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More than £6bn worth of open data released in last quarter of 2017

Seven more grantmakers have joined the #GreaterGrantsData movement by publishing their data to the 360Giving Standard, bringing the total value of open data to more than £17bn.

It includes a major milestone – for the first time central government data has been released from the Department for Transport and the Ministry of Justice to a value of £4bn. The government issued a statement confirming the data release.

Sport England, which is delivering the government’s strategy for a more active nation, receiving funding from the Exchequer and the National Lottery, has also published more than £2bn worth of data on more than 15,000 grants going back to 2009.

Allison Savich, Sport England Strategic Lead on Data & Market Innovation, says the move demonstrates their commitment “to open data for the longevity and success of our sector”.

“Open data has been shown to spark innovation and we are excited about the prospect of others accessing and using our grant data to make more informed decisions as well as helping organisations seeking funding to make more targeted applications for the benefit of getting people active,” she says. You can read more about Sport England’s engagement with 360Giving here.

The Robertson Trust, the largest independent trust in Scotland that is working to realise the potential of people and communities there, has released data on more than 1,500 grants worth more than £43m going back to 2015.

Lesley Macdonald, Head of Giving at the trust, said: “The Robertson Trust is committed to supporting increased transparency in grantmaking and we are pleased to make our own data available on 360Giving.

“By sharing grant information in a standardised way, funders are not only helping those seeking funding, but also increasing their own potential to target resources more effectively based on comprehensive data of the current funding landscape.

“In order to maximise this potential we feel it’s important that as many organisations as possible, both charitable foundations and statutory funders, sign up to the 360Giving Standard.”

Lankelly Chase, the foundation working for long lasting solutions to social disadvantage, has released data on 167 grants worth more than £12m going back to 2014.

Oliver French, Programme Manager for Equalities and Rights, says in his blog: “For all that we might talk about our strategy development and our emerging work as a foundation which sees itself as an active partner rather than ‘just’ a funder, we recognise that where our money goes is probably the simplest signal of what we’re up to. So we’re happy and interested to make this information as open as possible.”

Somerset Community Foundation joins several other community foundations by releasing data on 225 grants worth almost £0.5m between 2014 and October 2017.

Justin Sargent, the foundation’s Chief Executive, says: “Somerset Community Foundation creates vibrant and inclusive communities by supporting the vitally important work of local charities and voluntary groups within Somerset through grantmaking. We are delighted to join the 360Giving initiative, which provides a great way of sharing information to both donors and applicants about the opportunities that are available in our county and beyond.”

Oxford City Council, the second UK city council to release data using the 360Giving Standard, has shared 105 grants worth over £1 million going back to 2014.

David Growcott, Communities Team Manager, says: “Oxford City Council is committed to transparency in its grant making process and sharing data in a standard format is an excellent way to do this. We hope it will also help organisations to target their applications more effectively.”

All the data published can be explored in GrantNav, alongside data from over 60 other funders.

If you’d like to publish your grants data we can support you every step of the way. Get in touch by emailing support@threesixtygiving.org.

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Challenge Fund – seven weeks in

Seven weeks ago we announced our Quest for Questions as part of our new Challenge Fund project. We have been pleased to discover that there are so many aspects of grantmaking that open data can help understand and advance. Thanks to your engagement, we now have over 20 questions to choose from and we hope you’ll keep them coming. With such a good selection of questions, we can already tell that choosing the ones we want to answer will be a daunting task.

So far, the issues you would like us to explore focus on three main themes: geographical location of grants; types and diversity of organisations that receive grants; and the scope of grantmaking activity.

Geographical mapping of grantmaking has always been a popular topic, and its something we’ve been asked about since the day we launched 360Giving. Some questions focus on identifying the gaps in funding at local authority level, or designing an interactive map that uses 360Giving data to determine what areas receive place-based support. Answering these questions could enable grantmakers to target geographical areas more strategically, working in places with persistently low levels of funding. One question asks whether a decrease in grant funding in a certain area might be an indicator of the health of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in that area in general. Perhaps the mapping of grants could provide new insights when trying to diagnose challenges in a specific place?

