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Foundation Center - E-Updates for Grantmakers

October 21, 2014

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Funder's Forum: The National Grid Foundation

Funder's Forum The National Grid Foundation was created to enhance the quality of life for constituents in the areas where National Grid does business, offering opportunities to address solutions related to educational and environmental issues. Foundation Center asked Robert G. Keller, its president:


Question How does the foundation's education grantmaking create a safety net in the communities where National Grid conducts business and to what extent has the foundation adapted this strategy to stay current and reflect the needs of the diverse communities it serves?

Find out the answer»

Foundation Maps Launched

Foundation Maps is a data visualization platform that helps funders access the knowledge they need to make strategic decisions and achieve greater impact. Subscribers can generate maps and charts that reveal connections between funders, their grants, and their partners.

Foundations participating in Foundation Center's eReporting Program are eligible to receive a free version of the Foundation Maps platform populated with their grants data to use for planning or to communicate grantmaking activities (such as Foundation Maps for Charles Stewart Mott Foundation). Foundation Center can also create a wide array of customized applications which funders, philanthropy networks, and others can use to focus on a particular issue or geographic area (such as Foundation Maps for Veterans Philanthropy Exchange).


Learn more about Foundation Maps
Read the PhilanTopic blog post

Foundation Center and Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers Form Strategic Alliance

Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers — the largest network in American philanthropy with 5,500 members — and Foundation Center are collaborating to improve the quality and effectiveness of grantmaking through the strategic collection and sharing of grants data. Data contributed by Forum members will be translated into knowledge services to benefit not only the Forum membership, but the broader philanthropic sector, introducing efficiencies to the field and increasing its impact.


Read the press release
Read the PhilanTopic blog post

Community Foundation Atlas Now Available

The Cleveland Foundation has partnered with Foundation Center and several others to publish the most comprehensive directory of the world’s community foundation movement. Unveiled yesterday at the Council on Foundation’s annual Community Foundation Conference, the online platform maps the identities, locations, assets, roles, and achievements of place-based philanthropies around the world.

The Atlas provides a long-needed, detailed baseline of information upon which the field can build to facilitate wider exchange of best practices and high-impact collaborations aimed at addressing tough problems that span geographical boundaries. Global Fund for Community Foundations and Foundation Center will spearhead ongoing updates to the site.


Read the press release
Explore the Community Foundation Atlas

New at Glasspockets

Walter & Elise Haas Fund Joins the
Reporting Commitment

The Walter & Elise Haas Fund (W&EHF) recently joined the Reporting Commitment, an initiative to increase the accuracy, currency, and openness of grants data. W&EHF is further facilitating philanthropic transparency through the release of a free WordPress plug-in called Open hGrant developed in partnership with Foundation Center and Mission Minded. This tool enables grantmakers to simultaneously and automatically share giving data with Foundation Center as they publish it to their own websites. The plug-in is freely available to any philanthropic organization, creating opportunities to catalog, map, and analyze giving.


Explore the Walter & Elise Haas Fund's grants list
Read the Transparency Talk blog post
Learn more about the plug-in

New at IssueLab

European Citizen Action Service Knowledge Center

IssueLab, a service of Foundation Center, has partnered with the European Citizen Action Service (ECAS) to launch the ECAS Knowledge Center, an online collection of resources on two broad themes: EU Rights and Civic Engagement in Europe. The collection provides civil society campaigners, researchers, analysts, academics, advisors, policymakers, and interested citizens with easy access to research, case studies, evaluations, papers, issue briefs, and toolkits on the topics of the EU Migration and the European Citizens' Initiative. The collection will grow to include additional resources on other topics within the broader themes of EU Rights and Civic Engagement.


Explore the ECAS Knowledge Center


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Featured Partner: Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington

Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington (GOSW) and Foundation Center launched a donor data campaign for GOSW members, making more timely, accurate funding information freely available to support the region’s nonprofit sector.

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New in PND

5 Questions For...

Bekeme Masade, executive director of CSR-in-Action in Nigeria, shares her perspective on the philanthropic sector in Nigeria and explains how CSR-in-Action, a social business networking platform and advisory enterprise in Lagos, is helping to drive collective social action in the country — and Africa more generally. More»


Gayle Peterson, associate fellow at the University of Oxford's Saïd Business School and founder and senior managing director of Partners for Change, discusses questions — from defining social return to learning from failure — raised by professionals attending impact investing classes. More»

New at Glasspockets

Kandyce Fernandez, assistant professor of public administration in the College of Public Policy at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and Mark Hager, associate professor of philanthropic studies in the School of Community Resources and Development at Arizona State University, challenge the prevailing presumption that grantmaking foundations are private. More»

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