Blueprint for a Dream was founded on the belief that all people have a vision of what vibrant and healthy communities look like, but they don’t always know how to build them. With the right tools and information, we can help our neighbors thrive and our cities and towns prosper. Blueprint for a Dream makes it easier for nonprofits, citizens, businesses, and government to understand community needs and work together to solve social problems by collecting and organizing public data. Everything becomes available at no cost on our website.
What is Blueprint for a Dream?
Blueprint for a Dream is a social enterprise dedicated to making it easier and more affordable for nonprofits to map, analyze, and communicate their impact using data. We focus on nonprofits because they are are key partners in developing strong communities, working tirelessly to meet society’s greatest needs, but often without adequate resources. Despite the fact that nearly 100% of US nonprofits are collecting data, fewer than half are using it to measure outcomes for clients, or improve fundraising and communications. Most charities cited a lack of time, skills, or funding as an obstacle to using data more effectively.
The Change We Seek:
We believe that measuring impact should not get in the way of helping people. Blueprint for a Dream is working to make it easier for Human Services and Community Development focused nonprofits to demonstrate the results they are getting across the country. We want the more than 200,000 charities directly addressing our nation’s greatest needs to have more time, more energy, and more resources to accomplish their missions.
Did you know?
In 2011, nonprofits spent an average of $50,000 in project-based technology consulting, as well as between 15 and 20 hours a week managing data. We want to reduce the amount charities spend annually on external services and free up more time for mission-related work.
Blueprint for a Dream finds and writes grants for nonprofits to create comprehensive collections of geographically-specific data. Once established, the resources are available online and updated regularly without any hosting, subscription, or access fees.