Get on the Map: See Your Grantmaking Data in Action

Get on the Map: See Your Grantmaking Data in Action

Get your data ready for Trends 2019

Imagine being able to submit your data to Philanthropy Northwest's Trends in Northwest Giving report and being able to see that data on a map.  In addition, you can see who is funding what and where — anywhere in our region, anytime, and with just a few clicks.

The campaign to “Get on the Map” is a partnership between Philanthropy Northwest, Foundation Center and the United Philanthropy Forum. Its mission: To improve the quality, timeliness and availability of rich grant data — for and about funders in our region. Philanthropy Northwest uses this data to produce regional snapshots, educational programs and in-depth publications, including our biennial Trends in Northwest Giving report.

Access to accurate, up-to-date grantmaking data is critical to understanding the funding landscape and ensuring that your giving is as effective as it can be. And it all starts with you — sharing your current grants data.

If I share my data, what’s in it for me?

When you share your data, you're not just getting your information submitted to Trends in Northwest Giving, you’ll be making a powerful contribution to Foundation Maps, a highly interactive, searchable mapping platform from Foundation Center that will be accessible to all Philanthropy Northwest members. But wait... there's more. This year when you e-report, you get your own login to to the maps with your own saved searches and the ability to download up to 1,000 records per year.

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How to submit your grants data

  1. Register for a Foundation Center Updater account.
  2. Export a complete list of your most recent grants data in a spreadsheet following Foundation Center's template. Foundation Center's software partners have made this easy by building this report into their systems.
  3. Upload your file in Updater’s “Upload Grants” section

Pro-Tip: Providing a detailed grant description is one of the best ways to ensure that your data is coded with the correct subject, population, geographic area served and support strategy codes (for an example of how your grant will appear on your map, please see below).

In general, a good grant description includes information on:

  • WHAT: What is the primary objective of the grant?
  • HOW: How will the objectives of the grant be achieved?
  • WHO: Which group or groups are meant to benefit from the grant?
  • WHERE: What geographic location(s) is the grant meant to serve?

If you have any questions, contact