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  • From spaghetti junction to open, transparent grantmaking data

    This blog first appeared on Medium, as part of the Funding Utopia project, Exploring radical, transformative ideas for the future of UK grant funding.  At present, it’s not possible to find a complete dataset on all charitable grants provided in the UK. This means the huge financial flows from grantmakers to grantees are opaque. This […]

  • 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 […]

  • Technology in the Charitable Sector

    Guest post by Marina Stedman of The Good Exchange A new research report into ‘Technology in the Charitable Sector’ has looked at the current charitable grant application and distribution landscape and revealed that hundreds of hours are being spent completing application forms per year, with just two in five being successful and two thirds of […]

  • What can 360Giving data tell us about funding across London?

    This was first published by London Funders on their blog.  I was pleased to speak at London Funders’ first Big Network Day on 14th February. The room was filled with different kinds of grantmakers – local authorities, charitable trusts and foundations, corporate funders and hosted by the GLA – a fantastic mix of organisations that […]

  • 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 […]

  • Creating a data culture in community foundations

    Guest post by Dirk Slater, FabRiders – a strategic social change consultancy Over the past eight months we’ve been developing a network of Data Champions working in community foundations across the UK. The initiative is a collaboration between 360Giving, FabRiders and UK Community Foundations. In April 2019 we held a workshop focusing on how to strengthen […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Metadata: explaining the data

    Guest post by Rob Redpath, Open Data Services Co-operative. ODSC works closely with the 360Giving team, providing tools and support for publishers and users of 360Giving data. If you want to find data that is published in the 360Giving Standard, you can go to the 360Giving Registry. To understand which files are relevant to you, […]

  • 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 […]