ONLINE: Nonprofit Data for Beginners


Nonprofit Data for Beginners 

Wednesdays, June 28, July 12, July 19 | 10:00 – 11:30 AM PST


The term “big data” gets used (and misused) a lot, making it seem scary and expensive. But bigger isn’t always better. Gathering the right data—and knowing how to use it—is what matters.

Join us for
Nonprofit Data for Beginners, a three-week course designed to help you ask the right questions, find the data you need, and use your data to strengthen your organization.

Through participation in this course, you will:                   

  • Consider what questions you need your data to answer.
  • Learn how to define your goals and develop processes for collecting your data.
  • Explore the many places where you can find useful data.
  • Learn how to manage your metrics and data so that they remain useful over the long term.
  • Dive into case studies of real organizations using data to make decisions.

Course Schedule:
All sessions take place Wednesdays at 1 pm Eastern and last for 90 minutes.

June 28: Asking the Right Questions
Simply collecting data is not enough. Deciding early on what you will do with that data—and why you want it in the first place—will help you to define goals and approaches. We'll talk through how to define your organization’s own data-based metrics strategy from the ground up.


July 12: Hunting Down the Data
More often than not, the most useful data won’t be found already neatly laid out in a spreadsheet. You might find extremely valuable data in handwritten staff notes, in multiple software systems, or public repositories. We’ll
discuss where different data can live, which sources of data might be useful, and where and how you can collect it to be ready for analysis.


July 19: Making Use of Your Data
In the final course, we will discuss the various ways you will need to manage and use the data you’ve collected. We’ll consider the logistics of entering, storing, and maintaining your data. We’ll also look at how to develop an action plan that ensures your data program is useful and sustainable.     

Other Info:

Participants will also be given weekly “homework” assignments.

There will be no webinar on the week of July 4

Please register with the email address where you would like to receive the access code and dial-in information for the online seminar. All registered participants are granted access to the recordings of each session. Participants who cannot attend any of the sessions due to scheduling conflicts will still have access to the toolkit presentation decks and handouts.

Regular Price: $120
Washington Nonprofits Members: $95 with the discount code "WA2017" Signing up is easy!



If you have any questions, please contact Idealware at or (207)699-4236.


  • When

  • Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - Wednesday, July 19, 2017
    10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Pacific Time

  • Where

  • Online through Idealware

Thank You to Our Partners

This course is offered in Washington State through a partnership between Washington Nonprofits, 501 Commons, and Idealware.



If this webinar leaves you looking for help figuring out the next steps, connect with 501 Commons. They’ll help you find cost-effective and practical "best fit" solutions to your technology needs.

IDEALWARE a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, provides thoroughly researched, impartial and accessible resources about technology to help nonprofits make smart technology decisions.


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