Ideas & updates

Our latest news, blogs and events where you can find out more about our work and stories of how open grants data is being used

  • Find that Charity: the place to go for data on 660,000 non-profit organisations

    Find that Charity, a tool created by our team member David Kane to help look up non-profit organisations, has been updated and refreshed. It now brings together data from 16 different sources and is the most comprehensive database of non-profit organisations in the UK. The updated site, https://findthatcharity.uk, draws on open data published by official […]

  • 360Giving Founder and Chair Fran Perrin awarded OBE

    We are delighted that our Founder and Chair Fran Perrin has been awarded an OBE in today’s honours in recognition of her charitable services, including for setting up and driving 360Giving, particularly during COVID-19. In its five years, 360Giving has changed the status quo for funding in the UK. With support from 360Giving, the UK’s […]

  • Equalities data: working towards a shared taxonomy

    By Tania Cohen, Chief Executive of 360Giving, and Bonnie Chiu, Managing Director of The Social Investment Consultancy At 360Giving, we are excited to unveil a new project we’re working on with The Social Investment Consultancy, which specialises in impact measurement for charities and foundations. They previously co-founded the Diversity Forum for Inclusive Social Investment. We […]

  • The Kruger Report: 360Giving welcomes recommendations for more open grants data

    Today, Danny Kruger MP published ‘Levelling Up Our Communities’, his report on civil society and recovery after the coronavirus pandemic and beyond. Danny Kruger MP. Photo: David Woolfall. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 The report was published in response to the Prime Minister’s call for proposals to ‘sustain the community spirit’ of the nation that […]

  • Funders, do you need a data scientist?

    With funders sitting on a goldmine of data, more are asking how they can best use data and what skills they might need to do that. But do you need a data scientist, an analyst or an engineer? In this guest post, Michael Jarvis, Executive Director at Transparency & Accountability Initiative, shares guidance for funding […]

  • Analysing grants for LGBTQI+ organisations

    The end of June was a time of pride. 🏳️‍🌈 To help mark it, I analysed 360Giving data to understand grants made to LGBTQI+ causes.  It was also a good excuse to use some of the new principles I learned from the book Data Feminism, by Catherine D’Ignazio and Lauren F. Klein, and see if […]

  • Introducing the 360Giving Data Strategy Canvas

    The words ‘data’ and ‘strategy’ can seem intimidating when used on their own. Thinking about the two together can give many people, myself included, a headache. When we started to talk about the idea of ‘data leadership’ for our Data Champions programme, run with Dirk Slater from FabRiders, we thought we needed to tackle the topic […]

  • Virtual Data Expedition – August 2020

    Join Open Data Manchester and 360Giving this August for a free, two-week Virtual Data Expedition to improve your data skills. Would you like to feel more confident using data? Do you want to use data to better inform what you do? Whatever your data skills, wherever you are, you’re invited to join a Virtual Data […]

  • 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 […]