2014 GuideStar DELC Conference Jacob Harold presentation 5-28-14 for distrib

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2014 GuideStar DELC Conference Jacob Harold presentation 5-28-14 for distrib

  1. 1. GuideStar 2020 Building the Scaffolding of Social Change (iteratively) (multi-dimensionally) (at scale) (without being a jerk)
  2. 2. Not chaos-like together crushed and bruised; But, as the world, harmoniously confused: Where order in variety we see; And where, though all things differ, all agree. Alexander Pope, 1713
  3. 3. The nonprofit sector is immensely diverse And individual nonprofits are immensely complex And we (all) have long had trouble wrapping our minds around that diversity and that complexity But it is becoming possible to do just that… …to tell the shared story of social change with both rigor and nuance.
  4. 4. Three strategies Eight principles Five findings
  5. 5. First, you collect data. Then, you distribute that data to people who need it. Then, you innovate upon that supply chain (Then, you start the cycle again and you keep learning.) Data Innovation Data Collection Data Distribution
  6. 6. The essence of GuideStar’s strategy is this:  A nonprofit common profile  …that is multidimensional,  …placed in context,  …linked to the key tech platforms of our time,  …and enhanced by constant cycles of innovation & learning…  …at scale  (without being a jerk)
  7. 7. We are serious when we talk about scale 2.3 billion pieces of data 7.2 million unique users 22 million API hits 15,000 new registrants per month 37,000 GuideStar Exchange participant seals 70 platform partners C U R R E N T S C A L E …to build upon over the next several years…
  8. 8. And we also recognize that linear growth simply will not cut it  The nonprofit sector requires nonlinear change…  …that will involve shifts in cultural expectations,  …new levels of interconnection,  …new business models,  …and new forms of partnership
  9. 9. PRINCIPLE #1: Be clear about goals “Start with purpose.” -- Fay Twersky
  10. 10. PRINCIPLE #2: Design for Actual use “Thou shalt not design for thyself.” – Heather Fleming
  11. 11. PRINCIPLE #3: Boldness or Nothing “Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” - Goethe
  12. 12. PRINCIPLE #5: Plan, then Iterate “The tactical result of an engagement forms the base for new strategic decisions. " - Helmuth von Moltke the Elder
  13. 13. PRINCIPLE #6: Build on Existing Scale “On the Internet…you can be two sizes: you can be big, or you can be small.” – Jeff Bezos
  14. 14. PRINCIPLE #7: Go Far, Together "If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.“ —African proverb
  15. 15. PRINCIPLE #8: Hold on to Humanity "Now, now how come your talk turn cold? / Gain the whole world for the price of your soul.” – Lauryn Hill
  16. 16. $
  17. 17. F I NANCI AL F I NDI NG #1 : We have built a sustainable business model
  18. 18. F I NANCI AL F I NDI NG #2 a: Our revenue base is diverse
  19. 19. F I NANCI AL F I NDI NG #2 b : Our revenue base is diverse
  20. 20. FI NANCI AL FI NDI NG #3 : Our plan will involve significant additional costs
  21. 21. FI NANCI AL F I NDI NG #4 : We believe we can steadily grow our earned income
  22. 22. We cannot face the great challenges of our time with an anemic and fragmented civil society. It is now possible to build data systems that drive learning, enable accountability, cultivate collaboration, and ensure dignity. So let’s do it.
  23. 23. Appendix
  24. 24. Information about… Organizations (e.g., Nurse- Family Partnership is currently serving 22,795 babies and their mothers in 40 states across the U.S.) Resources (e.g., The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation made a 5-year, $10 million grant to Nurse-Family Partnership in 2007) Interventions (e.g., regular nurse visitation for new mothers their babies leads to a .2 point increase in math & reading GPA in grades 1-6) Issues (e.g., 50% of children from at-risk backgrounds are below the basic level for reading and math skills)
  25. 25. Many types of information can help social change actors make good choices Contribution (you helped) Attribution (you were responsible) Qualitative (stories and descriptions) Quantitative (numbers) Independent (just about you) Comparative (you in the context of others) and and and Retrospective (what happened in the past) Prospective (goals for the future) and
  26. 26. Data about nonprofits Data about social issues Data about what works (social science research) Data about resource flows Operational data Financial data Programmatic data Qualitative (descriptions) Quantitative (metrics) Perceptions e.g. Charting Impact activity/output/outcome data Experts, donors, volunteers, beneficiaries
  27. 27. Infrastructure for philanthropic giving Infrastructure for impact investing Impact measurement: • common taxonomy • shared database Joint partnerships with private sector: • financial institutions • search engines • social networking sites Shared social change strategies: • joint theories of change • integrated business models
  28. 28. Data Operations Product Engineering Information Systems SalesStrategy Accounting Development Human Resources Marketing Comms Nonprofit Programs Product Management Nonprofit Services Business Intelligence Research Design Market Research Measurement and Evaluation Facilities

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