Nonprofit organizations work to make the world a better place—and often on a shoestring budget. They don’t have time, money or resources to waste on inefficient processes. At the same time, many of the foundations and grantors that provide funding to these organizations are requiring data-driven results to justify donations. Business Intelligence can help nonprofits maximize their efforts while minimizing costs and report on it to the satisfaction of their grantors and funders. At Salos Services, we’ve collaborated with many nonprofit organizations and helped them effectively use data to answer business questions, efficiently analyze information, and create actionable results. Here are three examples of nonprofits that saw substantial benefits after implementing a Business Intelligence process with Salos and its proprietary systems and technology.
CMWN must legally provide the state of Colorado with detailed reports. To fulfill this requirement, CMWN needed a process to collect data simply and effectively.
The State of Colorado asked WNIS to regularly collect weather data, but their processes required significant resources and proved to be ineffective.
Book Trust used three different databases and wanted a system to compile its data and monitor progress toward its organizational goals
The Colorado Mental Wellness Network (CMWN) is a mental health advocacy and education organization that provides individuals with lived experience with mental health/substance use conditions or both with opportunities to improve the quality of their lives, give back to the community through meaningful roles, and to change the perceptions of mental health. As part of its operations, CMWN must provide the state of Colorado’s Office of Behavioral Health detailed reports demonstrating that it is reaching its goals and upholding its mission statement. To fulfill this requirement, CMWN needed a process to collect data simply and effectively.
Salos Services used Business Intelligence capabilities to create an automated data flow system. With Salos’s proprietary software Neptune, different audiences, including the Board of Directors, their funders, partnering agencies, and CMWN’s internal team can access their reports. Using the Salos-designed system, management can assess how well CMWN’s Peer Support Specialists are collecting data and identify areas of improvement. Neptune’s reporting system is intended to grow with CMWN and Salos Services is always available to pivot as changes arise.
The Worldmind Nature Immersion School (WNIS) integrates academic principles with natural world experiences to give students a well rounded, mindful, learning experience. The State of Colorado asked WNIS to regularly collect weather data to determine if exposure to the elements would be an issue to its students. As a result, WNIS school teachers collected data every hour and spend additional time compiling data and preparing reports to show children are safe during inclement weather conditions such as thunderstorms, high heat, extreme cold, and poor air quality. This effort required significant resources and proved to be ineffective.
In conjunction with a larger initiative, Salos Services created an automated weather data collection process that could generate reports automatically. The developed reporting included thresholds to indicate extreme weather patterns and a system that alerted teachers when to document mitigation to inclement weather conditions. Introducing this automation drastically decreased the time spent on data collection and report generation efforts.
Book Trust provides low-income students the opportunity to select and own books of their choice, resulting in improved reading skills and family engagement around literacy. As Book Trust grew, some of its internal processes and reporting capabilities no longer worked efficiently. Before working with Salos, the organization used three different databases and wanted a system to compile its data into a central dashboard. This dashboard would monitor progress toward its departmental and organizational goals and ultimately help in making informed business decisions.
Salos created a dashboard for each of the three departments along with an executive dashboard that blended data from the three siloed departments. These dashboards could be accessed on a daily basis to review up-to-date information about progress within the organization. By using the master dashboard, Book Trust can assess if funding should be increased or decreased, or if teachers were using the program correctly. As a result, Book Trust is now a more efficient and data-driven organization that can scale its processes and achieve its mission statement effectively.
By using data to identify issues and improve processes, Salos Services revolutionized these nonprofit organization’s efficiency, ultimately helping each to do more good. At Salos Services, we leverage Business Intelligence to make the data work for nonprofit organizations. If you want to unleash the potential of your nonprofit organization’s data, then Salos Services is the right partner for the job. Click here to learn more about our proprietary approach to Business Intelligence and how it can help your organization do more good with less.