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How Granity can help you obtain B Corp certification
The B Corp certification process can seem daunting at first but using the Granity software system to track your important measures and increase transparency can help. Becoming certified as a B Corp is a way to formalise your commitment to positive social and environmental impact and to show your customers and employees that you’re serious about creating positive change in the world while also building a profitable business. If you’ve heard of the B Corp certification but aren&r...
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New Zealand Earthquake Update

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New Zealand Earthquake Update
In the early hours of the 14th of November 2016, New Zealanders and Cantabrians were awoken by a 7.8 earthquake centred on the east coast of the South Island. It has had vast ecological, infrastructural and personal repercussions already and hundreds have been stranded with the destruction of state highways and roads. It’s a situation that you, as a not-for-profit worker have likely accounted numerous times. The details may vary: natural disaster, war or socioeconomic challenges, but t...
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The Struggle For Transparency

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The Struggle For Transparency
You run a not-for-profit organisation with the goal of changing lives and yet every day are distracted by the ongoing battle to prove you're doing what you say you're doing. Sound familiar?   Not-for-profits are consistently held to a high level of accountability and too often lose efficiency and effectiveness amongst the ever increasing paperwork required to do so. Of course transparency plays an integral role in donor satisfaction, funding accountability and organisational d...
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Balancing your own measurement requirements with Donor requirements
Monitoring and Evaluation can sometimes feel like a top-down process, where donors direct the data collection requirements. This can be problematic, because the data that donors require isn’t necessarily the same as the data organizations need in order to deliver projects and activities, and improve service for clients.
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How to write good survey questions

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How to write good survey questions
Good questions are critical in order to collect relevant and useful data from surveys. If you get this wrong, you can end up with surveys that are annoying for respondents to answer and results that just don’t make sense. Whether you’re using surveys for staff, clients, beneficiaries or other stakeholders the principles of good question design are the same.
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Managing information in a geographically dispersed organization
Although this challenge is not limited to non-for-profit organizations, it is common for organizations in the development sector to be spread across several sites, regions and countries. Sometimes there will be staff that work in “the field” (whatever that may mean for each organization) and rarely visit an office. Or staff will work across many dispersed offices. While all this enables non-profit organizations to have the reach that they do, it can also be a nightmare to manage.
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Mobile data collection for monitoring and evaluation in international development
Using mobile data collection for monitoring and evaluation can save time and money while increasing accuracy. Currently, many NGOs in developing countries still use manual methods for collecting, recording and reporting data. In international development projects, a typical data collection process can look like this:
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Announcement: Granity is visiting Nepal

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Announcement: Granity is visiting Nepal
One of our founding directors, Grant Meikle, will be visiting Nepal from mid to late April. Having worked in an NGO in Nepal in the 1980s, he’s maintained strong ties with the country ever since. This trip will be spent connecting with NGOs operating in Nepal, and discussing their data collection, management and reporting needs.
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The disadvantages of in-house custom software development: A story of “captured” software
When purchasing nonprofit management software, it can be hard to decide whether to develop custom software solutions or to choose an off-the-self software product. Charities and NGOs will sometimes opt to build software in-house that is designed for the specific problems that they face, and the specific tasks they need to accomplish – rather than purchase out-of-the-box software that will be naturally limited.
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Welcome to Granity's nonprofit management blog

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Welcome to Granity's nonprofit management blog
If you’re new here, welcome! This blog is for non-profit and third sector professionals interested in management, monitoring, evaluation, governance, reporting and technology. We discuss commonly faced problems in the sector, best practice, and advancements in technology that impact on development work.
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  • How Granity can help you obtain B Corp certification

    The B Corp certification process can seem daunting at first but using the Granity software system to track your important measures and increase transparency can help. Becoming certified as a B Corp...
  • New Zealand Earthquake Update

    In the early hours of the 14th of November 2016, New Zealanders and Cantabrians were awoken by a 7.8 earthquake centred on the east coast of the South Island. It has had vast ecological, infrastructur...
  • The Struggle For Transparency

    You run a not-for-profit organisation with the goal of changing lives and yet every day are distracted by the ongoing battle to prove you're doing what you say you're doing. Sound familiar? ...
  • Balancing your own measurement requirements with Donor requirements

    Monitoring and Evaluation can sometimes feel like a top-down process, where donors direct the data collection requirements. This can be problematic, because the data that donors require isn’t nece...
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