Coffee, Donuts and GIS


Non-Profits and GIS go together like, well, Coffee and Donuts.


Non-profits serve a diverse population (elderly, youth, sick, poor, etc.) and depending on the types of services the non-profit provides the geographic scope can be a neighborhood, or the entire planet.


A useful GIS application for a non-profit is a service gap analysis.For example, a non-profit wants to know the spatial relationship between the elderly population of Connecticut and the senior center or senior housing.


There is a misconception that GIS is an expensive endeavor, and depending on the organizations needs this is true. However, as GIS becomes a more mainstream business application, more “open source” options are available to perform basic spatial analysis. In addition, there is a plethora of free data sets available for use in GIS. Examples include the US Census, Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, and the University of Connecticut.


We will explore this morning the relationship between day cares, socio-economic demographics, and transportation. After completing this project I am sure you will be able to think of how GIS can help your organization.



Open the Valley Child Care Map Project


Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection

U.S. Census Bureau