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The MN Tech Diversity Pledge: Tough and necessary conversations

America is experiencing necessary growing pains. Government, nonprofits and technology are at the center of this healing process. Nonprofits are an integral entry point for many people in need of education, social services, or guidance. Government is a primary source for both funding and direction, while technology is enabling unprecedented increases of efficiency and decreases… Read More

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Three Essential Elements for Meeting Fundraising Goals (Thoughts From a Salesperson)

Here are some of the things that I am keeping in mind to meet my sales goals for the rest of the year, and some tips that can help you meet your fundraising goals for this year and to start 2017 off hot. Building relationships with donors is a great way to create retention and… Read More

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What ‘Weapons of Math Destruction’ Can Teach Nonprofits About Using Data

Data, though seemingly an objective collection of facts, can actually reflect human bias. Depending on what data is being collected and how it is being analyzed, it may contribute to models that harm or help. For example: Looking at one piece of data, your zip code, your bank may give you a high interest rate… Read More

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Building on the Basics: Supply Your Demand!

In continuation of the previous blog post in our “Introduction to Data” series, we will also seek to build off of a blog post recently made by my colleague, Scott, wherein he discusses impact measurement. Scott's post articulates many of the what's and why's to which we will now try to provide a "how". So… Read More

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3 ways to keep nonprofit technology on track during staff change

With the nonprofit employee turnover rate hovering around 19%, more than half of nonprofits report turnover as a major obstacle in accomplishing their mission. I come from the nonprofit world and am very familiar with this challenge. At the small nonprofit where I worked for several years before joining thedatabank, we experienced an average annual… Read More