Philanthropy Toolkit

Scan the Landscape

Scan the Landscape

Making strategic decisions about your giving means knowing the lay of the land. We help you identify trends, pinpoint needs in your field, research potential partners, and keep pace with recent innovations.

Cut through the clutter and avoid information overload with our targeted news feeds, in-depth research, data visualization, and issue-based web sites.

  • Research

    Our annual and special topic studies, statistics, and custom search services give you all the information you're looking for in one place.

    The information you're looking for.
    All in one place.

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    RESEARCH

    In the world of philanthropy, strategic decisions are only as good as the research that goes into making them. And you can count on us to deliver the most current data available in all realms of philanthropy. Trends, factors, strategies that inform your work — you name it. Our team of experts analyzes and interprets the data so you can tap into it. Specific examples include:

    • Annual studies and trend data help you understand how you fit into the overall picture.
    • Special topic studies explore in-depth areas of particular funding (e.g., social justice or education) to deliver benchmark data not available elsewhere.
    • Thousands of statistical tables are accessible via our free, online service, FC Stats.
    • Custom searches performed by our staff give you the exact data you need to prepare reports for your board, identify funding partners and grantees, and investigate new areas of funding activity.

    THE INFORMATION YOU'RE LOOKING FOR. ALL FROM ONE SOURCE. LEARN MORE:

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • TRASI — Tools and Resources for Assessing Social Impact

    Find the right tools to measure your effectiveness, and connect with peers and experts.

    Are your efforts producing the impact
    you envisioned? Find out.

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    TRASI — TOOLS AND RESOURCES FOR ASSESSING SOCIAL IMPACT

    You do what you do in order to make a difference. But how do you know if your efforts are effective? That's where our TRASI tool comes in. It stands for Tools and Resources for Assessing Social Impact and that's exactly what it does — helps you assess the return on your social investments. It features a searchable, expert-reviewed database of more than 150 approaches and helps gauge something that's often hard to quantify. With TRASI, you and your grantees can:

    • Find the right tools to assess the impact you're both having.
    • Measure the effectiveness of your programs and strategies.
    • Connect with peers and evaluation experts to learn what works (and what doesn't).

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  • Foundation Directory Online

    The definitive online database containing everything about U.S. foundations and their millions of grants around the world.

    Move your mouse. Then change the world.

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    Foundation Directory Online

    FOUNDATION DIRECTORY ONLINE

    Not long after we were founded in 1956, the Foundation Directory helped establish our reputation as a leading resource in the world of philanthropy. Today it's become the definitive online database containing everything about U.S. foundations and their millions of grants around the world. Search up to nine databases at once — grantmakers, companies, grants, 990s, RFPs, philanthropy news, foundation-sponsored publications, nonprofit literature, and jobs — to quickly compile a report containing only what you're looking for. It's the ideal tool for grantmakers to evaluate the landscape, vet grantseekers, and learn about other organizations. Foundation Directory Online is:

    • Simply the most comprehensive, accurate, and flexible way to gain key knowledge.
    • A free resource for eligible Foundation Center donors.
    • Available for free use at more than 470 funding information centers nationwide and around the world.

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