Data Visualization for Grantmakers (Chicago)

Thursday, April 19, 2018 -
9:00am to 10:30am
Robert R. McCormick Foundation
205 N. Michigan Avenue, 43rd Floor
This event is open to: 

Grantmaker Members of Forefront

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Grantmakers and their grantees have secret weapons for boosting impact. Almost every grantmaker and each of their grantees has two “secret” weapons, so secret that even those on staff might not be fully aware of them. The first is the data that they have packed away in databases and spreadsheets, often collecting virtual dust on their servers. The second is the visual superpowers of their staff members, board members, funders, and clients.

By visualizing data in charts, graphs, and maps, grantmakers and nonprofits can capitalize on these secret weapons to more effectively evaluate, plan, and fundraise. You will leave this introductory workshop with a clear understanding of:

  • How to deploy data visualization in your grantmaking
  • How to support your grantees’ visualization of their data
  • How to turn a good visualization into a great one
  • How to do all of this quickly, effectively, and economically



Amelia Kohm, Ph.D., is the founder of Data Viz for Nonprofits and has more than 20 years of experience studying, funding, and evaluating human services. She earned a certificate in data visualization from the University of Washington and has applied her data visualization skills in her ongoing work at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, a child policy research center.

Her research has concentrated on community schools, after-school programs, bullying, antisocial behavior, residential education, and inter-organizational issues which resulted in a book entitled, Strategic Restructuring for Nonprofit Organizations: Mergers, Integrations, and Alliances.

Prior to Chapin Hall, she worked as a program officer at the Sears Roebuck Foundation and at the Illinois Humanities Council. She earned her B.A. from Haverford College, and holds an M.A. from the School of Social Services Administration at the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from the University of Bath.