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We help organisations publish open, standardised grants data, and empower people to use it to improve charitable giving

  • From sharing to using – what’s next for 360Giving?

    I’m excited to be launching 360Giving’s new strategy today. Our success over the past three years means that for the first time in the UK, it’s possible for anyone to see and compare grants awarded by over 100 funders all in one place. This data is transforming the knowledge base of civil society, powering new […]

  • 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 […]

  • 100 reasons to share grants data

    Guest blog by Ian Hanham of the Nuffield Foundation The Nuffield Foundation is delighted to become the 100th funder to sign up to 360Giving. We fund research, analysis and student programmes that advance educational opportunity and social well-being across the United Kingdom. Good data used in innovative ways is central to so many of the […]

  • Learnings from creating a data champions network

    Communities are complex and getting a clear understanding of them is a journey Guest post by Dirk Slater, FabRiders – a strategic social change consultancy FabRiders’ capacity building work has focused on researching data literacy, designing social learning experiences and co-creating knowledge assets with communities and networks. For 360Giving & the UK Community Foundations (UKCF) we […]

  • See your grantmaking in new ways

    For the first time, organisations wanting to address social issues can easily combine and visualise data to get deep insights into their grantmaking. Coinciding with Open Data Day tomorrow, we have launched a free online platform called 360Insights. Using 360Insights, grantmakers who openly share their grants data to our Standard can quickly see information on […]

  • Open data in London

    In this joint blog, first published as London Plus’s launch blog post, Manny Hothi, Director of Policy at Trust for London, and Rachel Rank, CEO of 360Giving, outline the work our organisations are doing to open up data about London, making it easier for civil society, researchers and policymakers to access information about poverty, inequality and funding […]

  • Securing a data-informed future

    We are delighted to announce that more funders are coming together to support a more data-informed sector, with grants to support 360Giving’s work in 2019 and beyond. In awarding a £20,000 grant for 2019, Pears Foundation’s Sir Trevor Pears CMG said “As passionate believers in the importance and value of philanthropy, we are delighted to […]

  • Why unknown unknowns can be valuable

    Guest blog post by Martin Brookes of Brookes Impact Partnership Just after the United States entered the second world war in 1941, Winston Churchill visited US President Roosevelt and stayed in the White House. During the visit, Roosevelt went into his guest’s room just after Churchill had stepped out of the bath naked. According to […]

  • Telling tales with data

    We usually associate data as numbers. Scary words like average, mean and percentages are thrown into the air. Numbers are important to us, but the human brain cannot easily grasp large numbers and we are bombarded by figures and ‘facts’. To bring clarity and meaning to what we find in data and why it’s important, […]

  • Getting your head around the distribution of funding

    Guest post by Kimberley Anscombe of Oxford Consultants for Social Inclusion (OCSI).  Nearly 100 grantmakers are now publishing their funding as open data via 360Giving, making it possible to get a richer, fuller picture of the funding landscape across the UK. And for individual funders, publishing data in a standardised format makes it easier for them […]

  • 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 […]