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  • COVID19: We’ve updated our ‘who funds who’ data and visualisation to support collaboration

    This blog was published in 2020. Please visit threesixtygiving.org/data for an up to date version of this visualisation and statistics.  We’ve updated our data and ‘who funds who’ visualisation to help funders clearly see which other funders share their recipients. We hope it will help funders to coordinate better on their responses to the coronavirus […]

  • 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

    Updated December 2022.  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 […]

  • How Birmingham City Council is using data to understand funding in the West Midlands

    With the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games on the horizon, Birmingham City Council is working to understand what grantmaking currently looks like across the region. Here, Sam Milsom from Open Data Manchester shares how over three workshops he helped the council to better understand who is funding what and where, and where there is potential for […]

  • 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. In this post, David Kane uses identifiers to explore the 2017/18 government grants data and understand the types of organisations which received funding.   Updated data Since this blog was released, 16 central UK Government departments have published open data about the grants […]

  • 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 […]