Data Science for Social Impact by Adriana Paz Philanthropy’s embrace of data science has been slow, held back by limited resources, infrastructure, and staffing. However, a number of philanthropists and nonprofit organizations are using their resources to grow the pool of professional data scientists and support other nonprofits as they
Equity Mapping Tools Combine the Power of Data and Narrative Change by Kallie Bauer and Rachel Borashko Philanthropy and technology are changing rapidly, and as more and more data become available, the need for easy-to-use, accessible tools for organizing and interpreting that data is becoming more urgent. More organizations are
In the Time of Coronavirus: What the Data Say About the Risk to Michigan Nonprofits by Jeff Williams In chaotic times, leading an organization or board of directors and being responsible for charting a clear course forward for clients, employees, and the community becomes more crucial — and more challenging.
New Report Illustrates the Status of Latinx Communities in Kent County, Mich. by Rachel Borashko This blog and the research it shares were produced alongside Field Focus: Inclusive Strategies for Prosperity, a digital series to explore philanthropy’s role in inclusive economic development and community prosperity. Inclusive growth is about ensuring
Powering Communities While Protecting Individuals by Erica Czaja As publicly available data becomes increasingly more granular and more useful to communities in their efforts to expose and address inequities, the need for appropriate security measures to protect individuals’ rights to privacy is crucial. This piece from our 11 Trends in
We’re Better Together: A Reflection on the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) Convening
We’re Better Together: A Reflection on the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) Convening by Rachel Borashko It is you against the world. Be better. Be more profitable. Be smarter. Write a better grant. Have a better program. The competitive nature of the business world seeps into the world of philanthropy.
Using VoiceKent Survey Results to Advance Your Mission Johnson Center and Kent County Health Department Partnership Expands Community Survey Countywide by Melyssa Tsai O’Brien VoiceKent (previously known as VoiceGR) is a county-wide survey about residents’ views and experiences related to health and well-being, discrimination and inclusion, and overall quality of
No time for learning? Take a cue from Ice Cube and “Check yo self before you wreck yo self.” by Jara Dean-Coffey and Kelly Hannum This blog was produced as a part of Field Focus: Learning for Good, a three-month digital series to consider the value and practice of learning
Data Goes Hyper-Local in Grand Rapids by Steve Wilson My early career experiences with nonprofits leading local community and economic development created a perfect pathway for me to enter place-based philanthropy. Back then, I often looked to local foundations to provide both support and leadership as we envisioned future infrastructure
The Giving USA 2018 Report is Out, but the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Could Reshape 2019’s Results by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University Giving USA is the longest-running, most comprehensive annual report on charitable giving in the United States. The report was first created in