Database/CRM Essentials

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Time to Trim: 3 ways to keep your database fit in 2017

Vowing to eat healthier and/or exercise more this year? You’re not alone. I, for one, have decided to make a few lifestyle changes after my credit company called with concerns about a “suspicious” charge on my card: some vegetables. But while we are ramping up our diet and workout routines, it’s important not to forget… Read more

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No Train, No Gain

Lesson learned At one time in my life, I worked at a nonprofit business reference library. We – or, the librarians, at least – provided patrons with access to computerized databases full of information for market research, finding startup funding, and more. Since I wasn’t a librarian, nobody seemed to think it was important for… Read more

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You don’t need a Ph.D. to work with data

As an interlude to our ongoing series about the mechanics of data, I’d like to reflect upon a recent data workshop I attended. Organized by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and Karen Graham of Idealware, “Nonprofit Communicators Workshop: Wrangling Data to Drive Decisions” was a unique opportunity to hear other professionals’ perspectives and questions about… Read more

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11 signs you might need new nonprofit technology

Nonprofits don’t always make the right investment in their technology. Sometimes, trying to save money, they use “free” software, not realizing it’s actually costing them a lot in terms of staff time. Other times, they are willing to spend money, but budget and time constraints leave them with few technology options, none of which truly… Read more

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What ‘Weapons of Math Destruction’ Can Teach Nonprofits About Using Data

Data, though seemingly an objective collection of facts, can reflect human bias. Depending on what data is being collected and how it is being analyzed, it may contribute to models that harm or help. For example: Looking at one piece of data, your zip code, your bank may give you a high interest rate on… Read more