Reporting & Dashboards
It’s tough sometimes to stay on point with so many factors competing for your attention on a daily basis – but processes are what support the very foundation of your work. One of the most critical decisions you can make is selecting the right budgeting software solution ‘out of the gate.’
Tableau is an award-winning software that specializes in making databases and spreadsheets understandable to ordinary people. Used by more than 29,000 companies worldwide across every industry, Tableau is not only powerful, but extremely user-friendly. You can use Tableau to produce and share visual representations of any data your organization collects!
Everyone seems to be talking about data these days. As any nonprofit will know if they’ve started down the road to being data-informed, it’s a long journey of taking baby steps, experimenting with new approaches and changing organizational culture - but it’s also one that can yield great results on both a day-to-day basis and in the longer term.
There are a lot of fancy tools out there for data analysis - some of which are extremely complex, and some of which are actually fairly simple to use and set up. If you are looking to take the next baby step along the road to using your data to make better decisions, a good place to start might be to take a second look at the good old spreadsheet. Spreadsheet programs have a lot of data analysis tools built right in, and today I want to discuss a lesser-known (in my experience) but extremely powerful feature: pivot tables!
Take control of your nonprofit’s data and communicate its value effectively
April 2, 2012
April 17, 2012
What’s new in Microsoft’s latest integrated-management platform
Update January 29 2013: The version of SharePoint now available through TechSoup Canada is SharePoint Server 2013.This article was adapted from TechSoup.
June 21, 2010
Nonprofits track all sorts of information, from financial data like fundraising success and year-to-date spending, to data on event participation, volunteers, new supporters, and more. While it is difficult enough just to track the data, it’s much easier to understand and take action on this information if it’s pulled together with easy-to-understand visuals. With the right display, organizational metrics can be pulled out of a data-heavy realm to an organization-wide communication method that can be used for internal goal-setting, board meetings, reporting to funders, or executive decision making.
Executive dashboards can provide just that perspective. This article talks through three short case studies of how nonprofits create and use their executive dashboards.