Foundation Center Releases Innovative Data Visualization Platform
"Foundation Maps" Shows Who Is Funding What Around the World
New York, NY — October 8, 2014. Foundation Center, the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide, has launched Foundation Maps, a data visualization platform that helps funders and nonprofits access the knowledge they need to make strategic decisions and achieve greater impact. Foundation Mapsgives users the ability to generate maps and charts revealing connections between funders, their grants, and their partners around the corner and around the world.
"Access to detailed funding data — and ways to make sense of that information — is essential to understanding the field of philanthropy, your place within it, and new opportunities to make a difference," said Lisa Philp, Foundation Center's vice president for strategic philanthropy. "Foundation Maps sets a new standard for the field when it comes to facilitating transparent, effective, and collaborative philanthropy."
Foundation Maps serves as the platform on which a variety of subscription-based, free, and custom projects are built. Relying on Foundation Center's deep databases of foundations and their grants, it covers more than 3 million grants totaling more than $220 billion made by over 33,000 foundations to nearly 300,000 recipients around the world.
Foundation Maps can be valuable to various types of users, including:
- A foundation program officer who wants to identify new partners for collaboration.
- A philanthropy network searching for information on funding programs in its area of interest and details about the associated grants and grantmakers.
- A foundation consultant who seeks a solid understanding of broad trends in the field and needs to constantly monitor changes across the sector.
- A nonprofit fundraiser who wants to use maps and charts to bolster the case for funding support in a geographic region or subject area.