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Our latest news, blogs and events where you can find out more about our work and stories of how open grants data is being used

  • So long, and thanks for all the data*

    I’m leaving 360Giving this week, and I’ve been reflecting on our progress over the past four years. When I started as CEO in November 2015, I was the organisation’s first employee. The initiative had been incubated by Nesta under the watchful eye of Alice Casey. It had recently registered as a charity and a handful of […]

  • How to build a data culture

    To make the best use and impacts from data, organisations often need a culture shift. We talk a lot about the benefits of developing a data culture, but what does that mean? Here, Rachel Rank sets out the characteristics and how grantmakers can embed them in their own organisations. A group discussion at the launch […]

  • Welcoming Tania Cohen as 360Giving’s CEO

    As many of you know, our CEO Rachel Rank is moving on in March this year. Rachel has been here since the beginning, and her unwavering dedication, energy and enthusiasm have been instrumental to our success so far. It has been wonderful to work under Rachel’s leadership, but as she said in her recent blogpost: […]

  • ‘Left behind?’ Understanding communities on the edge

    The term ‘left behind’ has featured increasingly in social policy discussions in recent years. Here, Stefan Noble from OCSI shares how they have been working with Local Trust to develop a quantitative measure of left-behind areas using open data. As part of this, for the first time, a Community Needs Index has been created, including […]

  • Meet Manny Hothi, our new board member at 360Giving

    We are really proud of our board of trustees at 360Giving, especially how engaged and invested they are in our work. We chat with Manny Hothi, who joins our board in 2020, about his background in data and innovation, the single stat that shaped his career and what excites him about joining the open grants […]

  • The 12 Grants of Christmas

    With Christmas around the corner, we haven’t just been eating endless mince pies. Well, we have been, daily, but we’ve also used our grants data search engine GrantNav to bring you some festive funding and grants yule love to get you in the Christmas spirit 🎄 By David Kane and Anna Scott It’s been a […]

  • Grantmaking data champions unite!

    We are soon to launch a Data Champions programme [update: now launched] to connect and support people who are interested in helping their foundations to be more data-informed. Here, the programme facilitator Dirk Slater shares what happened at a recent taster workshop, bringing together grantmakers from across the UK for peer-learning, discussion and cake Data […]

  • Standing down as CEO

    After four hugely rewarding years at 360Giving, I have decided it’s time to hand over the reins to someone new. I’ll be leaving the organisation in spring 2020 once a new CEO has been appointed. For anyone interested in the role, you can find out more here I have very much enjoyed my time building […]

  • How much does the UK government give in grants?

    Grants from government are a crucial part of the voluntary sector’s funding mix – but surprisingly, it’s very difficult to find out how much these grants are worth or where they go. NCVO’s latest UK Civil Society Almanac has a figure of £7.3bn for UK charities’ income from central government for 2016/17 (with a further […]

  • Developing data champions

    Our first go at creating a network of data champions has revealed a thirst for connecting with others to use data for better grantmaking. In 2017, collaborating with UK Community Foundations we brought 10 people together for a data expedition and this sparked their interest in learning more together. In interviews we learned that as […]

  • More and better data, but can we follow the money?

    Last month NCVO launched its 2019 Civil Society Almanac, which they describe as “a treasure trove of voluntary sector data” – and it is. As NCVO’s Stuart Etherington says in his introduction, “…such dispassionate analysis is an important way of holding a mirror up to what we do”. I agree, and I’m a huge fan […]