Pittsburgh, PA — To increase transparency between organizations and communities, and help them access the information and technology needed to reach their shared goals, New Sun Rising has launched the Power in Numbers initiative.
This initiative allows leaders to track and compare their progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through the Vibrancy Portal, a central technology data management system created by New Sun Rising. Participants will also benefit from technical assistance to improve data collection and communications.
“I see this as a way of really bringing the community in to understanding the importance of numbers and why organizations may ask them specific questions,” said Jamie Johnson, Director of Programs at New Sun Rising. “Then there is the opportunity to have that anecdotal and qualitative storytelling happening so it personifies those numbers and connects the community at the same time.”
By assisting organizations in collecting and managing their information, this initiative gives leaders the ability to generate insights across multiple data sets to improve their outcomes, produce better reports, and engage stakeholders through storytelling. The information also contributes to a shared data resource, which serves to promote collective impact and advocacy.
“Power in Numbers allows me to do the capacity building work that I need to do without hiring an employee or spending funds that my organization doesn’t have,” said Muffy Mendoza, Executive Director of Brown Mamas. “This year, I was able to do some foundational work that I’d been putting off for years through the Power in Numbers initiative. It helped me apply for more funding and develop a strategic plan to guide Brown Mamas in the next 2-5 years.”
The Power in Numbers initiative is currently serving those that have participated in New Sun Rising’s capacity building or intermediary funding programs.
New Sun Rising will host a workshop from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, February 23 for interested nonprofit and social enterprise leaders to learn more about bringing the power of data and collaboration to their work.
Power in Numbers was developed and launched through the grant support of The Pittsburgh Foundation and Google (Tides Foundation).
Partnership or media inquiries about the initiative can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About New Sun Rising
New Sun Rising supports nonprofits and small businesses to build vibrant communities through culture, sustainability, and opportunity. NSR believes that people and communities hold the knowledge and power to make positive change. We envision a future where regenerative community development practices create the conditions for true social, environmental, and economic justice.