There have been a few questions regarding the types of organisations that receive grants – for instance, whether the money goes to universities, faith groups, community interest companies or capital projects rather than charities in general. One of the questions suggests we investigate the link between the volume and distribution of smaller grants and the level of community activity in a place in order to determine where support is needed the most. Funding trends are mentioned in quite a few of the questions, including a request to explore the correlation between funding certain issues with public cuts in services. Discovering the most and the least funded causes would enable grantmakers to make more targeted investments.

Other questions focus on issues including funder collaboration networks; the amount of funding going directly to the implementing organisation rather than through intermediaries; the success rate of applications; and the number of funders providing non-financial support in addition to grants. We were also pleased to see questions about funders themselves, such as how many of them publish the data and insight-rich information contained in their grantee reports and what are the stories behind those numbers. Do they contain insights that might be useful for others working in the same field?

360Giving Forum, you can submit your questions under the Quest For Questions category

Our Quest for Questions is proving to be an interesting exercise and has sparked lots of ideas for how 360Giving data could be deployed. We look forward to receiving more questions – our quest runs until the end of January. We invite everyone working in the charitable funding sector – whether you are a grantmaker, grant seeker, researcher or technical expert – to share your questions with us on our forum or tweet it to @360Giving.

Tell us about the why, what, where, when and how of the challenges you face and that data would help solve. What do we need to know so we can help support and enhance the sector?

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Let’s ask more of grantmaking and not settle for the status quo

This blog was originally published by Alliance Magazine on November 27, 2017.

Philanthropist Fran Perrin, founder and director of 360Giving, the charity opening up UK grantmaking data, explains why they are launching a Quest for Questions as part of a new Challenge Fund – an open call to the sector to share questions on how data can improve the impact of grantmaking.

Fran Perrin, founder of the Indigo Trust and 360Giving

Questions can change the world.

Space travel, stem cell engineering, the internet and all of man’s great scientific breakthroughs since the wheel started from challenging the status quo and asking ‘what if?’.

Questions are powerful catalysts of change.
When I first began grantmaking I had lots of questions about where I should start. I wanted to know how I could do as much good as possible with my money – who was already being funded?, and how much was going to which causes? – so I could target my money with maximum impact. I trawled the internet but the answers were not easily found. I realised the sector was funding in the dark. And I questioned why that information didn’t exist and ‘what if’ it did.

It was the inspiration to launch 360Giving, which has created a standard format for releasing data so funders can publish their grantmaking information in one place and in a way we can compare and share it. The aim is to transform the way we all fund by basing it on hard evidence, so it is more informed, strategic and ultimately impactful. Since the launch of 360Giving in 2015, more than 60 of the UK’s leading grantmakers are now sharing information on more than £10bn worth of funding. New platforms such as GrantNav and Beehive are being created so the data can be accessed easily by anyone. They can see who funds what they do and perhaps more importantly what isn’t being funded, and grantseekers can find out who is already funding organisations like them that makes it easier and quicker for them to find the funders who might support them. We are already starting to see where the funding cold spots are and if the money follows the areas of most need and where there are patterns and trends.

Change is happening

The data is saving organisations time and money. But the potential for what this data can do in conjunction with other datasets is huge. It has the ability to transform grantmaking and ramp up its value manifold. How do we get there? It’s time to ask more questions. Which is why we are launching the 360Giving Challenge Fund – Quest for Questions.

We are calling for questions that might help billions of pounds worth of grantmaking to work even harder. Tell us what you need to know so we can use data to provide the answers. We are inviting you all – grantmakers, seekers, researchers, technical experts – to share your questions with us.
From today until 31st January 2018, we want you to share with us what you need to know to help you do what you do better. We will then work in partnership with the sector to answer these questions using 360Giving data and the many other data sets that are now freely available.
We believe innovation and improvement comes from a place of curiosity and reflection. In order to make data useful for decision making and policy in the grantmaking sector, we need to reflect together and come up with questions. This is the first step in an exciting journey to turn data into insight and create a great knowledge base for the UK grantmaking community in years to come.

