Data Mining

Who Exactly Are Your Donors?
August 31, 2017 at 12:13 pm

Who are my donors, and how have they engaged in the past? Most will answer this question in one of two ways. First, by quoting recency, frequency, monetary segments, complete with highest previous contribution and timing of the most recent gift. Second, by describing donor demographics/wealth with off-the-shelf segments or with their homegrown analysis...

3 Tips for Getting Meaning From Data Without Being a Data Scientist
August 30, 2017 at 12:36 pm

It seems these days that marketers, strategists, analysts and sales people are hungry to throw around terms, such as Big Data, Business Intelligence and Artificial Intelligence, like a pack of dogs at the back door of a meat market. And, I have a confession to make: I’m a marketing professional also guilty of using these terms...

GuideStar at a Glance
July 17, 2017 at 1:27 pm

When many of us hear the words “Artificial Intelligence,” our minds turn to the reference points we have from movies. Robotic cyborgs going haywire, machines threatening humanity or choosing between a red or blue pill. These plot lines almost always assume the worst will happen with Artificial Intelligence (AI). But thankfully, a different story is […]

Know Your Donor Through Analytics
July 11, 2017 at 10:02 am

Analytics is an overused buzzword. Ask three people and you’ll get three different answers as to what analytics means to them. To some, it’s about reporting on key metrics and projecting impact on the ability to achieve budget. To others, it refers to models used for the selection of individuals to include in a fundraising campaign...

What the Democratization of Data Means for Nonprofit Leaders
June 6, 2017 at 10:29 am

Modern technology allows us to easily collect and analyze data, as well as gain valuable insights from it. This capability is now available to nonprofits of virtually any size and type and can be tremendously effective at helping them reach people, grow their organization and meet their other goals...