Measurement is an important aspect of managing a nonprofit, and nonprofit performance dashboards can tell a lot. They can help readers visualize performance over time, monitor program impact and measure progress toward various goals. But simply measuring, without providing meaning, can render those dashboards useless to your organization, its board and its supporters.
In this e-newsletter, you’ll learn how to create dashboards that tell a meaningful story—a story that can help you celebrate success, raise a red flag or take other action. These best practices will help you paint a picture that tells the story of your nonprofit.
Remember, dashboards are an integral part of nonprofit management. They show stakeholders performance over time, the impact your programs and services have, and progress towards various goals. Use these tips to add meaning to your measurements and share a story worth reading.
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