If you think it's too hot outside to be crunching numbers or analyzing information, pour yourself a fresh glass of lemonade because this week's Member Round Up revolves around data – from a free tool for visualizing data to a hot-off-the press report about the state of hiring in the nonprofit sector. And if you need a little inspiration, then look no further than your fellow NTEN community members, some of whom have recently received recognition for their work.
NTEN member and geographic web and mobile software developer Azavea, in collaboration with Temple University's Center for Security and Crime Science, just released ACS Alchemist, an open source tool that makes it easier to access US Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) data. Socio-economic variables can be extracted from the ACS directly into a Shapefile for mapping or other forms of analysis and modeling. While the primary focus of their project was short-term forecasting of crime risk, ACS Alchemist is a great, user-friendly, free-to-the-public tool for anyone interested in analyzing complex Census data.
While on the topic of data extraction, NTEN member and social fundraising guru Matt Bishop recently published an article in Forbes, "The Future of Giving: Warren Buffett and Connected Philanthropy", foretelling the role that connected giving and social data will play in fundraising in the future. Matt encourages nonprofits to embrace this cultural shift, remarking that, "Influence, measured by digital and social media data, will be a new currency for the 21st century". Matt is the Founder and CEO of iGiveMore, a nonprofit that works to make online giving impacts visible through social media channels.
In 2012, our friends at Idealist.org surveyed over 1,000 U.S.-based nonprofit organizations and 3,000 active job seekers on their experiences in the ongoing recession of 2012. Fortunately, what they discovered is encouraging and shows positive changes in the sector: 48% of all nonprofits say they plan to make new hires in 2012; 54% say they will offer salary increases. To see details of their findings, check out the Idealist blog and download the reports.
Other interesting news from the sector comes from KELL Partners, which just reported its strongest quarter ever, signalling that more and more nonprofits are utilizing cloud techology solutions to achieve their missions and foster growth. In Q2, the company grew its year-over-year revenue by more than 130%! Their consulting services focus on cloud-based technology solutions serving nearly 500 organizations.
Speaking of exciting achievements, congratulations are in order for a few of our NTEN members honored by Fastcase 50 this year! Nominated from a pool of "innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders", these 50 outstanding movers and shakers from the law world include Mark O'Brien, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Pro Bono Net, a nonprofit that provides software systems and service to pro bono legal work and legal aid organizations.
Broadening in scope to include the nonprofit sector as a whole, The Nonprofit Times also recently named its Power and Influence Top 50 of 2012, featuring a whole passel of NTEN members: Tim Delaney, President and CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits; Sr. Georgette Lehmuth, President and CEO of the National Catholic Development Conference; Wendy Harman, Social Media Manager at the American Red Cross; Ben Rattray, Founder and CEO of Change.org; NTEN's own Executive Director, Holly Ross; Rebecca Rimel, President and CEO of The Pew Charitable Trusts; John R. Seffrin, CEO of the American Cancer Society; Anna Maria Chavez, CEO of Girls Scouts of the USA; Donna Butts, Executive Director of Generations United; Vicki Escarra, President and CEO of Feeding America; James Firman, President and CEO of the National Council on Aging; Brian Gallagher, President and CEO of United Way Worldwide; Alberto Ibargüen, President and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Robert Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts; and Nancy Lublin, CEO of Do Something.