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Ever wonder how well received your annual dinner event is? Looking to evaluate a new program? Need to collect data for a big research project? Surveys can be a huge help in understanding what your constituents think and how successful your programs are.

And good tools can be a big part of that. Online survey tools can be a very cost-effective way for delivering surveys and collecting and analyzing results through one central system. While they’re not going to be the right fit for every research need (for instance, a paper survey is likely to get a much-higher response rate at an in-person event, and provide more accurate data among populations that are not as comfortable with computers), online surveys are great for gathering informal data quickly and easily.

There are a number of these tools available. How do they compare? Idealware spoke to three nonprofit staff members with extensive survey experience, consulted postings on a number of nonprofit listservs, and scoured reports and article on the topic. Below, we walk through the online survey tools that have worked for others, and might work for you as well.

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Is tax season a time of time of stress, chaos, and panic or a relatively trouble-free period? Can you access the information you need in your accounting software, create reports, and track restricted funds, or does just logging on make you worry about crashing your computer?

The accounting software you use will make or break this time of year for you and can mean the difference between a painful tax season and an easy one. If you’re struggling to create reports, track expenses and complete the necessary tasks, it may be time for a new system. Maybe we can’t prepare your taxes for you, but we can suggest a few tools to help.

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A Web presence is critical for almost every nonprofit, but creating a Web site can be daunting. It can take a lot of time, money, and technical expertise—things that are often in short supply. And just because you have a Web site up and running doesn’t mean your work is done. You still need to keep up with maintenance, updates, and desirable new features.

In this report, we take a look at four different open source Content Management Systems—WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and Plone—and rate them on a variety of criteria, including system flexibility, features, ease of use and the availability of support.

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Description: 

Tableau Desktop and Tableau Prep Builder are software applications for data preparation, analysis, and visualization. Through a drag-and-drop interface, they allow users to connect to most databases and spreadsheets, create and share interactive visualizations and dashboards, and prepare data for analysis. No programming is necessary.

This donation provides a two-year license for both Tableau Desktop and Tableau Prep Builder for one user. This user may use the software on up to two devices during this time. The product will cease to function entirely after two years unless the subscription is renewed. See the Subscription Details section below for more information.

Benefits for Organizations

You can use Tableau Desktop and Tableau Prep Builder to

  • Reduce time creating reports
  • Combine, shape, and clean your data in preparation for analysis
  • Automate tasks like grouping similar objects, replacing data from other fields, and creating calculations
  • Provide transparency to donors and funding organizations through interactive visuals that illustrate program progress and impact
  • Analyze donor trends to be more effective with marketing campaigns and fundraising
  • Perform rapid and detailed analytics by linking data from multiple sources

Knowledge of data structure is recommended, but not required. If you are comfortable creating spreadsheets, you should be able to learn to use Tableau.

Major Capabilities

  • Preparing data: Tableau can take data from many sources, combine it together, and create associations between data.
  • Connection to multiple data sources: Tableau can access data from sources such as Excel files, QuickBooks Online, Salesforce, Access, and SQL databases.
  • Choice of visualization types: Depending on your selected data, you can display it on a map or as a bar chart, pie chart, heat map, area chart, and more.
  • Dashboards: You can create dashboards that display several different visualizations at once.
  • Stories: You can create a sheet that contains a sequence of worksheets and dashboards that work together to convey information. Users click story points in a navigator to proceed through the sequence.
  • Filtering: You can set up filters on your visualizations so that you can choose to view parts of the data at a time. For example, you might want to view the data for a particular region and income level.
  • Sharing: You can share Tableau workbooks with other Tableau Desktop users, as static images or PDF files, through the free Tableau Reader, or online with Tableau Public.

You can learn more on Tableau's website, which includes a gallery of example visualizations.

Support

Tableau provides support through an online knowledge base, online training videos, and full access to support staff.

Tableau also offers free consultations to nonprofits through Tableau Service Corps.

Choose Carefully

The administrative fee for this product is not refundable, and the product cannot be exchanged.

Obtaining This Product

When TechSoup Asia approves your donation request, we will send a message to your organization email address with instructions for obtaining and activating this product.

Subscription Details

System Requirements See Tableau system requirements.
Continuing Service After Two Years You may renew your subscription by requesting another product through TechSoup Asia every two years before the subscription expires. Tableau will notify you 30 days before expiration, both by email and within the product.
Existing Subscribers Eligible This offer is available to current Tableau subscribers.
Previewing Tableau Desktop and Tableau Prep Builder If you've participated in the free trial for Tableau, or previously downloaded a free trial, you can request this product to activate your trial version.
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