Foundation Center's Electronic Grants Reporting
Attracts Participation of the Nation's Top Foundations
New York, NY — March 10, 2009. Nearly 200 foundations in every geographic region of the United States and of all sizes are now participating in the Foundation Center's expanded initiative to collect current foundation grant data electronically. Of these, more than 25 percent are among the nation's top 100 foundations, including the Gates, Ford, Hewlett, Packard, Kellogg, Robert Wood Johnson, Mellon, and MacArthur foundations.
By submitting their most recent grants directly to the Center in a standard electronic format, foundations help ensure that the most timely, accurate data is available to the tens of thousands of people who rely on the Center for information on U.S. funders and their giving. In 2008, over 49,000 grants were reported electronically, totaling more than $10 billion — nearly a quarter of all foundation giving — and so far in 2009 over 11,000 grants totaling nearly $2.7 billion have been added.
"By encouraging foundations to provide us with their grants electronically, we can continue to be the best source of comprehensive, up-to-date grants information available anywhere," said Bradford Smith, president of the Foundation Center. "This is central to our long-standing mission of increasing transparency so that people can see exactly what foundations are doing on the issues about which they care most." In a related effort, the Center is now publishing grants responding to the economic crisis weekly on an interactive map, in daily RSS feeds, and on Twitter.
Announced last fall, the initiative to expand electronic grant reporting has not only attracted the participation of more foundations but of six leading grants management software providers who are partnering with the Center — MicroEdge, Altum, Foundant Technologies, the JK Group, PhilanTech, and Fusion Labs — making grants submission quick and simple.
"The eGrant Reporting Program brings tremendous value to our clients, offering them a highly efficient and effective way to communicate information about their giving activity to a wide range of constituents," said Kevin Carlsten, vice president of business development and marketing at MicroEdge. "We are pleased to support the efforts of the Foundation Center and the grantmaking community in enabling better access to information and transparency."
Geographically, the national breadth of the electronic data collected by the Center makes its new interactive mapping tools even more useful. The top-tier subscription database, Foundation Directory Online Professional, available for free use in the Center's five regional centers and 400 affiliated funding information centers in every U.S. state and beyond, provides easy-to-use maps that display the scope of a funder's grantmaking activity by state, city, county, zip code, and even congressional district. The maps show the growing number of grants made by U.S. foundations directly to nonprofit organizations around the world. Foundations that become electronic grants reporters are given complimentary links to their maps and charts, which they can use for trustee presentations and display on their staff intranets or public web sites. For more information on the Center's electronic grants reporting initiative, visit http://foundationcenter.org/grantmakers/e-grants.
About the Foundation Center
Established in 1956 and today supported by close to 600 foundations, the Foundation Center is the nation's leading authority on philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level. Thousands of people visit the Center's web site each day and are served in its five regional library/learning centers and its network of more than 400 funding information centers located in public libraries, community foundations, and educational institutions in every U.S. state and beyond. For more information, please visit foundationcenter.org or call (212) 620-4230.
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