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New Research and a Welcome Surprise from Foundation CEOs

New Research and a Welcome Surprise from Foundation CEOs

By Lindsay Austin Louie

“How much promise do the following practices hold for increasing foundations’ impact in the coming decades?” The twenty-four potential answers provided covered a broad spectrum of philanthropic practice, from taking more risks, to providing more general operating support, to engaging in impact investing.… Read More

Why Self-Interested Volunteers are the Best for Nonprofits


Note from Beth:   The Mobilization Lab at Greenpeace recently commissioned and released this report, Beyond the First Click: How Today’s Volunteers Build the Power of Movements and NGOS.   Beyond the First Click examines innovative volunteer engagement work by 35 organisations empowering people to scale change and win by learning and doing more.  

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Recent Social Media User Data: One Big Takeaway for Nonprofits

Source: Acenture Interactive’s Acquity Group’s 2015 Next Generation of Commerce Study

One way I keep up with news and trends in social media is to curate social media research studies on Pinterest, share on my Facebook Page, and make sense of them here on my blog.… Read More

Methods and Metrics for Assessing Civic Tech

Note from Beth: My colleagues at Network Impact have released an important report about measuring and evaluating “civic tech” based on their experience working with Knight Foundation grantees.     It goes beyond just analytics tools to exploring tools, techniques, and data for measuring deep civic engagement, open governance, and inclusive decision-making.  

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What Social Media Analytics Can’t Tell You About Your Audience

My colleague, Alexandra Samuel,  has published a report over at Vision Critical based on integrating survey data with consumers actual social media usage versus self-reporting.    So, in other words, research respondents opt-in to integrating their answers with their social media profiles.  … Read More