Get on the Map

The "Get on the Map" campaign — a partnership of the United Philanthropy Forum and Foundation Center — is a data-sharing initiative dedicated to boosting the quality and availability of fresh, detailed grantmaking data across the Forum Network.

Through this partnership, regional associations of grantmakers can run their own peer-led campaigns to recruit members to share grants data using Foundation Center's eReporting Standard. The data is then centralized at Foundation Center and made freely accessible to all members in the region through a custom map developed within the Foundation Maps platform — a highly interactive and searchable mapping tool.

Subscribe to the full Foundation Maps tool to get complete and up-to-date answers to questions like:

  • Who else is funding a particular issue in our region?
  • What organizations are tackling that issue?
  • Where are the funding gaps?
  • Who may be natural collaborators?
  • And much more...

Related Resources

Webinar recording:
Visualizing the Past, Present, and Future of California Philanthropy

Join us for this statewide, highly interactive discussion featuring philanthropic leaders in California who are harnessing the power of big data and tech solutions for the greater good, and:

  • Hear the latest on new approaches to advance the field of philanthropy through data and technology.
  • Learn how California grantmakers can enjoy free anytime access to rich information and a range of visualization options from Foundation Center that will allow them to see their work in a broader context, explore giving trends over time, reveal connections among and between funders and grantees, and discover new partners for collaboration.
  • Engage in a statewide dialogue via live stream with other California funders around this trending topic.
  • Explore the transformative potential of data and technology in shaping the future of philanthropy.

Webinar recording:
How to "Get on the Map"

This recording will help guide funders interested in getting on the map. We walk through instructions for sharing all the necessary grants data to make your regional map come to life.

Webinar recording:
Getting Ready to "Get on the Map!" (1/21/2015)

Webinar recording:
Getting Ready to "Get on the Map!" (9/10/2015)

Blog post:
"Get on the Map: Technology Fostering Collaboration and Shared Knowledge" Transparency Talk (Glasspockets, a service of Foundation Center)

Sara Davis is the director of grants management at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in Menlo Park, California. She can be reached at or on Twitter@SaraLeeeDeee.)

Blog post:
"A New Standard: "Get on the Map" and the Urgent Need for Better Data in Philanthropy," Keeping a close eye on philanthropy...NCRP's blog

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy explains the importance of Get on the Map for the sector. This national effort could give regional associations of grantmakers, affinity groups, advocacy organizations, individual foundations and many more stakeholders a better grasp of the state of grantmaking on a granular, local level.

Blog post:
"Doing Good Is About to Get Better," PhilanTopic (Philanthropy News Digest, a service of Foundation Center)

Maggie Gunther Osborn is president of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, an association of grantmakers committed to promoting and supporting effective philanthropy for the public good. In this guest blog post, Maggie discusses the "Get on the Map" campaign, a partnership of the Forum Network and Foundation Center

Blog post:
"E-What?" PhilanTopic (Philanthropy News Digest, a service of Foundation Center)

Joyce White of Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington (GOSW) has authored a guest blog post on the Foundation Center's Philantopic blog detailing GOSW's history working with the Foundation Center and the steps that lead to the announcement of a strategic alliance between the Forum Network and the Foundation Center.

Press release:
New Forum Partnership with Foundation Center Will Deliver Data, Research, and Tools

The Forum Network and Foundation Center have entered into an exciting new partnership that will improve the quality and effectiveness of grantmaking nationwide through the strategic collection and sharing of data on philanthropy.