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How to Use Data Tools to Advance Your Mission

September 17, 2019 @ 9:00 AM12:00 PM EDT

How to Use Data Tools to Advance Your Mission

IBM estimates that every day our world generates 2.5 quintillion bytes of data, which includes social media postings, consumer data, research, and other forms of surveying and evaluation. Our challenge as nonprofits and philanthropy professionals is to find what we need in this information overload and use it in ways that lead to better outcomes for all. But where to begin? How can you and your organization determine what data you need, and where can you locate public data you can really use?

How to Use Data Tools to Advance Your Mission will help you understand how to use data in the daily life of your organization. You’ll leave prepared to make the case for data-informed decision making and able to point to and use a variety of online tools for finding and learning from data.

In this workshop, we’ll cover:

  • Why data is important to your organization’s success
  • What public data is available and how to access quality data
  • How to develop your own tools for impact


  • Rachel Borashko
  • Tamela Spicer, M.A.
  • Aaron Yore-VanOosterhout, Ph.D.

Cost: $60
FREE for GVSU students/staff with ID

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Photo: Rachel Borashko
Rachel Borashko is a data analyst at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy. In this role, she is responsible for data processing, analysis, visualization, and research design. Learn more about Rachel.
Photo: Tamela Spicer
Tamela Spicer, M.A. is the program manager for nonprofit services at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy. She works primarily with faith-based clients, and specializes in organizational structure, fund development, and strategic planning. Learn more about Tamela.
Photo: Aaron Yore-VanOosterhout
Aaron Yore-VanOosterhout, Ph.D., is a research manager at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy, where he designs, manages, and carries out a broad variety of community-based research projects in areas ranging from out-of-school-time programs to criminal justice. Learn more about Aaron.


September 17, 2019
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, Grand Valley State University


Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy
201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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