Splunk for Nonprofit Organizations

Gain a better understanding of your data and perform your organization's mission faster and with greater efficiency using Splunk software. Used by nonprofits like and NPR, Splunk lets organizations maximize the efficiency of their data systems and maintain security across their digital operations.

Splunk Delivers Insight Into Machine Data

Given the budgetary and resource constraints of today's not-for-profit organizations, you are required to make the most of your IT investment and data resources. Using Splunk you'll achieve real-time analysis and understanding of what is happening across your nonprofit's IT systems and infrastructure. Splunk uses untapped machine data to identify problems, risks and opportunities to drive lower costs, more effective operations and better decisions for IT and the organization as a whole.

Nonprofit organizations like yours are increasing technical operating efficiency, ensuring security and compliance, detecting network abuse and enhancing constituent services by using Splunk. See the examples below for just some of the ways Splunk can give your nonprofit new levels of compliance, visibility and service. Moreover, because Splunk can index any form of time-series data, not just machine data, getting extra value out of your data is limited only by your imagination. We look forward to seeing innovative uses created by new nonprofit sector partners.

Operating Efficiency

Attempting to manage large networks of participants and contributors, or large distributed technology systems is often a challenge for nonprofit organizations. Splunk data can be invaluable in early detection of unusual or fraudulent usage patterns, as well as potential security compromises.

Security and Compliance

Many large nonprofit organizations must meet multiple regulatory requirements and standards including PCI and HIPAA, among others. Achieve the data collection, auditing, data storage and visibility requirements of these regulations by using Splunk. Your IT organization can ensure cost-effective security and compliance to best mitigate risk. Implementations can also be designed for grant and contract reporting requirements.

Enhancing Constituent Services

Get insight into key issues and metrics across your applications and IT infrastructure by using Splunk to index, search and analyze data. With Splunk, you can easily perform end-to-end transaction tracking across all systems that constituents or staff touch.

Making Public Data Usable

Visualize and query almost any data source with Splunk. Making publicly available federal, state, or local government or academic data visible and useful to the general public is one of the missions of Splunk at many non-profit organizations.

Splunk Delivers Rapid Time to Value

Unlike traditional enterprise software solutions, you can try Splunk for free and install it in minutes. Splunk has been built to deliver rapid time to value and can run a variety of apps and add-ons that extend the capabilities of Splunk and make it easier to use. These applications are available on Splunkbase and include pre-built metrics, reports and dashboards, all of which can be deployed rapidly to augment core Splunk capabilities. In addition, your nonprofit organization can build applications for everything from operational analytics to research computer scheduling on HPC clusters, then share them via Splunkbase.

Nonprofit Customers is the world's largest genealogy organization, with over 2.8 billion searchable names, 800 million searchable images, and 300 million new names added annual by a team of more than 500,000 volunteers. Familysearch initially purchased Splunk licenses to simply monitor log traffic and monitor application performance, but quickly realized that the power of the Splunk tools could be deployed to improve their rollouts of new features and increase efficiency across multiple aspects of their systems and organizations. Now they're approaching 99.999% uptime without an increase in staff, and rolling out new features on one day rather than across a three-month implementation cycle, and using Splunk to monitor for fraud.


NPR is a privately- and publicly-funded non-profit membership media organization that distributes award-winning news, information and music programming to a network of 900 independent stations, reaching nearly 27 million listeners. NPR uses Splunk for digital intelligence, tracking real-time visitor metrics, performing ad hoc analyses, and viewing historical trends. They've built custom dashboards to understand how customers interact with NPR's web-based text and audio content to refine their programming and digital strategy and fundraising.