Season three of Untapped Philanthropy kicks off with new co-host, Neon One’s Director of Corporate Brand, Tim Sarrantonio, and a guest who came to philanthropy by way of technology: Michael Thatcher.

Michael currently serves as the President and CEO of Charity Navigator, but prior to making the nonprofit jump, he spent 15 years at Microsoft in a number of roles, eventually becoming CTO for public sector accounts in Africa, the Middle East, and Greater Asia. Much of his work grappled with social and economic change imperatives and explored how regions could use technology as a lever for change. He often worked with the local nonprofits and NGOs and therefore was acutely aware of data that was (or wasn’t) leveraged within these teams.

Together Michael, Fluxx CDO and co-founder, Kerrin Mitchell, and Tim, kick off season three by delving into the Philanthropy Data Commons, how nonprofits can leverage their Charity Navigator rating to be more discoverable for donors, and explore what data means to both sides of the giving coin.

In the seven years since Michael joined Charity Navigator, he’s been working to change the system of record for nonprofits, improve the Charity navigator rating system, and make nonprofits more discoverable for those who want to support their causes and communities.

“Charity Navigator helps build a bridge of trust between donors and the charities they want to support. It’s an impediment to giving, particularly in the United States. There’s a lack of trust in the nonprofit sector. So really, our mission is to make impactful philanthropy and giving easier for everyone,” said Michael.

While this mission has taken shape in a number of ways, one of Michael’s most important goals was to expand the work of Charity Navigator — leveraging his background in technology to help scale the work.

Read the full article about how nonprofits can use data at Fluxx.