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Bookmark this – stokpic

My favorite online graphic design resource has just gone corporate and their former supply of free photographic background imagery has evaporated.  So I have had to start casting about for new sources.  Happily, I discovered stokpic.  It’s too awesome not to share!

 

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This online library of beautiful photographs was founded by photographer Ed Gregory and it’s free for use on websites, on social media posts, and more.  I am overjoyed!

Click on the thumbnails above to explore for yourself!

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Bookmark this – Metropolitan geography data base

If you’ve ever attempted to conduct analyses of your constituency across a geographic area, then you’ve no doubt gained an appreciation for metro city coding.  These numeric identifiers group clusters of city names together into a single designation suitable for counting, sorting or reporting.

Imagine life without city codes.  Let’s say we wanted to count constituents in Houston.  Our work wouldn’t be complete unless we also counted constituents from every single named town in and around Houston, like Kingwood, Spring, The Woodlands, Humble, Sugar Land, Bellaire, Pasadena, Webster, Katy, Pearland, etc.

Talk about craziness!  I can sense we’re in agreement.

 

Anyway, just the other day in my quest to translate a few city code to city names (off-the-cuff) I stumbled upon this great online resource!

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This easy-to-use query tool allows you to drill into a city code to see which townships compose the metro area and it features a simple search bar.

 

tbed is the newest addition to my bookmark folder!  Click on the logo above to give it a try!

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Bookmark this – How America Gives {Interactive}

More of us are tracking constituent and donor densities by state and city in an attempt to better understand concentrations of opportunity, and that’s smart business.

 

But there’s another side to the coin too, what about pockets of human behavior outside of our data bases?  Shouldn’t we maintain some awareness of that too?

 

Yes, we should!  That’s why The Chronicle of Philanthropy publishes “How America Gives.”  And now it’s online too!  At a glance it’s easy to see pockets of population densities where Americans have higher (or lower) than average charitable giving patterns.

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Drilling into the populations to learn more is simple and the color coding makes it easy to quickly view the cities or counties with the highest giving densities (hovering does the trick).

Click on the image to add this valuable tool to your bookmark inventory!

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Bookmark this – Earnings chart for 820 occupations

The Bureau of Labor Statistics compiled average wages by occupation type for 820 different jobs in America.  The chart below highlights the top 20:

 

Nice work!  Be sure to click on the image above to get to the original source listing all 820 occupations.

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Bookmark this – America’s top donors

 

 

Are you familiar with the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s easy-to-search compilation of $1 million donors?  If not, then this is your lucky day!

Click on the logo above and head over to their website to discover a fabulous reference source!

 

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Bookmark this – US metro economic indicators

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–

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This dashboard is amazing!

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Bookmark this — Interactive index of data viz resources

298 resources all in one place!  You can select by tool categories like charting, mapping or web-based.

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Thanks to the creative folks at Visualising data!

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Bookmark this — infographic resources

All of us have a lot of information to share with each other and we’re finding that after someone understands a concept, a question is likely to follow.  So we’re learning to assemble clusters of related information that gives a broad picture of a single subject area.  Infographics are the go-to resource to fulfill this need.

 

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that I’m a huge fan of Canva.com.  And just recently they introduced some free infographic templates in their suite of layouts.

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Now, let’s just say up front that the templates they offer are purely for illustration, this isn’t a chart building tool. B ut the way Canva works is you can build your chart in the tool of your choice then import the image into the layout. See?

 

Here’s a good reference article from the Canva blog to get started building infographics.  If you want to compare notes, give me a call!  I’m still a novice but have been attempting to improve my designs for a while now and am always willing to trade tips for successful infographics!

 

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May desktop calendar

Yes it’s that time again and this month the lovely illustrator from Geninne’s Art Blog is at the top of my list.

Click on the image above to download for a full sized desktop monitor.

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Bookmark this – app for wrangling brainstorming meetings

Have you ever been in a meeting that solicited ideas from all the participants – collecting the ideas on colorful post-it notes all around the room?  I was in one of those a few weeks ago.  Keeping the information organized and accessible to all the participants afterwards used to be really challenging.  But now there are smart-phone apps that help facilitate this work.  Here’s one–

 

Post-it Plus lets you organize ideas into groups, and allows all participants (even across multiple meetings in different locations) to contribute to the discussion of prioritizing, aligning and tackling those ideas. The app is free, just click on the image above to learn more.

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