Attend our Grantmaker AND Nonprofit Skills and Strategies Event on May 7

Storytelling with Data- Using Data Visualization to Enhance Communications Between Grantmakers and Nonprofits

Speaker: Cole Nussbaumer, Storytelling with Data and Manager of Analytics at Google – click here for bio  

Foundations and nonprofits now more than ever use and rely on data to drive decision making, rendering critical the ability to craft an effect story with data.  Key to success is learning to present data visually in a way that ensures the message is understood by the audience.
This Grantmaker and Nonprofit Skills and Strategies session combines theory with practical application of data visualization best practices.  Concepts will be made concrete through the use of a number real world examples and hands-on learning.

When: Monday, May 7, 2011
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM: Breakfast
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Overview of data visualization theory and best practices
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Hands-on learning workshopWhere: Engineer’s Club of St. Louis, 4359 Lindell BlvdOpen to: Member Grantmakers (free), NonMember Grantmakers ($35), Nonprofits ($35) (Note this is in place of our spring Meet the Donor program.)

Click here to register.


At the end of this interactive session, participants should be able to:

  • Comprehend difference between a poor visual and an effective one and identify examples of each.
  • Employ preattentive attributes to direct attention and provide a visual hierarchy of information.
  • Recognize flair that doesn’t add informative value and be comfortable cutting it from visual displays.
  • Know what type of visual to use given the information that is to be displayed.
  • Understand affordances, accesibility, and aesthetics and how to apply these design principles to data visualizations.
  • Synthesize lessons learned to transform a poor visual into an effective one.
Please contact Lindsey Linzer at lindsey@centerforgiving.org with questions about this program. 

Call for examples: Do you have an infographic you would like feedback on? Send an electronic version of your data visualization (table, graph, slide – any sort of data representation) to cole.nussbaumer@gmail.com  by April 9th for possible inclusion in the storytelling with data hands-on workshop.

Special thanks to the Bland Family Foundation for helping to support the Grantmaker Skills and Strategies series.
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