22NTC Session: Fundraising
Data Use for Sustainable Growth: A Community Schools Case Study
Submitted by: Taj Carson | Inciter, Inc


Elev8 Baltimore provides out-of-school time opportunities, school-based health services, and support for students and families in Baltimore City. Their use of data from the 2009 launch to today allowed them to move from dependency on a single funder to many funding streams and partners. Originally required to use a single data system, they now use data from multiple sources to support program improvement, proposal development, and fundraising appeals. 

This required strong leadership, a commitment to data maturity, and the development of a flexible data system that uses data from a variety of sources (including spreadsheets), and makes it available to staff in any format needed. 

We will describe the leadership decisions at key points that moved Elev8 to sustainability, and the data system that was developed that allowed them to build their internal capacity to collect and analyze their own data, and to use the data to support their needs.

Session Type

30 minute session

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn how to transition from one primary funder to a more sustainable strategy using data
  • Understand the pros and cons of one monolithic data system versus an integrated data system
  • Get tips on how to partner with data and evaluation folks to ensure that their work supports your organizational goals

Target Audience

Nonprofit leaders and Development Directors


March 24, 2022


10:00am – 10:30am PST