Data-based Organizational Development

One of the best recent developments in nonprofit management is the collection of real data about fund development, including event attendance and what really drives it and what motivates donors. In the past, nonprofit boards and staff made assumptions that were not necessarily supported by facts but became the basis for decisions that sometimes exacerbated existing problems. A scary fact from the organization mentioned below:

  • From 2008 to 2010, over 40% of arts organizations failed to break even

We’re fortunate in Dallas to be the site of SMU’s National Center for Arts Research, which is beginning to help all of us make research-based decisions about the evolution of our organizations.

Not all fundraising is intuitive. We’re looking forward both to providing information to the NCAR and getting helpful analysis back. In the meantime, here’s a recent piece on how to use newsletters effectively. Hope it’s helpful to you.