Idealware: Nonprofit Data for Beginners

Starting June 28 2017, 01:00 PM

Ending July 19 2017, 02:30 PM

Nonprofit Data for Beginners

Wednesdays between June 28 and July 19 at 1pm to 2:30pm Eastern.  (There will be no webinar on the week of July 4.)

The term “big data” gets used (and misused) a lot, making it seem scary and expensive. But bigger isn’t always better. Gathering the right data—and knowing how to use it—is what matters. Join us for Nonprofit Data for Beginners, a three-week course designed to help you ask the right questions, find the data you need, and use your data to strengthen your organization.

Through participation in this course, you will: 

  • Consider what questions you need your data to answer.
  • Learn how to define your goals and develop processes for collecting your data.
  • Explore the many places where you can find useful data.
  • Learn how to manage your metrics and data so that they remain useful over the long term.
  • Dive into case studies of real organizations using data to make decisions.

Toolkit Schedule

All sessions take place Wednesday at 1 pm Eastern and last for 90 minutes.

June 28: Asking the Right Questions
Simply collecting data is not enough. Deciding early on what you will do with that data—and why you want it in the first place—will help you to define goals and approaches. We’ll talk through how to define your organization’s own data-based metrics strategy from the ground up.

July 12: Hunting Down the Data
More often than not, the most useful data won’t be found already neatly laid out in a spreadsheet. You might find extremely valuable data in handwritten staff notes, in multiple software systems, or public repositories. We’ll discuss where different data can live, which sources of data might be useful, and where and how you can collect it to be ready for analysis.

July 19: Making Use of Your Data
In the final session, we will discuss the various ways you will need to manage and use the data you’ve collected. We’ll consider the logistics of entering, storing, and maintaining your data. We’ll also look at how to develop an action plan that ensures your data program is useful and sustainable.

Other Info

  • Participants will also be given weekly “homework” assignments.
  • Please register with the email address where you would like to receive the access code and dial-in information for the online seminar.
  • All registered participants are granted access to the recordings of each session.
  • Participants who cannot attend any of the sessions due to scheduling conflicts will still have access to the toolkit presentation decks and handouts.

REGISTER TODAY! (Discount Code: cgvt2017)



About the Presenter – Jonathan Poisner

Since fall 2009, Poisner has worked as an independent organizational development consultant, with a focus on fundraising, communications, and strategic planning.  He has worked with more than 60 clients ranging from all-volunteer groups struggling to raise their first $50,000 to larger institutions with $10,000,000+ budgets and 100+ staff.  

Poisner is the author of Why Organizations Thrive: Lessons from the Front Lines for Nonprofit Executive Directors.

In 1997, Poisner became Executive Director of the Oregon League of Conservation Voters and its sister organization, OLCV Education Fund. During his twelve years leading OLCV, he grew the combined revenue of OLCV and OLCV Education Fund from $200,000 to $1.1 million per year.  

Jonathan served on the founding board of the Federation of State Conservation Voter Leagues, where he was a strong voice for growing state LCVs.  From 2007- 2009, Jonathan was elected to serve on the boards of the League of Conservation Voters and LCV Education Fund.

Jonathan holds dual degrees in Economics and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania. He has a JD from Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley.

Prior to his tenure at OLCV, he practiced law as an associate attorney at the law firm of Arnold & Porter, served as Environmental Law Fellow at Lewis & Clark Law School, worked as an Adjunct Law Professor, and served on the regional staff of the Sierra Club.

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