How can you participate? Good question!

Think of a question that you would like us to tackle around better grantmaking.
Post your question on our forum under the Quest for Questions category.
Or tweet it to @360Giving using the #Q4Qs.
Participate in person in our regular Data Surgeries – the next one is on 11th December.

Want to know more? Need help with coming up with a question? Visit the Challenge Fund webpage or tweet us @360Giving using #Q4Qs.

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10 more funders share data to the 360Giving Standard highlighting diversity of support for open grantmaking

Since the end of September, 10 more grantmakers have joined the #greatergrantsdata movement by publishing their data to the 360Giving Standard, taking the total value of UK grants now openly available to almost £11bn.

An additional £215m worth of grants data has been shared by a diverse range of funders including local councils, a community foundation, a corporate foundation, two large and well established grantmakers – the Henry Smith Charity and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation – as well as a smaller funder the Tuixen Foundation and a housing trust.

These funders are sharing their information with the common aim of raising the bar on grantmaking for everyone and to improve their own transparency.

Helen Robinson, Community Grants Officer at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, which is working to inspire social change through research, policy and practice, says: “We are very pleased to join the 360Giving initiative. We see this as a great opportunity to help build a better picture of what funding opportunities are available in York, both for funders and potential applicants.”

Katherine Pitt, Commissioning Officer at Southwark Council that has released data on more than £4.5m worth of grants, says: “We want to be as open and transparent as possible about the grants we give to our local voluntary and community sector. 360Giving has given us an easy way to do so. Getting our data published was much more straightforward than we expected. We hope that other grant givers in Southwark will do likewise, so the picture will be complete.”

Jon Hill, Transparency & Open Data Officer at Barnet Council that has started by publishing around £200k worth of grants, says: “London Borough of Barnet wants to be at the forefront of local government Open Data and Transparency. Engaging with third party organisations and developers who want to work with our data is an integral part of sustaining this. We are very grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with 360Giving in order to add value to our data and contribute to creating a valuable tool for more effective grantmaking.”

Birmingham City Council is sharing three years’ worth of data totalling more than £35m, for grants made between April 2014 and March 2017.

London Councils, that represents London’s 32 borough councils and the City of London, is a cross-party organisation that works on behalf of all of its member authorities regardless of political persuasion. It makes grants to fund voluntary action in the capital through a joint scheme that currently has four priorities – homelessness, sexual and domestic violence, tackling poverty and supporting London’s voluntary and community organisations. Details of 13 of these grants made in February 2017 worth more than £24m have now been published.

Alongside local authority money we are also seeing other local funders wanting to share where they are making a difference.

The Co-operative Group, which gives to local causes through its Local Community Fund, has now published more than £9.5m worth of data representing the first 4,000 grants it has made from the fund.
“We want to be open about where our members’ money is going and let others see the projects that Co-op members have supported. This is our first step into open data publishing and shows our commitment to co-operative values and principles. Together with the work that 360Giving does, we hope to encourage co-operation between grant awarding bodies,” says David Luckin, Community Insight & Propositions Lead.

Also providing community support, Wiltshire Community Foundation, the seventh community foundation to publish to the 360Giving Standard, is now sharing information on more than £1.6m of grants awarded between 2015 and 2017.

Trafford Housing Trust, an independent profit for purpose housing company providing around 9,000 affordable homes within the Trafford area of Manchester, has published information on more than 500 grants made between April 2014 and October 2017 worth more than £2m.

One of the UK’s biggest funders by levels of grantmaking, the Henry Smith Charity, has now published more than £131m worth of data on nearly 3,000 grants made between January 2012 and March 2017. The charity’s ambition is to bring about lasting change to people’s lives helping them to benefit from and contribute to society. In 2016, it gave £28m to organisations that work with people to reduce social and economic disadvantage.

The Tuixen Foundation is also working to provide opportunities for disadvantaged people to fulfil their potential. It has published data on grants worth more than £6.3m made between 2010 and September 2017.

