CAMDEN — The next offering in the United Midcoast Charities free educational series, Learn with UMC, for local nonprofits will be presented by the University of Southern Maine’s Data Innovation Project.
The workshop, Track Your Impact, is designed to help nonprofits use data to achieve their intended impact.
Wednesday, May 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the United Farmers Market in Belfast.
Funders of all kinds increasingly expect nonprofits to demonstrate their impact through program data, according to UMC, in a news release. As nonprofits are expected to take on more work previously funded by the public sector and competition for charitable dollars increases, effective data can give crucial strength to a nonprofit’s fundraising efforts.
Effective use of data can improve every aspect of nonprofit impact, from guiding strategic direction and program development to dramatically improving fund-ability.
Learn with UMC: Track Your Impact will guide participants from Knox and Waldo county nonprofit organizations through the purpose and processes of developing a performance measurement approach.
Attendees will define what they want to measure, set priorities, craft quality measurement objectives, and learn how to foster a data-informed culture in their organizations.
Attendees will leave with a firm foundation in how to build a performance measurement plan, a clear next step, and a workbook to support them going forward.
The Data Innovation Project was founded with support from the Maine Economic Improvement Fund and is housed within the Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy at the Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine.
The Data Innovation Project improves Maine’s capacity for data-informed decision making by providing access to affordable information and instruction, skilled technical assistance, and open access to a growing body of resources.
There is no cost to participate, but space is limited and registration is required.
Sign up under events on unitedmidcoastcharities.org or call UMC at 236-2299 for more information.
United Midcoast Charities, founded in 1942, is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to energize Midcoast Maine nonprofit agencies through finance and guidance, supporting a network of resources stronger than any single organization.
Areas of focus are food, housing, health and safety, and economic security.
In 2018 UMC awarded grants totaling $500,000 to more than 40 agencies as part of their community-led competitive Grants Program.
More information is available at www.unitedmidcoastcharities.org.