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Year: 2018

  • Like bees to honey

    Guest post by Suraj Vadgama, Founder of Beehive and Product Lead at CAST. As a funder, are you sifting through lots of proposals that aren’t relevant? Or as a fundraiser, do you waste time finding the right grantmaker to apply to? Over the past three years, CAST has worked closely with 360Giving to develop a […]

  • Exciting to witness how grantmakers are showing leadership

    This post was originally published by NPC. How on earth does anyone know what to fund? That was the question that bothered me and lead to many sleepless nights when I first became a donor. As a new philanthropist, how was I supposed to figure out what other donors are doing and make informed strategic […]

  • Expeditions to demystify data

    Guest post by Julian Tait, Open Data Manchester. Over the past few months, Open Data Manchester has been working with 360Giving to develop and deliver data training in innovative ways. To many people, the world of data is abstract and arcane. Even though there is an understanding of data’s importance in the modern world it […]

  • Five ways my foundation uses data… and a note to self

    Guest blog by Debbie Pippard, Director of Programmes, Barrow Cadbury Trust.  I’ve always thought of myself as a reasonably data-savvy person – I love a good spreadsheet and, given a quiet half-hour, can even navigate my way around the Office for National Statistics database . But I’ve increasingly realised that the world of data has […]

  • Unlocking funders’ treasure chests of data

    This is a repost from Civil Society Futures, where it was included as part of their final findings report.  Philanthropist Fran Perrin, from the Indigo Trust, found it hard to see who else was funding the initiatives she was interested in. She felt she was “giving in the dark” as she couldn’t get the information she […]

  • Funding playground – who funds with who in the UK?

    For #GivingTuesday2018 we are sharing a cool new visualisation by data scientist David Kane. Below he talks through what he’s created, and offers a recipe for making (or commissioning) your own version: The great thing about grantmakers publishing data about who they fund in the 360Giving Standard is that we can start to explore the […]

  • Getting data active

    Data can be a team sport! That was one of the findings at the first Sports Data Expedition, held at London’s City Hall last week. Just like in a team sport, you need people with different strengths and skills to work together to achieve a goal. In our expedition, researchers, coders, storytellers and analysts from […]

  • Challenging ideas to inspiring visualisations

    It all started with a couple of questions: how can we enhance grantmaking using open data? What can 360Giving do to support data publishers and promote the use of open grants data? To answer, we needed to come up with an interactive, informative and creative idea that would connect the two communities that 360Giving works […]

  • 5 ways to get amazing Charity Commission data

    Earlier this month the Charity Commission for England and Wales launched its “Statement of Strategic Intent“. One of the five strategic objectives for 2018 to 2023 is “Informing public choice” about charities – and they identify data as one of the ways to use this. As they say: Today, we collect and display basic data […]

  • Treating grantees’ data responsibly

    This post is based on the announcement by The Engine Room As you may have read, over the six months we’ve been working with Ariadne and The Engine Room to research how funders think about sharing data, to support them in doing so responsibly. Supported by Digital Impact (part of the Digital Civil Society Lab […]

  • Following the foundations

    Guest blog post by Dr. Catherine Walker, Director of The Researchery  Foundation Giving Trends 2018 has just been published, showing the latest figures for grantmaking from the top 300 UK foundations. The news is pretty positive: A fourth year of positive growth in grantmaking, which has now hit £3.3 billion in the latest financial year under […]

  • Celebrating open grantmaking data

    Thank you to everyone who attended the awards event for our Data Visualisation Challenge Fund. We were delighted with the energy and warmth shared among the 100 of you who joined us in Shoreditch on 21 September 2018. We had invited designers and data journalists to use 360Giving data to develop and visualise responses to key […]

  • Revealing the bigger picture

    For the first time, those concerned about social issues are able to easily gain insights into who gives grants for different aspects of our lives and in our places. In response to a unique competition run by 360Giving and funded by the Big Lottery, designers, analysts and data journalists from around the world have been […]

  • Visualisation Challenge judging panel confirmed

    Between April and July 2018 we ran a Visualisation Challenge where we asked people to submit their responses to two questions: Who has funded what themes throughout the years? User-led organisations: Who funds them, in what thematic area, how much funding do they receive and what type of organisation are they? The entries had to […]

  • Poverty and reduced statutory funding in Trafford

    7 September 2018 In this blog series, participants in the 360Giving Data Journey share their learning and experience. Bethan Rowsby is the grants administrator at Trafford Housing Trust providing administrative support to the rest of the Social Investment staff team as well as all to volunteers, including Social Investment Board, Virtual Committee and Community Mentors. I wanted […]

  • Three Tools to Help You Explore Charity Commission Data

    6 September 2018 Data held by the Charity Commission is valuable information for anyone who wants to understand the charity sector. The Commission makes lots of the information about charities in England and Wales available online via its public register, ranging from who the trustees are and the number of staff, to where and how […]

  • Exploring community-based grants in Birmingham

    As one of the biggest grant funders in Birmingham, Birmingham City Council has a responsibility to make its funding information available. What easier and better way to do this than to use the 360Giving data standard, so the Council’s grants can be explored alongside those from other funders? Thanks to a bit of help and […]

  • Investment in music in deprived areas of England

    23 August 2018 In this blog series, participants in the 360Giving Data Journey share their learning and experience. Nick Wilsdon is the Research and Evaluation Manager at Youth Music and chair of London Funders Research & Evaluation group. Youth Music is a national charity investing in music-making projects that help children and young people develop personally and […]

  • The data journey

    In this blog series, participants in the 360Giving Data Journey share their learning and experience. Gary Beharrell is an experienced grants manager covering the East Midlands area for the Lloyds Bank Foundation. He is on the board of trustees for the Association of Charitable Foundations and holds other volunteer and trustee roles in his local community. Here’s what Gary […]