The total number of funders publishing their grantmaking data to the 360Giving Standard is now 62. If you would like to join them in pursuit of building the bigger picture of grantmaking in the UK email Katherine Duerden, Partnerships and Engagement Manager via support@threesixtygiving.org.

 

 

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360Giving calls on government to open up its grantmaking data to achieve new ‘joined up’ charities strategy

The government has announced plans to develop a new civil society strategy. It could take a giant leap forward by opening up all its grantmaking data, says 360Giving.

Will Perrin, co-founder of 360Giving, said:

“It’s fantastic that the government is aiming for a joined up approach to the way Whitehall works with charities. Tracey Crouch is an effective operator and she can pull it off. For a quick start the government should publish the Cabinet Office database of all government grants as open data with as much detail as possible. Then, through tools like GrantNav the government can see all its own work on one screen and compare to the sector’s own grantmaking. Without comparable data joining up is a nightmare.”

The new strategy will aim to coordinate and improve how public sector bodies interact with the charity sector. Tracey Crouch, Minister for Civil Society, says it is not about finding new funding for charities but making better use of the resources the government already has available.

Rachel Rank, CEO of 360Giving and member of the Charity Commission Digital Advisory Group, said:

“We welcome this announcement by the Minister and encourage her to start by looking at what data is collected about charities across government. Data is an asset that it has at its fingertips and if opened up has the power to transform grantmaking and how charities and government can work together. Charities are often asked to submit the same information by different government agencies, in different formats and at different times of the year. Not all of this information is made publicly available or it is locked away in PDFs.”

“Developing a more coordinated and data-savvy approach to engaging with charities will not only reduce the reporting burden on charities themselves, but it will save the government time and money and ensure they are receiving the same information and in a consistent way. This makes the information easier to access and use helping us gain a better understanding of the true size and scale of the sector and all the important work it does.”

More than 60 of the UK’s leading grantmakers are now sharing more than £10bn worth of data on who, where and what they fund using the 360Giving open data standard that means the information can be shared and compared.

Among those publishing their information to the 360Giving Standard are the Big Lottery Fund, BBC Children in Need, Comic Relief, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Henry Smith Charity, Lloyds Bank Foundation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Tudor Trust and the Wolfson Foundation. The 360Giving Standard is also in use at a local level including several community foundations, local authorities and housing trusts.

Read the Minister’s statement in full here.

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Nine new organisations swell 360Giving dataset

More than £10bn worth of grants are now been published to the 360Giving Standard with the addition of nine more grantmakers in the last two months.

The new organisations include family, corporate and community foundations who collectively add £58m worth of grants, plus $404m from the Arcadia Fund, taking the total number of organisations that are sharing their grants data in an open, comparable way to 52.

Kate Stewart, Director of Programmes of community funder Power to Change which has published 165 grants, totalling £13 million made between 2015 and 2017, says:

“There is no reason that trusts and foundations should be left behind by the move towards data transparency. Indeed, there is no real excuse to let that happen.

“Trusts like Power to Change are, rightly, trying to learn as we progress, so that we are better funders and make the smartest and most effective decisions in the future. And we want to work alongside councils, corporates, charities and more, to have the biggest impact we can in a relatively short time.”

The other eight charitable funders who joined our #greatergrantsdata movement are:

Arcadia Fund, founded by philanthropists Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin to preserve cultures and the environment and promote open access, which has now published 194 grants worth $404 million representing 15 years of grantmaking from 2002 to 2017.

Corra Foundation, previously called Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland, that has for 30 years contributed to improving the lives of individuals and communities experiencing disadvantage across Scotland and in developing countries has published 609 grants made between 2015 and 2017 worth £6 million.

Dunhill Medical Trust, which funds research to understanding ageing and age-related diseases, and community-based organisations supporting those in later life, has published 124 grants awarded to community-based organisations worth over £5 million from 2009 to 2017.

Equity Foundation, that supports projects delivering societal change through community projects in the Stockport area, has published 44 grants worth £70k made in 2016 and 2017.

