The 360Giving Standard

For open data to be really useful it has to follow an agreed format – a standard – so it can be easily compared with data from other organisations.

For UK grantmakers, we have developed the 360Giving Standard for this purpose. We use this standard to make sure that when all your data is linked to the 360Giving Registry, it can be easily “read” by different applications. This is how we make sure that when you use the data, the results that come up can be compared.

The 360Giving data standard is:

  • Open data driven – providing a common way to share information on grantmaking.
  • Easy to use – with a simple spreadsheet format for publishing and consuming data, backed up by a structured data model, JSON serialisation and conversion tools.
  • Comprehensive – providing a 360 degree view of grantmaking and supporting in-depth analysis of grants, grantees and beneficiaries.

The 360Giving Standard documentation contains an overview of the schema and an explanation of each of the fields. The documentation also provides information on topics such as identifiers, data protection and licensing.

If you need any help with the documentation please email us:

Want to get involved in maintaining and updating the 360Giving Standard?
The 360 Discussion forum is an online platform for general discussions of the Standard. Please post your comments and suggestions.