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Last-Mile Impact Measurement: Mobile is the Way

Submitted on Mon, 4/14/2014 - 8:45am
Four nonprofits are leveraging mobile technology to measure the impact of their programs, and hear from their remote beneficiaries that may not have access to the internet. Learn how they're implementing this technology, and the five lessons learned so far on how to maximize participation.

Report release: The 2014 Nonprofit Benchmarks Study

Submitted by Joleen Ong on Wed, 04/09/2014 - 11:26am

Published today, M+R and NTEN’s 2014 Nonprofit Benchmarks Study returns for the eighth year. We've crunched the numbers from 53 nonprofit organizations to define this year's industry standards for online fundraising, advocacy, and list building. Learn about the 8 big trends that emerged, and how 2013 raised the bar for online fundraising. 

> Download the 2014 Nonprofit Benchmarks Study

The 2014 Nonprofit Benchmarks Study

Report published April 9, 2014 in Benchmarks, Mobile & Social Media

Released April 8, 2014: The 2014 Nonprofit Benchmarks Study. In partnership with M+R, we crunched the numbers from 53 nonprofit organizations to define this year's industry standards for online fundraising, advocacy, and list building.

What we learned: 2013 raised the bar for online fundraising. Nonprofits received an estimated 1.7 cents for every fundraising message delivered, and 60 cents for every website visit. And there's a lot more data where that came from! 

> Download the 2014 Nonprofit Benchmarks Study (it's free!) 

NTEN Lab: Data-Informed Nonprofits (Los Angeles, CA)

After the recent debut of our NTEN Lab: Data-Informed Nonprofits series, we're bringing this deep day dive to Los Angeles on May 7! Learn more »

Webinar: 2014 M+R Benchmarks Study

There comes a time in every online organizer and fundraiser’s life when they ask themselves: is this normal? Are other groups getting this growth? Am I the only one with these trendlines? The 2014 M+R Benchmarks Study has the answers. We’ve crunched the numbers from 53 leading nonprofits to define this year's industry standards for online fundraising, advocacy, and list building. Join us to see how you stack up against nonprofits in your sector, and learn how you can use this data to transform your online program.> Get the recording & download the 2014 Nonprofit Benchmarks Study!  Learn more »

Dataviz! Tips, Tools, and How-Tos for Visualizing Your Data

Submitted on Wed, 3/5/2014 - 11:53am
Memos and metrics, emails and texts, newsletters and reports: is your nonprofit suffering from information overload? We consume 34 gigabytes, or 100,500 words, of information every day. Our brains are overwhelmed and struggling to keep up. Data visualization—or dataviz—is one of your nonprofit’s strongest weapons against information overload.

Test, Send, Adjust, Repeat

Submitted on Tue, 2/25/2014 - 9:12am
In order to make sure that you get your message out effectively, you need to regularly check the data that shows what works, what messages did well, and where you can improve. Sometimes the answer isn't just one metric, but in a combination of metrics that you can find by testing your messages.

Indexes are the New Infographics

Submitted on Mon, 2/17/2014 - 8:52am
Indexes are de riguer these days. It used to be that indexes (Or more properly, "indices") were used for monetary applications, with well-known examples like the Dow Jones Industrial average and the S&P 500 dominating financial discourse. But now a new breed of index has begun to proliferate some truly unexpected sectors, and they have the potential to have far-reaching impacts.

10 Tips for an Effective Nonprofit Content Strategy

Submitted on Fri, 2/14/2014 - 8:37am
The struggle to create effective content strategies for social networks either comes from not having enough time to devote to social media or not having enough content to post. Truth be told, most nonprofits have an overwhelming amount of content on their websites or other communication channels that can be easily repurposed for social. Below are 10 tips for managing your time and dealing with the problem of feeding your organization’s social media beasts.

New Report! Collected Voices: Data-Informed Nonprofits

Submitted by Amy on Sat, 02/01/2014 - 11:01am

In 2013, Microsot and NTEN supported 18 different nonprofit leaders in exploring data projects, trying out new solutions, and discovering opportunities to improve their work through data. After a full year together, we've compiled case studies, lessons learned, and recommendations from these participants to help you and your teams - whether you're looking at impact evaluation, measurement dashboards, or collecting the right data to start with. Download the collection today!