Embracing Nonprofit 2.0 in Your Organization
The second step is to stop using fragmented systems that turn your constituents into irreconcilable carbon copies regardless of the channels they use. You need to have a holistic view of your constituents across channels, and it shouldn’t require a Herculean effort. Remember that integration is not about data — it is about leveraging information to take strategic actions. Organizations that treat individuals as individuals no matter the communication channel are best poised for success.
Measure your progress
There’s an old saying that not everything that can be counted counts and not everything that counts can be counted. This might be true, but it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have measurable goals and a way to measure them. Every goal must have metrics, and it all begins with measuring where you stand today. Your first basis for comparison should always be against your own past performance. Start by measuring how you performed in the last capital campaign, the last annual appeal, the last e-mail message, etc.
At the same time, don’t get make the mistake of getting too caught up in statistical averages and benchmarks. Being below the average doesn’t tell you how to improve, being above the average doesn’t tell you how to stay there, and being near the average only encourages mediocrity. The organizations that understand that both qualitative and quantitative measures help guide decision making will be best able to confirm their success.
Steve MacLaughlin is the practice manager of Blackbaud Interactive, Blackbaud’s Internet strategy and solutions group. To read more about Steve’s thoughts on leveraging the Internet, read his chapter in the recently released book “People to People Fundraising: Social Networking and Web 2.0 for Charities.” For more information, contact Steve at email@example.com or visit interactive.blackbaud.com.
Steve MacLaughlin is the vice president of data and analytics at Blackbaud and best-selling author of “Data Driven Nonprofits.” Steve has spent 20-plus years driving innovation with a broad range of companies, government institutions and nonprofit organizations. He serves on the board of the Nonprofit Technology Network and is a frequent speaker at conferences and events. Steve earned both his undergraduate degree and a Master of Science degree in interactive media from Indiana University.