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Community surveys are THE MOST important tool for every nonprofit. This is because surveys can provide valuable insights into community behavior and preferences, which can help nonprofits improve their fundraising strategies and build stronger relationships with their donors. Nonprofits can conduct donor surveys to:
  • Understand donor motivations that can help nonprofits tailor their messaging and fundraising strategies to better appeal to donors.
  • Improve donor retention by listening to the community.
  • Gather feedback on fundraising appeals that can help nonprofits understand what types of appeals resonate most with donors.
  • Inform programmatic decisions that can help nonprofits make informed decisions about program priorities.
Download this resource of 52 every possible survey question a nonprofit team can have about conducting surveys. With short answers on the most commonly asked questions, this document can help a nonprofit get better prepped when starting to consider an effective way to connect with their supporters.
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Here is a resource for the nonprofit leaders out there.
Learning AI (Artificial Intelligence) can be overwhelming. It requires a significant amount of time, resources, and understanding of some technicalities. Nonprofit leaders, then, have to weigh potential benefits of AI against challenges as they determine if and which AI solutions are the right choices for their organization.
Download this "Getting Started with AI": 27 Questions to learn and reflect on most frequently asked questions about AI by a nonprofit leader. Using this, a nonprofit leader can
  • demystify AI: Move beyond the technical concepts into an easy-to-understand language.
  • get a foundation: Understand the potential applications in the nonprofit sector and assess whether it is the right choice for their organization.
  • save time: Nonprofit leaders are often pulled in many directions, with limited time to research and learn about AI. The guide can save time by providing answers to the most frequently asked questions and addressing common concerns.
  • identify risks and opportunities: AI has the potential to transform the nonprofit sector, but it also carries risks such as data privacy and bias. The guide can help nonprofit leaders identify these risks and opportunities and make informed decisions about implementing AI.
  • foster collaboration: AI requires collaboration between technical and non-technical staff to implement successfully. The guide can help nonprofit leaders facilitate communication between these groups and build a shared understanding of AI.
Nonprofits need to learn about good data practices because it can help them to:
  • Make more informed decisions.
  • Measure and communicate impact to donors, supporters, and beneficiaries.
  • Improve program outcomes to better serve their constituents.
  • Ensure data privacy and security to ensure that data is collected, stored, and shared securely and responsibly.
  • Foster transparency and accountability among stakeholders.
Download this Good Data Bundle to start thinking how good data practices can help nonprofits improve their effectiveness, efficiency, and accountability, leading to better outcomes for their constituents and communities through data.
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Data collection assessment is often overlooked in nonprofits due to resource constraints, limited expertise, a focus on immediate needs, fear of negative findings, perceived complexity, and lack of awareness. However, by recognizing the value of data-driven decision-making, investing in capacity building, and embracing a culture of continuous learning, nonprofits can overcome these challenges and leverage data to enhance their impact.
Data collection assessment is essential for nonprofits as it enables effective decision-making based on reliable and accurate data. It helps organizations evaluate their programs, promote accountability and transparency, and support evidence-based advocacy. By collecting and analyzing data, nonprofits can continuously improve their services, secure grant funding, engage stakeholders, and demonstrate their impact. Overall, data collection assessment empowers nonprofits to make informed decisions, improve their programs, and advocate for their causes, ultimately leading to more effective and impactful work in pursuit of their mission.
That's why here is a resource guide answering most commonly asked questions by nonprofit leaders when they are just starting out with their data collection assessment.
Download this "9 definitely asked questions"as you prepare for an assessment like this with your team.
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Collecting other, unknown and only requires attention, care, and patience.
That first time asking these questions may not come back with all complete responses. Or that grant application for funder may annoy you with its ambiguous/harmful data collection questions. Or there may be times when you feel alone in your inability to head-on address the obvious data-led inequities.
Whatever the case, don't forget, with a continuous mindful approach to the why, what, and how, you and I can affect change.

After all, this conversation is not made for one day, one checklist, or one webinar affair.

Download this article to start intentional, purpose-driven questions when you are ready to collect social identity data at your nonprofit.
Community-Centric fundraising can help organizations build stronger relationships with their communities, promote greater engagement and ownership, and ultimately lead to more effective and sustainable fundraising outcomes.

There are several reasons why you should care about getting started with community-centric fundraising:
  1. Greater engagement and ownership: When fundraising efforts are community-centric, the community is more likely to feel invested in the cause and take ownership of the fundraising efforts. This can lead to greater engagement, participation, and support for the cause.
  2. Increased sustainability: Community-centric fundraising can help build long-term relationships between the organization and its community, leading to sustained support and increased sustainability over time.
  3. Improved outcomes: Engaging with the community can lead to better understanding of the needs and priorities of the community, which can inform the development of more effective fundraising strategies and ultimately lead to improved outcomes.
  4. Enhanced transparency and accountability: Community-centric fundraising can promote transparency and accountability in the fundraising process, as the community is more likely to be involved in decision-making and have access to information about how funds are being raised and used.
  5. Greater diversity and inclusion: By engaging with a diverse range of community members and organizations, community-centric fundraising can help build a more inclusive and equitable fundraising ecosystem.

Download this article to get started with practical ideas on how you can start with the community-centric fundraising mindset - internally, externally, and in the overall nonprofit ecosystem.
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