Archive for the Data Management 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 without donor data: What’s that proverb about giving a man a fish?

Fundraising without donor data: What’s that proverb about giving a man a fish?

Most charities raise money from many different sources – direct mail appeals, online donations, events, workplace giving campaigns, and matching gift programs to name a few. How often do the funds come in without usable donor data – or any donor data – behind it? If your organization is fundraising without donor data to support it, then you have a problem that needs your attention. It is time to manage that problem and reduce risk. What’s that proverb? We have all heard the proverb: Give a man a fish, you feed him for […]

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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Donor Data Management Dictionary

Donor Data Management Dictionary

Every nonprofit needs a data management plan, especially for their donor data. The plan needs to address a variety of topics, such as data hygiene and enrichment, data usage in various communications activities, input/output management, and more. To help with your donor data management planning, we have created a Donor Data Management Dictionary to help you make sense of all the data jargon as it applies to the nonprofit organization’s business needs. Is more data jargon giving you a headache? Send us a note and we’ll add it to the […]

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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My nonprofit is in “the cloud”! – What does that mean?

My nonprofit is in “the cloud”! – What does that mean?

Have you recently read an article or attended a webinar where you were told that your data or software had to be in “the cloud”? Worse still, if you weren’t in “the cloud”, then your organization was exposed to all sorts of risks, problems and unnecessary costs? There’s a reason why a visible mass of condensed water vapor floating in the atmosphere came to be used to describe a particular state of data and software. Like their meteorological namesakes, data clouds can be life sustaining, or they can rain down havoc on your business, wash […]

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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Stop the Daisy Chain of Bad Data Management

Stop the Daisy Chain of Bad Data Management

The root cause of bad data management for any organization can usually be found in the data management paradigm itself. The most damaging data management paradigm – one that is commonly found among nonprofits – is what I call “the daisy chain of bad data management”. Ladies and gentlemen, we need to stop the daisy chain! And today is a good day to get started. A quick primer on key terms As the term applies to technology, a “daisy chain” is an array of computers, devices, and peripherals connected one to the […]

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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It’s that time of year: your 8-step fundraising data checklist

It’s that time of year: your 8-step fundraising data checklist

September has arrived. Kids are headed back to school. Fall will be here before you know it … and so will your big year-end fundraising appeal. Are you ready? Have you completed your fundraising data checklist? What are we talking about – a fundraising DATA checklist? This is the time of year when fundraising teams are pouring their available time, energy and talents into perhaps the most important task of the year. But as we have pointed out before via a cataloguing of more than 150 recommendations for improving fundraising appeals, […]

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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More fundraising software = more data headaches

More fundraising software = more data headaches

Technology both simplifies and complicates our lives. Nowhere is this more true than in the nonprofit sector. Let’s face it … there is a direct relationship between the number of fundraising software systems we are using and the data problems we are creating for ourselves. More fundraising software = more data headaches. The solution = taking control of your data. What sort of fundraising software are we talking about? There’s a lot. Start with contact databases, donor management systems, and CRMs. Add to that volunteer management and event management. Next, email marketing […]

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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