Using Data for Action and for Impact

Jim Fruchterman, Benetech CEO, has written an article published today in the Summer 2016 issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review on the growing urgency in the social sector to make better use of data to inform decision-making and evaluate performance. An excerpt follows: Everyone in the social sector, it seems, is discussing how to use […]

The Chronicle of Philanthropy Cites Jim Fruchterman on the Promise of Satellite Imagery for Nonprofits

Satellite imagery is expensive, but its potential to create social good excites nonprofit technology experts. In a story that reports on the plans of Silicon Valley start-up Planet Labs to bring down the cost of satellite imagery and significantly increase the recording frequency of such photos, The Chronicle of Philanthropy quotes our CEO, Jim Fruchterman, on the opportunities that cheaper remote imagery technology could open up for nonprofits.

Strengthening Nonprofit Accountability: Notes on the Upcoming Changes to Federal Award Guidelines

Benetech is a nonprofit that receives federal funding in support of its work, and therefore our Finance team has had the opportunity to familiarize ourselves with the upcoming changes to federal award guidelines that will take effect in December. In this post, I’d like to share key issues we’ve learned, with the hope that our nonprofit peers find this account useful. We believe that it’s worth learning more about these changes now rather than being surprised later—and that it’s well worth aiming for a special status that will save you money on your audits.