Foundation Center Launches Open Data Tool "Foundation Stats" Lets Users Generate Free Custom Data on the Fly

New York, NY — November 4, 2013. The Foundation Center, the leading source of information about philanthropy, has launched Foundation Stats, an online tool that provides free and open access to a wealth of data on the U.S. foundation community. The intuitive web-based platform can be used by anyone to generate thousands of custom tables and charts on the size, scope, and giving priorities of the nearly 82,000 independent, corporate, community, and grantmaking operating foundations in the U.S. It includes an Application Programming Interface (API) so that web developers can freely extract the data for their own use.

“Foundation Stats allows grantmakers, nonprofit professionals, researchers, and journalists to get exactly the foundation data they need,” said Bradford K. Smith, president of the Foundation Center. “It represents a huge leap forward in opening up data on philanthropy and paves the way for the development of innovative applications of the type that only open data makes possible.”
Examples of needs that can be met with Foundation Stats include:

  • A philanthropy association in Ohio could generate data-driven charts on its web site that dynamically reflect giving trends of the top 50 foundations in its state.
  • A strategist working on a public-private partnership for school funding in Michigan could instantly produce a PDF of top education funders.
  • A researcher could compare arts giving by California foundations to those in New York and produce visual displays for her report.
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