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Philanthropy News Digest: Hacking Education: Open Data Unleashed (bylined article by Vlad)


It often feels like the technology revolution has bypassed the nonprofit world. While news stories featuring companies that have embraced exciting technologies such as wearable computing and delivery drones are everywhere, to those of us who work in and with nonprofits it often seems as if our sector is beyond the reach of such innovations.

It doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, a growing number of nonprofits are taking advantage of new technology and tech tools, especially when it comes to data analysis. At DonorsChoose.org, an online charity where people donate to classroom projects posted by teachers around the country, we’ve always put a premium on data analysis as a way to understand donation patterns across geographic regions and areas of interest. The resulting insights have driven smarter decisions internally that have enabled us to exceed our fundraising goals and help more students.Read the full story on Philanthropy News Digest.


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