We're excited to introduce the first part of our annual #SANTALYTICS challenge — an all-inclusive, non-denominational, secular, festive excuse for some friendly competition using Alteryx.
If you are just checking out Santalytics for the first time, please read the announcement blog for the inside scoop: #SANTALYTICS 2018
In the spirit of the season, the Community team would like to donate to a local Colorado charity and we need your help! In today's challenge, you'll help us find a worthy charity, and in next week's part II, you'll help us determine exactly how to spend the money.
We need you to analyze publicly available IRS data. There are three key datasets:
Blend and analyze the data to determine which charity we will donate to given:
Once you've narrowed down the list based on the above criteria, rank the remaining charities based on fundraising efficiency and select the top charity! (see Fundraising expenses and Total contributions fields)
Extra credit: Come up with your own ranking criteria to identify a worthy charity in your neck of the woods!
2018-12-17 update: our particular solution here.
'Tis the season for my favorite analytics challenges!!! My solution for Part 1...
NOTE: I had to connect to the Form 990 file directly from the IRS website since the one linked as the "download Form 990 Extract here" link appears to be the EZ version, which doesn't have the fields we need... :)
So here it is. I got a little hung up on the calculation for Average Fundraising Efficiency since its across 3 years and from what I could see in the data only 2 non-profits had that much data. I pulled in 3 years worth of data from the IRS site and bucketed the averages from there. I'm still learning Alteryx so I'm sure there may be some errors in my tool use but I wanted to get this out there.
Based on my data I would select Denver Scholarship foundation.
Also, I did have issues with the IRS dataset not showing the correct fields for the challenge so I downloaded the correct one directly from the site.