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Maggie Morth
Communications Manager
The Foundation Center
(212) 807-2415

Foundation Center Launches Philanthropy In/SightTM

New Online Data Visualization Tool Maps Scope
and Impact of Philanthropy Worldwide

New York, NY — July 13, 2009. The Foundation Center today unveiled Philanthropy In/SightTM, a one-of-a-kind data visualization platform designed for grantmakers, policymakers, researchers, or anyone seeking to understand the impact of philanthropy throughout the world.

With this new online tool, users can quickly create customized Google maps to explore giving patterns, emerging trends, and funding relationships globally, nationally, or at the community level. Updated weekly, the Center's in-depth data on over 97,000 grantmakers and more than 1.6 million grants can be combined with dozens of demographic and socio-economic data overlays, resulting in "mashups" that vividly depict where foundation dollars are having the greatest effect or where funding is needed most.

"This next-generation mapping tool brings a whole new level of transparency to the $46 billion industry of philanthropy. Whether your interest is global warming in Alaska, tropical diseases in Zambia, or who's funding what in your local congressional district, Philanthropy In/Sight has the answers," said Bradford K. Smith, president of the Foundation Center. "Foundations want to be more strategic, governments look to them for innovation, and the public expects solutions. The future of philanthropy starts today."

The maps pinpoint the locations of grantmakers and grant recipients and offer a wide choice of filters and criteria. Users can open the "pins" for details about funders, recipients, and grants; display giving geographically by country, state, county, city, metro area, congressional district, or zip code; and choose from 26 fields of interest and 1,100 specialty areas.

Demographic and thematic data in In/Sight is drawn from a variety of sources, including the American Human Development Project of the Social Science Research Council and the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The Center plans to add more data sets in the future to enlarge the view of communities and populations in need.

In/Sight is available by subscription at Enterprise licenses are also available for large institutions. To inquire, e-mail Through sponsorship support from a group of national foundations, the Center also plans to offer In/Sight to regional associations of grantmakers and funder affinity groups worldwide, free of charge for one year, through their organizations' membership sites.

To find out more about Philanthropy In/Sight, take a guided tour.

About the Foundation Center
Established in 1956 and today supported by close to 600 foundations, the Foundation Center is the nation's leading authority on philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level. Thousands of people visit the Center's web site each day and are served in its five regional library/learning centers and its network of more than 400 funding information centers located in public libraries, community foundations, and educational institutions in every U.S. state and beyond. For more information, please visit or call (212) 620-4230.

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