360Giving updates

News and updates from the team at 360Giving

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Joint letter from civil society groups urges UK government to take urgent action to overhaul its use of data

    Joint press release, London, Monday 15 July 2019 The UK government has the opportunity to transform its use of data, but is missing the opportunity and risks falling behind other countries if it does not invest now, civil society groups have today said. In an open letter to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, […]

  • Generosity of a community

    Progressive grantmaking organisations were given a boost today, with the commitment by The National Lottery Community Fund to support the development of open grants data resources for the next three years. The grant – totalling £490,000 – will enable 360Giving to deliver its new 3-year strategy, which focuses on helping grantmakers to use data in […]

  • Small is the new big

    It’s Small Charity Week again! Last year we did an analysis of small charities in Lambeth and Southwark and examined the grantmaking patterns. This year, thanks to our new 360Insights platform, we decided to go big and explore grantmaking to small charities across the whole of the UK in 2018. For the purposes of this […]

  • Informing policy discussions

    Guest blog by Max Rutherford, Head of Policy at the Association of Charitable Foundations. A few years ago while working at a charitable foundation, I was part of a group of trust and foundation representatives that secured a meeting with the then Justice Secretary to talk about prison reform. In advance of the meeting, we […]

  • Holding ourselves to account

    Guest post by Paul Streets, CEO of Lloyds Bank Foundation, following his keynote talk at the launch of 360Insights in March 2019 Data is central to our work. We use it to canvas the confidential views of those we fund on how we’re doing; understand what’s going on in their ‘world’; inform our policy and […]

  • A Forest of Funders

    Exploring the landscape of UK grant funders through a handmade data visualisation Last year we held a ​competition​ to celebrate ​how open grants data can be visualised. In the latest in our series about the winners, Dr Cath Sleeman takes us through her physical data visualisation. A Forest of Funders won the Special Judges Award. This […]

  • Making data simple and powerful for user-led organisations

    Last year we held a competition to celebrate how open grants data can be visualised. In this latest in a series of interviews with the competition winners, Victòria Oliveres answers questions about her From Funder to User data visualisation. The judging panel awarded Victòria second prize, saying that her visualisation was a beautiful combination of […]

  • Identifying who is being funded

    Back in 2018 we focused some of our labs work on organisational identifiers – the important numbers that help us to differentiate between organisations. We wrote a bit about identifiers and why they are important here and here. Our work last year focussed on how many of the grantmakers publishing to the 360Giving Standard are […]

  • Government sets the Standard with 360Giving

    The UK Government’s Open Standards Board has selected the 360Giving Data Standard for use by central government departments and their agencies when disclosing grant giving data. Jeni Tennison, CEO of the Open Data Institute said “It is great to see that the 360Giving Standard has been approved as an official government standard for the open […]

  • Winning at visualisation and improving society

    Last year we held a Challenge Fund competition to celebrate how open grants data can be visualised. In this first of a series of interviews with the competition winners, top prize winner Xavi Giménez answers questions about his Grantmaking Themes visualisation. The judging panel awarded first prize to Xavi’s work as it allows users to […]

  • Grantmakers combine to get insights on their data

    Thank you to the 70 grantmakers and partners who came along on Monday 4th March 2019 to get their hands on our new grants data visualisation platform 360Insights for the first time. There was such a positive energy in the room! Our founder and Chair Fran Perrin opened the afternoon by celebrating how far 360Giving […]

  • How to make the most of 360Insights

    Thank you for using 360Insights. This post will help you learn how to use the platform and make the most of it in your work. What does the tool do? We took the seven most frequent questions we get from grantmakers about their funding and answered them with their own 360Giving data and other data […]