Dashboards for Nonprofits

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In this age of data visualization, it’s useful to have a few good dashboards in your nonprofit’s toolbox!

Dashboards can help boards and staff of nonprofits organize and understand large amounts of data. Dashboards can also be shared with donors and grantmakers to help familiarize them with a nonprofit’s programs or finances.

Some dashboards illustrate performance over time, such as numbers of people served; others offer a snap shot view of a situation, such as the current status of a nonprofit’s cash flow. Nonprofit staff can use dashboards to monitor a nonprofit’s social media influence, or to show board members financial indicators, or to illustrate how much progress has been made towards various goals. An effective dashboard illustrates rather than tells the audience about needed actions or decisions. The uses are varied, and the results are usually an “ah ha!” moment.

Measuring success with dashboards

A dashboard can chart the progress made towards achieving specific goals, and also illustrate who is accountable, making them terrific tools for performance measurement.

Examples of dashboards

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Dashboard Tools

Resources About Dashboards

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