Essex Community Foundation which since 1996 has distributed £30m of charitable funding directly into Essex, Southend and Thurrock making it a great place to live, work, learn and grow, has published 342 grants worth £2 million made between 2016 and 2017.

The Fore, a partnership of the Bulldog and Golden Bottle Trusts which has provided financial and advisory assistance to charities for over 30 years has now published 51 grants between 2013 and 2016 worth £1 million.

Pears Foundation, an independent, British family foundation, rooted in Jewish values, that annually invests between £15m and £20m in good causes focussing on well-being which has now published 224 grants for two years of data up to March 2017 totalling £28.5 million.

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), the membership body for third sector organisations in Scotland, has published 129 grants worth £1.5 million from 2014 to 2017.

 

Any grantmaking organisation can share their funding data using the 360Giving Standard, regardless of where, what or how much they fund. Find out how you can share your data and help build the bigger picture of UK grantmaking by contacting Katherine Duerden via info@threesixtygiving.org.

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$30k Digital Impact grant aims to improve sharing of grantmaking data

Why and how the Ariadne network of 600 funders collect and share data and how they might do so better will be under exploration thanks to a $30k grant from Digital Impact, part of the Digital Civil Society Lab at Stanford University.

360Giving will advise the network on open data formats as part of the project, with The Engine Room leading the research component. This will include interviews with Ariadne members to understand the risks and emerging best practice in sharing grants data openly. It will cover issues such as data redaction, licensing, informed consent and ownership.

The aim of the project is to address perceived risks around sharing grants data and establish processes to diminish that risk in order to support the whole grantmaking sector to improve how it collects and shares data.

Ariadne and The Engine Room will publish a report and framework in spring 2018 and also take part in a conference at Stanford University to share their learning.

Julie Broome, Ariadne Director, says:

“An effective and just social sector relies on coordination across funders and transparency about what they are supporting, but there are sensitivities in funding information, and sharing data in irresponsible ways can cause harm. This project will examine the data shared by funders in the Ariadne network, and produce actionable learning on members’ data maturity, the perceived impact of opening data, and the decision-making process for opening it. It will produce a responsible data decision-making process and, offer insights into the challenges funders face when publishing data.”

Rachel Rank, 360Giving CEO, says:

“We are excited to be part of this project. The award will fund a key piece of work to understand some of the barriers to publishing open data and will create a rigorous framework to mitigate them which we believe will encourage more sharing of grantmaking data.”

The full list of grantees from this year’s funding round is available via the Digital Impact website.

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Nine new publishers join 360Giving Open Data movement

A broad mix of funders are the latest to publish their grantmaking data using the 360Giving Standard. The nine new organisations range from larger national funders, smaller local foundations, a corporate foundation, three community foundations, a livery company, family funders.

Together they take the total number of publishers to 43 and add another 2,730 grants worth £33.5 million – taking the total number of UK grants that are openly accessible to the world to 208,148, worth a total value of £8.9 billion. The full list of new publishers are: The Clothworkers’ Foundation, Community Foundation for Surrey, Cheshire Community Foundation, Quartet Community Foundation, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, Millfield House Foundation, Nationwide Foundation, R S Macdonald Charitable Trust and Walcot Foundation.

‘More than the sum of the parts’

We asked some of our newest publishers why they have opened up their grantmaking data and why other grantmakers should follow suit.

Fiona Ellis, Trust Manager at Millfield House Foundation that funds policy change for a better society, says: “Making grant data open helps grantmakers understand the context of their own grantmaking; helps grant seekers see who might be interested in them – or not; and helps any lottery ticket buyer or donor that supports a grantmaker to see what happens with their money.

“I’d recommend others to participate since a whole picture is worth more than the sum of the parts.”

Sam Grimmett Batt, Senior Grants Officer of The Clothworkers’ Foundation, established by The Clothworkers’ Livery Company in 1977, and donating more than £125m since then to improve the lives of people and communities, particularly those facing disadvantage, says: “We are keen to help potential grantees to understand the type of awards we make and publishing our data in an open format is an excellent way of achieving this. We would encourage other grantmakers to publish both for ethical reasons and to play their part in strengthening the evidence base for the grantmaking sector.

