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Business Intelligence for Nonprofit Fundraising

321 NW Glisan St Suite 700
Portland, OR 97212, US (map)
Public WiFi



Is your donor data managed by a handful of systems that perform well for data entry tasks but that are inadequate for deep analysis especially over the long term? Or are you adept at querying your donor and gift management systems, but is doing so a laborious and time consuming task? Do you have multiple versions of the truth, and do they all compete for the attention of fundraisers and decision makers?

Do any of these scenarios sound familiar? Do you lack the ability to query and explore your fundraising data in an efficient, authoritative, and insightful manner?

Using the tools and techniques of business intelligence, you can gain actionable insight about your donors and make your fundraising efforts more effective. In this session, I will demonstrate how you can use the Microsoft SQL Server business intelligence platform to create a powerful reporting solution, explore your donor file in highly interactive ways, and discover new opportunities for fundraising.

What is Business Intelligence? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_intelligence

Why do you need Business Intelligence? http://www.jamesserra.com/archive/2013/03/why-you-need-business-intelligence/

Stop by for discussion, networking with the nonprofit tech crowd, and refreshments!


Based in Portland, Gregory Gross develops database and business intelligence solutions primarily on the Microsoft SQL Server database platform. His specialties include transactional database development, data integration and migration, and data reporting and analytics. He has experience in the health care, environment regulation, and nonprofit philanthropy. You can read more about Gregory on his website, www.gregorygross.com.



Networking and refreshments 6pm-6:30pm

Presentation 6:30pm-7:45pm

Community announcements and networking 7:45pm-8pm



Mobility Access: The main entrance on Glisan opens right into the ThinkShout office and there is one step. However, there's a side entrance on 4th that is wheelchair accessible. If using that entrance, dial 001 on the keypad to be buzzed in.

Hearing Access: We will not have access to a PA system.

Sight Access: We will use either a large monitor or a projector for presentations.

We want everyone to be able to participate in the PDXTech4Good community and events. Please don't hesitate to let us know what we can do to accommodate your needs.


Parking & Transportation

There's a large paid parking lot next to ThinkShout on 4th and Glisan as well as another across the street. There's also lots of street parking.

ThinkShout is close to the MAX, streetcar, and several bus lines.


What you'll get out of PDXTech4Good events

Nonprofit staffers will find a friendly, welcoming atmosphere for those not experienced with technology, and many chances to ask questions of tech-experienced nonprofits and experts.

Techies will find opportunities to hear the real-world stories of nonprofit clients, and put their own expertise to social good — as well as the potential for lasting relationships (be they paid or volunteer) with leading organizations in our community.

Activists and community organizers will see and be given the chance to present on successful uses of technology for social change. We'll explore how technology can help support activism and where activism can push it forward.