Analyzing the Results of “The Future of #fundchat” Survey

By | July 13, 2011

Survey Says!Well, the results are in. Thanks to everyone who participated in the “Future of #fundchat” survey. The purpose of the survey was to get feedback from the “early adopters” of #fundchat. What works, what doesn’t, and how we can keep the momentum going.

Here’s a synopsis of the results:

Wednesdays Rock

The overwhelming majority chose Wednesday (47%) as the best day of the week for #fundchat. I’m guessing that those who took the survey already favored Wednesdays since they had participated since Day One. Tuesday came in second with a paltry 13%.

Prime Time is the Right Time

Although some comments favored during the work day, 70% chose either 8 or 9 p.m. EST. Some Twitter chatter I saw a few weeks back worried about #fundchat interfering with “Modern Family,” so we’ll have to keep an eye on that!

Gulp…Weekly it is!

Fifty-nine percent voted for #fundchat to take place on a weekly basis. Just 29% voted for bi-weekly. As moderator, I’ll have to do some math about whether or not I can sustain a weekly investment or perhaps some of the more (ahem!) dedicated participants could serve as backup. I’m just glad “daily” wasn’t an option!

Breadth of Experience

There was a nice breakdown of experience levels among #fundchat participants. Forty-four percent had 10 years or less of experience, while 56% had more than 10 years. I think this is a great mix of more experience and exuberance that should continue to serve us all well.

What’s it Worth?

I was stunned by the response to the question of usefulness and application of #fundchat in your work. On a scale of 1 to 5, the average was 4.13. Sixty percent said that #fundchat is helpful to their day-to-day work. Since the survey, I’ve seen many comments on Twitter where folks are expressing their appreciation for the insight and advice they receive from participating. Obviously, this is a key strength of #fundchat and needs to be fostered.

What do you Really Think?

There was a host of great feedback, but my favorite was “Serve cocktails.” During our last #fundchat, quite a few mentioned that they enjoy participating with a cool refreshing beverage, so I think we’ve found that in general, #fundchat participants are happy-hour types. It has also been rewarding to see so many kudos on Twitter. Some dubbed #fundchat as one of the “coolest” philanthropy hashtags on Twitter!

At this point, I’m not inclined to make any dramatic changes to #fundchat. The one area that I might look more closely at is changing the time, but that will be a decision I’ll make by the end of the summer. Above all, the key takeaway is that #fundchat is off to a great start, has attracted some amazing professionals who are expert and dedicated to their work, and who enjoy sharing their insights, frustrations and victories. I look forward to my role in continuing to foster this community for as long as we can continue to learn from and support one another.

You can see the complete survey results at What is your take on the results? Please share your comments below.

4 thoughts on “Analyzing the Results of “The Future of #fundchat” Survey

  1. Shana Masterson

    Hey Brendan! Thank you so much for all of your work on #fundchat! I found myself disappointed when I realized there wasn’t one tonight. That being said, I think your idea about using backup moderators is a good one. I would be more than happy to do so every once in a while and I’m positive some other #fundchat regulars would be as well.

    I’ll admit that I was a little leery of the 9 PM start time, but after giving it a try, I was sold! As for Modern Family, that is why DVRs exist. Of course, there is always the 8 PM option that leads into continued Twitter conversation while watching Modern Family together. Cameron is my favorite 😉

  2. brendankinney

    Thanks, Shana. I feel so lucky to have so many folks who care enough to actually volunteer to serve as moderator! I will definitely take folks up on the offer, as I imagine there will be weeks when I’ll be traveling, busy with work or family commitments. Thanks so much for being part of the #fundchat community.

    As for Modern Family, I love Claire and Phil…mostly because they remind me of my own home life! 😉 Thanks again and if you are interested in participating in the guest blogger series, please let me know. The first post went up this week and I have another one on the way soon!

  3. shanvdm

    Brendan! You’re a rockstar. The #fundchat series is too informative and too fun. Love that you had the idea and then acted on it. And like Shana, I’d be happy to moderate too. I participate in a couple other weekly chats and rotating moderators is the norm. Helps prevent burnout for sure! I’m also finding the guest blogging bit a nice value add! I wouldn’t mind contributing something soon. Do we choose our own topics?

    RE: Modern Family, did you hear they’re replacing Lily? Boo. That little girl is way too cute.

    1. BK

      That’s great…thanks for your offer and kind words. Please consider a blog post! Topic of your choice – what do you think would be of value to #fundchat tweeps? Word count should be around 600. I think the blog could serve as a hub for the community…

      So sad about Lily. She always had this look on her face like, “Everyone here is so nuts…” My favorite show at the moment!

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