Beth Kanter's Blog - Part 42

Advancing Social Media Measurement for Philanthropic Outcomes #sm_re

Networked Nonprofit, Networks

How do you measure your network to learn how to improve outcomes?   That was one of many questions raised at during a Twitter Chat last week around the #sm_re hashtag.     The chat was a prelude to a convening on April 25th at the Robert Wood Johnston Foundation of  40 thinkers and practitioners, bringing diverse perspectives and expertise into discussions to develop measures for evaluating the impact of social media on philanthropic outcomes.  … Read More

#npfail Share Your Nonprofit Fail Story and Win A Microsoft Surface!

Failure

You’ve heard the mantra: Learn from failure. But no one likes to screw up and you can’t learn when you’re beating your chest in frustration or pointing fingers at each other.… Read More

Unlocking Data for Philanthropy: Notes from Global Philanthropy Forum Session

Data

I was honored to be invited to cover this year’s Global Philanthropy Forum, a community of donors and social investors committed to international causes.  The annual conference helps inform, enable and enhance the strategic nature of their work.       This year’s conference, “The Future We Make” had four themes – strategic philanthropy, modern day slavery, agriculture and nutrition, and education, learning, and employment.… Read More

How Do We Balance Measuring Outcomes with Measuring to Learn and Improve? (#SM_RE)

Measurement

On April 25, 2013, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) will host a national convening of leaders from 11 foundations, as well as experts in evaluation, social media, and communications to develop measures for evaluating the impact of social media on foundation outcomes.    … Read More

#npfail Reflections and Call To Action from NTC Plenary on Failure

Failure

I have been working in the nonprofit sector for 34 years, spending the last twenty of them focusing on the nonprofit technology sector to deliver training and capacity building.    I have been waiting a long time to have a sector-wide conversation about learning from failure and last week at the Nonprofit Technology Conference, we were able to just that!… Read More