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.