labs. With more than 20 years of experience delivering software and data solutions to a wide variety of clients, Gary turned his attention to the overwhelming problem of data. Third Sector Labs is committed to making sense of data for the nonprofit industry.

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