A New Standard: “Get on the Map” and the Urgent Need for Better Data in Philanthropy

Money is a blunt but essential tool for social change, and it has potent, variable effects on our social and political ecosystems. Philanthropy’s commitment to serving the public good makes it imperative that foundations understand as deeply and specifically as possible whom their investments are serving and how. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to discern the complex impact of the roughly $50 billion spent by our country’s grantmakers each year because data collection and dissemination efforts are struggling to meet the demands of the field. The innovative data-sharing Get on the Map initiative, a partnership between the Foundation Center and the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, is an encouraging step toward a better informed, more effective philanthropic sector. Read the full article