Philanthropy Toolkit

Communicate Your Work

Communicate Your Work

Connecting with like-minded people who share your passions is key to achieving your goals. So we make it easy to describe your programs, post grants, and demonstrate transparency via searchable databases and web sites.

Our interviews, commentary, and social media help you spread the word, while mapping tools and custom online portals allow you to share your story and your successes.

  • Send Us Your Updates

    Leverage the Foundation Center's numerous channels for communicating about your work.

    Make sure the world knows about what you do.

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    Send Us Your Updates

    SEND US YOUR UPDATES

    Since 1956, the Foundation Center has been the go-to source for information about grantmakers and their grants. Our Foundation Directory Online, the most widely used searchable database of its kind, contains information that feeds our web sites, research studies, and reference tools. Ensure the thousands who use these resources every day are accessing the most current and accurate information about your foundation. You can provide updates with:

    • Foundation Center Updater: Keep your foundation's profile up-to-date via our convenient online tool — it includes contact, financial, and program information.
    • eGrant Reporting: Submit your updates electronically to us on a regular basis. Partnerships with grants management software companies make this process even easier, and eReporters are eligible to receive a free interactive map of their grants.
    • hGrant Reporting: This platform allows recently-published grants data to be pulled directly from your web site and made available to the public on Glasspockets.org through an API.

    MAKE SURE YOUR ORGANIZATION'S INFORMATION IS CURRENT AND ACCURATE:

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  • Glasspockets

    See how your organization's level of transparency compares to others and get tips to improve it.

    The clear benefits of transparency.

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    Foundation Directory Online

    GLASSPOCKETS

    Nothing strengthens credibility, increases public trust, or improves relationships like fostering an environment of transparency. That's why we created our Glasspockets web portal — so you can assess and improve on your level of transparency. Specifically:

    • Use our "Who Has Glass Pockets?" checklist: It's an effective way to benchmark transparency and accountability practices, compare policies with those of your peers, and submit your profile for sharing online.
    • Keep up with our "Transparency Talk" blog: It's filled with insights and best practices from other foundations and experts in the field.
    • Link directly from our "Transparency Heat Map": See real-life examples of what foundations are sharing online.
    • Learn how your peers are using social networks and digital media to advance their work with Transparency 2.0.
    • Explore in-depth profiles and trends in our special section: "Eye on the Giving Pledge."
    • See the national and global reach of foundations who are sharing grantmaking data through the Reporting Commitment.

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  • Foundation Folders — Free Web Sites for Foundations

    We think it's so important for every foundation to have a web site, we'll design and maintain yours for free.

    The benefits of a web site. Without the cost.

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    FOUNDATION FOLDERS

    FOUNDATION WEB BUILDER: FREE WEB SITES FOR FOUNDATIONS

    The Foundation Center has long recognized the power of the web to communicate — we've been designing and hosting foundation web sites since 1996. Our Foundation Web Builder service is a powerful tool that can provide your foundation with a professionally designed and easy-to-maintain, state-of-the-art web site — without the cost or administrative hassle. Grantmakers who use it find they receive a higher caliber of proposals and fulfill fewer information requests by mail, which saves them a good deal of effort and expense. Unique benefits of having a Foundation Web Builder site include:

    • Substantial savings in time and budget dollars.
    • An easy way to share the impact of your work.
    • Free maintenance and technical support.
    • Unparalleled personal service.
    • The expertise and experience of Foundation Center web specialists.

    We also offer a premium level of web site development and hosting for a nominal fee, with features that include your own domain name, site usage reports, and a password-protected area.

    LEARN MORE ABOUT FOUNDATION WEB BUILDER:

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  • News and Information Services

    We collect, organize, interpret, and deliver the knowledge you need every day — news, trends, and spotlights on key leaders and organizations

    The news you need. Nothing you don't.

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    News and information services

    NEWS AND INFORMATION SERVICES

    The Foundation Center frees you up to focus on your mission. We collect, organize, interpret, and deliver the knowledge you need every day — from current news and trends across the field to spotlights on key leaders, thinkers, and organizations. All so you can get more done and make better decisions. Tools we offer include:

    • Philanthropy News Digest: A round-up of the news that matters, including interviews with key players and our must-read blog, PhilanTopic. Choose from daily alerts, weekly newsletters, RSS feeds, podcasts, and a mobile version.
    • IssueLab: An easy-to-use collection of free case studies, white papers, evaluations, and issue briefs from thousands of foundations and nonprofit organizations.
    • Topical resource lists: Our professional librarians direct you to the best reading in a given field. Search by criteria like management and governance to quickly find what you need.
    • E-Updates for Grantmakers: A monthly summary of what you need to know, in a convenient newsletter format.

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  • Philanthropy In/Sight®

    Map philanthropy around the world with this unique tool that combines the familiar Google Maps interface with the Foundation Center's massive wealth of data.

    See how your organization compares to others around the world. Literally.

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    Philanthropy Insight

    PHILANTHROPY IN/SIGHT®

    Philanthropy In/Sight is a unique tool that combines the familiar Google Maps interface with the Foundation Center's massive wealth of data into a powerful, visual asset. Choose from a range of advanced options to quickly create maps to reveal patterns and funding relationships you've never seen before. Identify challenges, funding needs, and opportunities for collaboration. Philanthropy In/Sight helps you:

    • Plan the future direction of your programs.
    • Tell the story of your philanthropy.
    • Compare funding among organizations.

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  • Custom Web Portals

    Custom, curated portals contain foundation grants information, data visualization tools, research, news, and social media that help you do your job more efficiently.

    The antidote to information overload.

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    Custom Web Posrtals

    CUSTOM WEB PORTALS

    Staying up on the latest developments and best practices is a challenge. That's why we provide custom, curated web portals. Our unique ability to bring together foundation grants information, data visualization tools, research, news, and social media helps you focus and do your job more efficiently. Plus, by leveraging the portals to communicate about your work, you'll reach — and collaborate with — like-minded funders. To see examples of our custom web portals, visit:

    HAVE YOUR OWN IDEA FOR A CUSTOM PORTAL?

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