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Collecting Data You Can Actually Use

Nonprofits often ask: So how do I collect data that helps me (a) show that people are getting better, and (b) know what adjustments need to be made to improve what I do?

ImpactStory - collecting actionable data

January 22, 2022

4 Challenges for Nonprofit Storytelling and How to Overcome Them

The most effective corporate storytelling combines data, narrative, and visuals that draw people in by appealing to their intellectual curiosity and making them relate and care. But how do nonprofits do this?

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December 5, 2021

Accessibility Quick Wins – DataViz

<h2>Accessibility Quick Wins</h2> Depict Data Studio | 2021 How do we make our graphs more accessible? There’s a misconception that accessibility takes all day, that’s it’s costly, or that it’s […]

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December 1, 2021

How They Transformed Advocacy Services at JABA

“We used to just do ‘bean counting,’ how much of this and that we did. Now with the Strategic Impact Maps, we are able to actually track the impact of the work we do. It’s so much more informative and powerful!”

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November 30, 2021

The Strategy You Need

A Strategic Impact Map™ is a framework for telling your most powerful impact story. It’s a one-page document that tells an efficient story of, not only why and how your organization does good, but also how you are measuring it!

It's important for nonprofits to be clear about their strategy and how that's different than their mission

November 21, 2021

Nonprofit Business Plan for Impact

No matter how innovative or well-documented the programming is, no matter how amazing the staff, no matter how well-intentioned and value-driven the work is, in the end, it’s gotta generate real good.

A Strategic Impact Map shows how your nonprofit is strategically planning for impact

November 18, 2021

Return on Investment in the Social Sector

Funding partners want to invest in organizations and programs most likely to succeed in helping people – not because those programs make money. Because “helping people” isn’t easily monetized (though
many try!), a critical part of nonprofit storytelling is helping funders understand why and how their investment results in lasting change. Defining what it means to help people is a value-driven and data-informed conversation. We have created this document to help you talk to funders about return on investment.

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November 16, 2021

Fund for Shared Insight

Fund for Shared Insight pools financial and other resources to provide grants, coaching, inspiration, and community-building through collaborative philanthropy. Our work reflects our commitment to the kind of listening and learning that values lived experience and advances equity. The overarching goal is that foundations and nonprofits be meaningfully connected to the people and communities most harmed by structural racism and other systemic inequities, and more responsive to their insights and feedback. Listen4Good is a capacity-building initiative of the Fund for Shared Insight that helps direct-service organizations listen and respond to the people and communities at the heart of their work. Listen4Good’s suite of specially designed programs offers the expert tools, resources, and coaching organizations need to build high-quality feedback loops that advance equity and lead to positive changes in the ways they make decisions, deliver services and partner with clients.

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November 15, 2021

Delivering on the Promise of Nonprofits

The authors, of the Bridgespan Group, say organizations should start by rigorously addressing a few interdependent questions: Which results will we hold ourselves accountable for? How will we achieve them? What will the results really cost, and how can we fund them? How do we build the organization we need to deliver those results? Together, those questions provide a framework for developing pragmatic, specific plans of action.

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