New edition of What Small Charities Need to Know About CRM Systems

Ivan Wainewright acknowledges that buying a new CRM system or fundraising database is a daunting challenge for most charities and not-for-profit organisations, so he has written this book to feature issues that smaller not-for-profit organisations need to consider and be aware of.

This free book has been written for people whose day job is not the procurement or implementation of new databases, so it’s extremely helpful for any fundraiser thinking about stepping outside of their comfort zone.

https://fundraising.co.uk/2017/02/16/new-edition-small-charities-need-know-crm-systems/

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Data Governance: 3 Key areas to focus your efforts

Data governance is needed to ensure your organisation can consume data which has integrity and quality.

But how do you focus your efforts so that your governance programme can deliver the results needed?

Toochukwu Philip Ibegbu MBA shares with us how he was able to successfully launch data governance initiatives that made the most impact.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/data-governance-3-key-areas-focus-your-efforts-philip-ibegbu/

Learn Everything about Sentiment Analysis using R

In this technical blog, Suresh Kumar Gorakala explains how to turn written comments into descriptive sentiment. This is extremely helpful when trying to categorise, segment and understand your audiences better.

This example focuses on Twitter comments, but this technique can be applied to any text field, including telephone call notes and emails.

http://www.dataperspective.info/2013/08/sentiment-analysis-using-r.html?m=1

How to Transition From Excel Reports to Business Intelligence Tools

Manually creating reports using Excel can be overwhelming to meet the organisational expectations for quality, insights, and velocity.

Many business intelligence tools exist: Tableau, Microsoft Power BI, Looker, Amazon QuickSight, Google Data Studio. However, moving from Excel to one of these tools can be more difficult than anticipated.

This blog by Thomas Spicer provides tips to help you create a methodology and a process that will help you find success with your new tool as you transition from Excel to a new analytics model.

https://dzone.com/articles/5-steps-to-making-a-transition-from-excel-reports

A simple predictive score you can probably build in Excel

Many smaller fundraising and non-profit teams can’t make the investment to fully utilise analytics.

In this blog, the great Peter Wylie uses data from two schools to demonstrate how to build a very simple predictive score using nothing but Excel.

https://cooldata.wordpress.com/2016/07/05/a-simple-score-you-can-probably-build-in-excel/

The 4 Types Of Data Analytics

So, data analytics can help us to predict the future and find loads of people who will donate to our cause? Well, yes and no. But it’s a bit of a journey.

In this article, Thomas Maydon explains the four different types of data analytics:

  • Descriptive
  • Diagnostic
  • Predictive
  • Prescriptive

Follow the link below for more:

https://insights.principa.co.za/4-types-of-data-analytics-descriptive-diagnostic-predictive-prescriptive

How data analysis can help your charity to enhance its fundraising results

This article by Becky Slack first appeared in the Guardian some time ago, but it’s still a great starting point for those interested in understanding how analytics can drive insight and aid decision making in non-profits.

Don’t be put off by data. It’s all about understanding your audiences. This guide contains some straight forward steps to get you started.

https://www.theguardian.com/voluntary-sector-network/2014/mar/04/how-to-use-data-analysis-to-enhance-fundraising