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Rhiza helps the Tides Foundation with the Never Ending Data Story

One of our customers, the Tides Foundation, recently partnered with Rhiza to analyze the impact of its grantmaking activities. Irene Kao, Project Manager for the Impact and Innovation Department at Tides talks about her experience of using Rhiza Upshot to bring their data to life to tell a continuous story that is meaningful, dynamic, and actionable in a recent blog post on NTEN’s Non-Profit Technology Blog.

Below is a map created by Irene using Rhiza Upshot that looks at the location of the education grants awarded by Tides in 2010 alongside contextual data about the areas of the country where the education needs are the greatest. Irene looked at indicators like per pupil public school funding, reading proficiency, and high school graduation rates. The result was an easy to understand visual framework that can be used to facilitate new conversations about education funding decisions going forward.

In the NTEN blog Irene says “The map, then, becomes the beginning of a story that continues with partner discussions around strategy and what the work looks like in a year, in two years, and onward. By harnessing quantitative data, our community begins a kind of qualitative “choose-your-own-adventure” story – one that empowers people to make decisions based on firmly anchored information and desired impact.”

For a closer look at how Tides is measuring impact, read Irene’s blog post on NTEN’s Non-Profit Technology Blog.

Cool Tools: User-filtered biz news, tourism aggregation, brief map links, and geodata parties

Some more cool tools:

  • BusinessWeek has launched Business Exchange, a user-filtered news aggregator separated into professional interest topics. (My personal favorite – the urban planning feed.)
  • NYCGo has collected myriad New York City travel brochures into one interactive map so popular that heavy traffic crashed the site soon after it went live. [via New York Times City Room]
  • “Some map makers have found a way to draw people to their detail-oriented field: have a party. It involves replacing beer — at least for part of a day — with a GPS (Global Positioning System) unit to build on OpenStreetMap, a project that uses volunteers to map the world.” [via PCWorld]
  • Mapof.it creates short, human-readable URLs for several mapping sites. [via LifeHacker]

Cool Tools: Urban reinvestment, language acquisition, and daily letters to Obama

Obviously, Rhiza Labs makes the coolest participatory Web tools around. And, there’s a lot of creativity in the web world. We’re particularly impressed with:

Check these out to see a few more ways that social media is changing the way we plan, learn, communicate and do business — and stay tuned for future round-ups.

Nonprofits Say “Ahhhh…”

This tax season, nonprofit organizations will, for the first time, be required to undergo what K&L Gates health care attorney Ed Weisgerber describes as a “corporate endoscopy”:

If the hospital has affiliated for-profit businesses, the IRS wants to know about them in detail. Do the executives fly first-class on business trips„ There’s a place for reporting that information. If two board members have a 10 percent stake in the same business, the IRS wants to know that, too — even if the business has nothing to do with the hospital. More people will have to disclose their salaries.

And the form will grow yet again a year from now, as hospitals will then have to fill out a special Schedule H to document exactly what “community benefit” they contribute to justify their tax-exempt status.

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