Both agree that the process, though perhaps daunting, is well supported by the 360Giving team.

Sam Grimmet Batt says: “We found the process of publishing easy due to the excellent support provided by 360Giving. They were very helpful and always willing to explain technical processes in layman’s terms.”

While Fiona Ellis says: “I found the process initially daunting because I don’t use spread sheets but the help I got from 360Giving helped hugely. It really isn’t that hard at all.”

And the process can deliver efficiencies to your own data processes as the Clothworker’s Foundation discovered. “The publishing process helped us to streamline our data gathering processes and provided a valuable insight into our workflows for storing, managing and disseminating data,” says Sam.


Explore 360Giving data in our tool GrantNav. If you are interested in publishing your data and want to find out more contact Katherine Duerden: katherine.duerden@threesixtygiving.org

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360Giving future secured to 2020 with Esmee Fairbairn Foundation Grant

We are delighted to have secured a £360,000 grant from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to continue our work encouraging more funders and statutory bodies to publish their data to the 360Giving Open Data Standard – a shared format that makes the data available in an open and comparable way. The grant is to cover core costs over the next three years and will allow us to launch a Challenge Fund later in the year welcoming ideas for new data tools and platforms.

“This multi-year grant that covers our core costs will allow us to be more opportunistic as we go forward with our mission to make sharing and use of open grants data a vital part of good grantmaking,” says 360Giving CEO Rachel Rank.

Gina Crane, Communications and Learning Manager of Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, which has been publishing its grantmaking data to the 360Giving Standard since February 2016, says:

“We believe in the potential of open data, and 360Giving data can form the basis of new tools that everyone – those seeking funding as well as those looking to make grants and investments – can use to understand and improve giving in the UK.”

As part of its funding, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation offers a range of additional support and resources to grantees, including training and advice, meeting room facilities and connections to free resources and to other grantees.

This is the second grant the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation has provided to 360Giving. In 2016 they supported the development of the GrantNav platform, which lets users search, explore and download grants data published to the 360Giving Open Data Standard. Esmée Fairbairn Foundation’s data can be downloaded here.By making a wealth of grant information available in one place, GrantNav saves users time and money, allowing funders to be more informed, and those seeking funding to make more targeted applications.

Take a look for yourselves at the grants data being published using the 360Giving Standard: http://www.threesixtygiving.org/data/find-data/

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New Publisher: Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland

The Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland inspires and supports giving that strengthens communities and enriches local life. It has built an endowment of nearly £75 million and has awarded more than £100 million in grants.

It has now published grants awarded between April 2015 and March 2016 – a total of 1284 worth £6,871,922 – using the 360Giving Open Data Standard, which are now available to explore in the GrantNav platform.

The Foundation’s Director of Partnerships Adam Lopardo says: “We aim to be transparent and show how resources are being used. We already publish a basic list of grants we make every year but expanding the amount of data and publishing it alongside others, we believe creates a powerful tool for other funders and grantees to use. It has also made us think about data we don’t capture, what we lose out by not capturing that data and we are looking at how we might capture it going forward.

“Publishing our data presents a learning opportunity. We already connect people who want to make a difference with organisations who can make a difference here in the North East, but in a world where it’s harder for local causes to be seen, heard and funded, we want to champion them as widely as possible. Through our partnerships programme we want to connect groups in the North East to relevant funders from across the UK and vice versa. Being part of and promoting 360Giving and the GrantNav tool helps us see who else is supporting the sector in the North East and they can see us.

“It helps grantees find and better understand funders who might support their work. Funders in turn can find out who else has funded the groups who are making applications to them. Hopefully the result will be more successful applications from groups and more informed grantmaking by us and other funders.

I found the process to be absolutely fantastic and 360Giving were very patient considering many of the questions I asked were actually available on the 360Giving guidance! It means that when we publish the next set of data it should be very simple to do.”

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