Beth Kanter's Blog - Part 78

Why Building Resilient Networks Matter


Note from Beth: I’ve written about the importance of building resilience in networks given the complex and connected environment we live in today.   So, when Pat Brandes from the Barr Foundation sent me this thought piece on building resilience of networks, it resonated on many different levels.

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8 Books for Nonprofits To Read and Book Giveaway


Every year around this time,  I write a post about some books that should be valuable to those who work in the nonprofit and social good sector.   Since my colleague , Marion Conway, prepares such a fantastic and focused list of nonprofit book recommendations and there are so many social media book lists,  my list is eclectic.    … Read More

A Fundraising Cliff? What does the data say?


Flickr Photo by Su Lin

Note from Beth: Here’s a guest post from my colleague Steve MacLaughlin that is a great example of “data informed fundraising.”


A Fundraising Cliff?  What does the data say? A Guest Post by Steve MacLaughlin

Over the past few months I’ve been asked a lot of questions about giving trends: What explains the flat trend in overall fundraising?… Read More

VolunteerMatch: How Real-Time Data Visualization and Learning Improves Impact

Measurement, Visual


Last week, I had the pleasure of doing a Brown Bag Lunch Book Talk for Measuring the Networked Nonprofit hosted by VolunteerMatch at their offices. After the session, I sat down with VolunteerMatch’s President Greg Baldwin to learn more about how they use data, measurement, and learning to measure and improve impact.… Read More

Does Your Nonprofit Need Some Data Therapy?


Earlier this week, I participated in a  meeting hosted by the Knight Foundation that brought together a small group of  amazing thinkers in Silicon Valley — nonprofits, for-profits, activists, bloggers, and others interested in technology for civic engagement that builds connections between residents and our governments.    … Read More