No Engineer or Cartographer Required: Harnessing the Power of GIS Just Got Easier for Your Nonprofit

Submitted by Annaliese on Wed, 04/20/2011 - 11:29am

undefined: Flickr: Cambodia4kidsorgundefined: Flickr: Cambodia4kidsorgThe term "geospacial information system" may cause many of us to zone out and assume "the following information will not be applicable to me because I'm not an engineer or cartographer or astronaut or whatever that term applies to." But what if I used the term "legislative district" or "elected official lookup" -- you'd pay attention, right?

Of course! That's because you already know advocacy work involves matching your grassroots members and volunteers up with the elected officials they can influence. But what if I told you that GIS and software that makes use of GIS is the technology that will make your "matching" work so much easier--for both you and your constituents? You're listening, now, right?

Well, thanks to Azavea and TechSoup Global (both NTEN members), this GIS analysis technology is going to be more accessible and affordable for your nonprofit.

We just saw the announcement that Azavea's Cicero API is now part of TechSoup's donated technology program. Here's more about the Cicero API from the press release:


"The Cicero API not only provides address-based district matching but also maps of each legislative district, contact information for local, state, and national elected officials in the United States and data for legislative officials and election events around the world....The database also includes information for U.S. police districts, school districts, and watersheds. All told, the Cicero system now holds over 10,000 legislative boundaries and information on nearly 13,000 elected officials."


You can find out more here.

We'll be presenting a webinar on using public data like legistlative districts, census data, and other geographic-based information to better target your nonprofit's advocacy and fundraising efforts next month:


Learn more and register here: Geographic Gap Analysis:Leveraging Census, Open, and Proprietary Datasets for Fundraising