“When you trade isolation for communication, you can discover new ideas, increase the efficiency and effectiveness of your foundation, find new opportunities to do good and improve the trust that the public has in what you’re doing—and all of that will strengthen your foundation, improve the world, and grow your legacy even more. Make a commitment to build communities, not boundaries.”
This month we explore one of six plenaries for WINGSForum—women in philanthropy. We look at regional cross border trade, philanthropy during national transitions, and the impact of women’s rights movements, along with new articles from Barbara Ibrahim, Ruth Jones, and CAF’s Adam Pickering. We also take a special look at gender and agency in Africa…
The Foundation Center, the leading source of information on philanthropy worldwide, became the 200th organization to publish information on development spending to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) in December.
Learn about this effective data visualisation platform, designed to help grantmakers assess needs, tell their stories and plan the future of their programs.
Foundation Center is tracking the response to Typhoon Yolanda from foundations and corporations, and is actively sharing that data daily with its partners at the Business Civic Leadership Center disaster tracker.
Last month, Guidestar and the Foundation Center announced a strategic partnership between the two leading sources of data on nonprofits and foundations. The buzzwords of “partnership,” “alliance,” “capacity,” “effectiveness,” and “innovative” are pretty common to everyone’s new business plan, but in this case, with Guidestar’s Jacob Harold and the Foundation Center’s Brad Smith driving the dynamic, there might be something happening worth watching and using. Article by Rick Cohen.
The world’s first comprehensive atlas of the community foundation movement will provide an unprecedented opportunity for community foundations and community philanthropy organisations worldwide to increase their visibility to a much wider audience including peers, policy makers and potential funders. Organisations can share their work and effectiveness by taking a brief survey.
A new searchable database of more than 22,000 Mexican philanthropies, Fondos a la Vista, has been launched by the Foundation Center in New York in partnership with the Mexico-based Alternativas y Capacidades and the Philanthropy and Civil Society Project at ITAM (Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México). (press release and video)
Perhaps now is the time to go back and trace philanthropy’s contribution to the MDGs since their debut in 2000. That could give us a far better picture of the role our field has played to date—and can play in the future—as the world community engages in the process to define a revised set of goals for the post-2015 era. Article by Brad Smith.
The Foundation Center has launched Foundation Directory Online (FDO) Free, a tool that dramatically expands public access to our authoritative collection of foundation information. It is completely accessible to social entrepreneurs, researchers, or anyone else who wants to know about how America’s foundations contribute to the public good. FDO Free is the newest member of…
The new Director’s responsibilities include increasing the Center’s data on international foundations through the cultivation of new and existing partnerships. As many countries lack data infrastructure or government mandated reporting, strategic partnerships with philanthropic associations and networks will be necessary to meet the Center’s goals.
As we move from an industrial to an information age, data is becoming a key to success across all sectors in society. The collection, organisation and use of data can unlock a myriad of possibilities, strengthen strategies and ultimately improve outcomes. Using data smartly can be an effective tool to tackle issues recurrently faced by the philanthropic sector, such as resource allocation, needs assessment, impact and evaluation. Using data however is not as simple as it may look. Turning it into reliable, comparable and accessible information can be a lengthy and costly process. Article by Ana Pinho and Patrick Collins.
The International Human Rights Funders Group and the Foundation Center have launched the first-ever effort to track the evolving state of global human rights funding and to create a set of powerful, interactive data and research tools to help rights funders and advocates increase their effectiveness. The partnership has released two tools grantmakers can use to analyse funding streams, inform their strategic planning, identify potential grantees, and more.
A partnership between the Foundation Center and the International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG) has produced the first data-driven portrait of how foundations are advancing human rights around the world. According to new research released today by the two organizations, over 12,000 human rights grants supported more than 6,800 organizations worldwide, amounting to $1.2 billion in 2010. Advancing Human Rights: The State of Global Foundation Grantmaking confirms that human rights philanthropy is a global phenomenon: the 703 funders included in the analysis represent 29 countries across seven major world regions.
“I think that foundations, as public trusts, are under an obligation (still undefined) to make their information public. The 990s alone just don’t cut it.” Read the Glasspockets interview.