APRA Greater Houston is excited to announce our next workshop highlighting innovative practices and methods in prospect research.
We hope to see you there!
Recently I stumbled across this great how-to from the DonorPath blog that discusses practical ways to pay attention to your donor data. In addition, it highlights a formula for calculating retention. If you’re not already keeping up with this measurement, put this on your to-do list.
In my office we look at retention over time (1 to 5 years) by cohort groups. If you have a novel way of evaluating retention that you’d like to share, let me know!
If you work in a nonprofit organization, national economic indicators are part of the big picture. These indicators paint a picture of economic disparities and highlight the areas of greatest need for families struggling to maintain their stability and independence. These indicators influence current and future demand for education, healthcare, housing, transportation and social services. Thankfully, the Urban Institute compiles an incredible amount of insightful and useful data, dashboard style. Their dashboard includes data compiled for 366 of the country’s most densely populated cities. Give it a try!
Drill-down information for Houston–
This dashboard is amazing!
When I read this news article, I thought it was worth sharing. We all witness the human suffering associated with homelessness each day. However hard working programs are making a big difference.
Over the past 3 years Houston-based programs have located housing for 3,650 homeless military veterans. The good works of the organizations that focus on housing, human services and veteran services is having a positive impact on our society. Click on the image above to read the news article.
Thank you ❤
The 2015 CASE awards were just announced. Each year I eagerly look forward to sifting through the winners to see the creative ideas our peers are rolling out in their fundraising programs.
Right off the bat this winner in the Stewardship category captured my attention, because of course, it is an impact report! Colorado State University’s Veterinary school developed this wonderful report for their donors to communicate program measurements in a useful and easy to digest manner.
I love the mix of philanthropy, patient load and education all on one page. I can easily understand why the CASE awards committee recognized CVMBS with a gold award.
To view the full impact report, click on the image above.
I read a Harvard Business Review article recently that cited a glaring omission in the nature of our traditional accounting systems. Our accounting practices focus on revenue, inventory, and assets, but assign no value, not even a mention, to information. For businesses that heavily leverage information to succeed, that can be a big problem, and here’s why: when no value is assigned to information, the costs associated with managing, stewarding and upgrading information become a low priority. There’s no way to incorporate financial gains to an ROI calculation.
So what to do?
Well, here’s an idea, we could start citing constituent value in our activity reports, status reports and project reports. And that starts with being able to assign constituent value. One way to do that is by computing lifetime value. KISSmetrics offers a great how-to for understanding and calculating lifetime value (click on the image below to view the full discussion).
Lifetime value, combined with other segmentation variables, such as membership in more than 1 constituency class, giving capacity, probability or recent interaction can help the emerging development of quantifiable information.
If you have an example you’d like to share, please let me know!
Another 2015 CASE award winner, DePaul University’s Advancement Services wowed the judging committee with their impressive technology tools all designed to facilitate development officer self-service in an intuitive and transparent manner.
This is just one of the sample screen shots from their interactive reporting tool–
To browse through their full presentation, click on the image above and prepare to be amazed!