A Data-Driven Approach to Practicing Effective Philanthropy

  • Thursday, February 16, 2023
  • 3:00 PM
  • Zoom Meeting


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A Data-Driven Approach to Practicing Effective Philanthropy
While individual donors give to causes they care about as a matter of the heart, many Florida grantmaking foundations give specifically to make a measurable, meaningful difference in communities we serve. While we may feel a sense of satisfaction in our work, institutional grantmakers must meet a higher standard by delivering measurable results through our efforts.

In this session, veteran community foundation CEO, Jeffrey R. Pickering, offers a comprehensive overview and detailed examples of how grantmaking foundations of all sizes can practice more effective philanthropy through a structured process that uses data, information, indicators of community needs and progress, insights, and analysis to get better, sustained results.


  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Philanthropy's Big Bang: From the Periodic Table to the Algorithm
  • Finding, Interpreting & Applying Big Data for More Effective Grantmaking
  • Case Studies of Data-Driven Approach to Supporting: Proven Programs, Promising Practices, Social Innovation & Policy Development
  • Helpful Technology Solutions
  • Practical Ways to Communicate Results

Session Format// Hands-on Workshop

Learning Objectives//

 • Learn a simple data-driven approach to practicing effective philanthropy
 • Learn about affordable, accessible tools to support a data-driven approach to practicing effective philanthropy

About the Speakers//

Jeffrey Pickering is President & CEO of Indian River Community Foundation in Vero Beach, FL. Mr. Pickering has more than 25 years of experience in philanthropy, nonprofit leadership & fundraising, including five years as President & CEO of Kern Community Foundation in Bakersfield, CA, & four years as Vice President at the Community Foundation of Central Florida. Prior to entering the community foundation field, Mr. Pickering served for 10 years in leadership roles at two nonprofit respite centers in Chicago, IL & Orlando, FL that provided residential medical recovery for ill & injured homeless adults discharged from area hospitals. Mr. Pickering is past Treasurer of the League of California Community Foundations, an alumnus of the CF Leads Executive Leadership Institute, & currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Indian River Estate Planning Council & is Chairman of the Community Foundations of Florida.

Chiaka Nwosu is Director of Philanthropy at Indian River Community Foundation in Vero Beach, FL. Chiaka is a Vero Beach native, beginning at Beachland Elementary School & graduating from Sebastian River High School's International Baccalaureate Program. She has extensive sales & technical user experience, specializing in data & information. Chiaka previously attended Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME & holds a Bachelor's Degree in Web Design & Development from Champlain College in Burlington, VT.

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