We partner with philanthropic support organizations and other civil society partners around the world to develop sustainable, locally owned and contextually relevant data strategies. With the objective of enhancing the philanthropic sector’s capacity to collect data, and build and share knowledge about their contribution to national development, we work to:

  • Jointly identify specific data and knowledge needs and gaps.
  • Collectively develop data value propositions, identify data standards and principles and foster a culture of transparency and knowledge sharing.
  • Build capacity and provide tools on data collection and management.
  • Provide long-term technical assistance to implement the longer term data strategy and capacity building program.

Kenya

Despite existing local data initiatives and a vibrant local philanthropic sector, Kenya lacks an organized framework and platform for collecting and managing data on the sector’s contribution to national development. Under the leadership of Kenya Philanthropy Forum, East Africa Association of Grantmakers (EAAG) and with support from Foundation Center, the sector has developed a data strategy and is in the progress of developing a prototype philanthropy data portal.Kenya

Reports:

Kenya Data Strategy and Capacity Building Workshop April 2017 Report
Kenya Data Strategy and Capacity Building Workshop July 2016 Report
Kenya Data Scoping Meeting April 2016 Report
Kenya: Building a Collective Philanthropy Data System April 2017 (report) Kenya: Data Strategy and Capacity Building Workshop July 2016 (report) Kenya: Data Scoping Meeting April 2015 (report)

Partners:

EAAG, Kenya Philanthropy Forum, SDG Philanthropy Platform, Kenya Community Development Forum

Tanzania

Tanzania has seen significant improvements to its national development data infrastructure in recent years but existing data initiatives are largely government driven and do not include data from or about civil society actors, in particular on local philanthropy’s contributions to national development. In September 2015, inspired by similar initiatives in other East African countries, the Foundation for Civil Society partnered with EAAG to form the Tanzania National Philanthropy Forum (TPF) and began developing a philanthropy data and knowledge management strategy with support from Foundation Center. Three workshops have been held in Tanzania to date.

Reports:

Tanzania Data Strategy and Capacity Building Workshop August 2017 Report
Tanzania - Data Strategy and Capacity Building
Tanzania Data Scoping Meeting October 2016 Report
Tanzania: Building a Collective Philanthropy Data System April 2017 (report) Tanzania: Data Strategy and Capacity Building Workshop December 2016 (report) Tanzania: Data Scoping Meeting October 2016 (report)

Partners:

EAAG, The Foundation for Civil Society, Tanzania Philanthropy Forum

Uganda

As part of Uganda's commitment to the Sustainable Development Agenda, the country has made substantial progress toward improved national development data, but philanthropy’s contribution remains a missing piece in national frameworks. In October 2015 EAAG partnered with Independent Development Fund (IDF), Development Network of Indigenous Voluntary Associations (DENIVA) and GoBig Hub to form the Uganda National Philanthropy Forum (UPF) and began developing a strategy to strengthen data and knowledge management and consolidation of the philanthropic sector, supported by Foundation Center. The group in Uganda has met in three workshops to date.

Reports:

Uganda Data Strategy and Capacity Building Workshop April 2017 Report
Uganda Data Strategy and Capacity Building Workshop December 2016 Report
Uganda Data Scoping Meeting October 2016 Report
Uganda: Building a Collective Philanthropy Data System April 2017 (report) Uganda: Data Strategy and Capacity Building Workshop December 2016 (report) Uganda: Data Scoping Meeting October 2016 (report)

Partners:

EAAG, DENIVA, IDF, Uganda Philanthropy Forum

Middle East and North Africa

The Middle East and North Africa lacks an organized regional framework for collecting, processing and sharing knowledge and data on philanthropy. In order to help meet this need, in 2016 Arab Foundations Forum (AFF) mobilized philanthropy in the region to take action collectively, with the support of the American University of Cairo, Foundation Center and The John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement. In Tunis in September 2016 AFF brought together more than 20 foundations and trusts from the region to share lessons learned, challenges and best practices related to data and knowledge sharing. Following this, AFF held a second workshop at its Members and Partners Meeting in November 2016 in Abu Dhabi to convene members for a Data Working Group. Over the course of these meetings, participants agreed on the need to leverage the collective knowledge and convening power of AFF as a group through the establishment of a coalition and a five year action plan on data and knowledge sharing.

Reports:

AFF-Report
Aff-Report-ARABIC
Data and Knowledge for Greater Impact in the Arab Region: Report on AFF 2016 Data Coalition Outcomes and 2017 Goals and Priorities Roadmap (ARABIC) Data and Knowledge for Greater Impact in the Arab Region: Report on AFF 2016 Data Coalition Outcomes and 2017 Goals and Priorities Roadmap

Partners:

Arab Foundations Forum, American University in Cairo, John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement

Romania

We have partnered with Association for Community Relations (ARC) to support their efforts to strengthen the philanthropic infrastructure in Romania. Foundation Center will be facilitating two workshops on data strategy and capacity building in Romania in November 2017.

Partners:

Association for Community Relations (ACR Romania)