How Big Data Will Change the Face of Philanthropy I The Wall Street Journal (Dec 2013)

By Lucy Bernholz “It is more difficult to give money away intelligently than to earn it in the first place,” observed one of the great philanthropists of the 20th century, Andrew Carnegie.

Today, with almost two million nonprofits in the U.S., the challenge of knowing which to support and which to avoid is more challenging than ever. How can individuals and foundations put their money where it’s most needed, and in ways that will be most effective? And how can charities themselves spend the dollars they receive in ways that best fulfill their missions?

Big data may hold some answers.

Just as the ability to access and analyze mountains of new information is transforming corporations, the era of big data has the potential to revolutionize the world of philanthropy—for both donors and charities. More, better and faster information can help donors channel dollars to the organizations that are most effective. It can help nonprofits identify the strategies that work best at fulfilling their missions. And it can guide philanthropies to the fundraising tactics that are most successful.

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Are You Competent? Prove It I The New York Times (Oct 2013)

Are You Competent? Prove It I The New York Times (Oct 2013)

IN 1893, Charles Eliot, president of Harvard, introduced to the National Education Association a novel concept: the credit hour. Roughly equivalent to one hour of lecture time a week for a 12- to 14-week semester, it became the basic unit of a college education, and the standard measure for transferring work between institutions. To be accredited, universities have had to base curriculums on credit hours and years of study.