After writing a couple of blog posts for JustGiving towards the end of last year I’ve decided that I have something to say about my specialist subject “data in the not for profit world”.

Whilst I would never want to go in the scary black chair I hope to remind, empower and help you to remember to care for your database and the data within it.

Feel free to drop me a line, ok that’s so old fashioned now, tweet me, message me or if you are a bit old school send me an email with feedback or topics that you’d like me to cover and I’ll do my best.

General Online Giving

How Giving Brings You To The Top Of The Pyramid

Does this change the way in which we look at tackling major donor fundraising? I’ve listened to lots of people talk about Deepak Chopra and the insights that this view provides. How does this helps us get out of the current fiscal challenges that we face across the globe? Read more here

General Innovations

Big Data Philanthropy for Humanitarian Response

I think that we will see this happen sometime in the not too distant future. At present the big data conversation is something that I’ve seen IBM talking about a lot but there must be opportunities to use this in the not for profit world. Here’s a piece I found from twitter… from irevolution read the full article from the link


Jonah Lehrer on How to Be Creative –

Whilst I don’t subscribe to having any creativity within my work, I have done some creative things like learning to play musical instruments, and taking photographs. This is an interesting take about creativity, we are all capable of it and in these austere times we need to do more of it.

Creativity can seem like magic. We look at people like Steve Jobs and Bob Dylan, and we conclude that they must possess supernatural powers denied to mere mortals like us, gifts that allow them to imagine what has never existed before. They’re “creative types.” We’re not.

The myth of the “creative type” is just that–a myth, argues Jonah Lehrer. In an interview with WSJ’s Gary Rosen he explains the evidence suggesting everyone has the potential to be the next Milton Glaser or Yo-Yo Ma.

But creativity is not magic, and there’s no such thing as a creative type. Creativity is not a trait that we inherit in our genes or a blessing bestowed by the angels. It’s a skill. Anyone can learn to be creative and to get better at it. New research is shedding light on what allows people to develop world-changing products and to solve the toughest problems. A surprisingly concrete set of lessons has emerged about what creativity is and how to spark it in ourselves and our work.

via Jonah Lehrer on How to Be Creative –


Software Donations from the Charity Technology Trust (CTT)

Through this programme, eligible UK-based charities are able to request donated technology products from Partners such as Microsoft, Symantec and Cisco.

The products include operating system software and server software, security software and hardware products such as switches, routers, wireless equipment and firewalls.

CTT and TechSoup are actively working to further expand the programme to include donations from other leading corporate technology donors.

Charities are required to pay a small Administrative Fee to cover the costs of the programme. Whilst the administrative fees vary, charities will still make savings of between 92-96% on typical retail prices.

via About CTX | Charity Technology Exchange CTX.