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The Learning Conference 2011

June 6–7, 2011

Baltimore, MD

A5: Putting Emerging Data Standards to Work for Grantmaking

Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at 8:30 AM–10:00 AM EDT
Chapter Room (Fourth Floor)
Session description

Online and shared impact assessment tools are more prevalent than ever, but it’s important for grantmakers to know how and when to use these resources, as well as the relative strengths and weaknesses of each. Engage in a discussion with leaders working to build the shared impact measurement framework Charting Impact. Explore how standardized information can improve field-wide learning and evaluation, the benefits and limitations of centralized data collection and dissemination, and the application of comparable data to your grantmaking decisions.

Participant learning goals

• Hear from those working to build an online, collective impact measurement framework about how those systems are being adopted and how they can support the work of nonprofits and grantmakers.
• Explore how data standards can be useful in your grantmaking.

Intended learning level

Exploration — exploration of ideas you’ve probably heard before in a way that builds further knowledge and understanding


Molly G. Martin, Lumina Foundation for Education
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Speaker Biography

Molly G. Martin is the associate for planning and organizational learning at Lumina Foundation for Education. She started with the foundation in 2007, after working seven years at postsecondary institutions in Indianapolis — two as an academic program coordinator at Butler University, and then five as the faculty and staff governance coordinator at Indiana University-Perdue University Indianapolis. Prior to her work in Indiana, she was the marketing director for a consulting firm in Charleston, W.Va., and worked as a legislative tracker for that state’s retirement board. Martin holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Charleston and is a published freelance writer.

Mikaela Seligman, Independent Sector
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Speaker Biography

Mikaela Seligman is vice president, nonprofit and philanthropic leadership and practice for Independent Sector. She directs IS’s efforts to strengthen leadership, accountability and effectiveness in nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining IS, she co-founded The OCL Group, was a program officer in the early years of AmeriCorps, was vice president and COO for the largest coordinator of volunteer services in Greater Washington, and was senior advisor for education to Washington, D.C., Mayor Tony Williams. Mikaela holds a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, a certificate in leadership coaching from Georgetown University, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University.

Dan Moore, GuideStar
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Speaker Biography

Dan Moore leads GuideStar's efforts to strengthen and expand the DonorEdge Learning Community, a group of innovative community foundations committed to inspiring informed and effective philanthropy and increasing charitable giving. DonorEdge is an on-line source of nonprofit and community information, as well as a community foundation resource to create knowledge from the data collected. Before joining GuideStar, Moore was the chief charity regulator for the state of New Mexico and served as president of the National Association of State Charity Officials. A nationally recognized expert on nonprofit accountability, Moore holds a bachelor’s degree from Miami University and a master's degree from the University of New Mexico.

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