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Free mapping tool shows full scope of philanthrophically-funded media projects


Media Impact Funders (MIF) and Foundation Center have launched Foundation Maps for Media Funding, a free, interactive mapping and research tool that shows the full scope of philanthropically-funded media projects worldwide since 2009.

This new tool enables users to see, understand, and dig deep into the numbers, networks, and trends surrounding media and philanthropy.

The map includes a wide array of search functions and data visualisation features to explore funding trends, funder networks, types of grantmaking, populations served and much more.

The field of media and philanthropy is growing rapidly, and it now extends beyond activities tracked by previous research. Data shows that in 2013, U.S. funders gave over $1.2 billion in media grants — an increase of over $315 million compared to 2009 funding levels. During this five-year period (2009-2013), U.S. funders made $5.5 billion in media grants to over 10,000 organisations.

Foundation Maps for Media Funding features:

  • Grants from 2009 to present, with comprehensive data through 2013
  • Data with global reach supported by search options and filters
  • Downloadable information and charts
  • A “Constellation” tool to visualise relationships between funders, grantees, and grants

The data in the map have been collected in numerous ways — from Foundation Center’s databases, which are comprised of grants information received directly from foundations or collected from their IRS Forms 990 and 990-PF; and foundation websites and other public sources. To ensure that information on Foundation Maps for Media Funding is as accurate as possible, funders are encouraged to report their data directly to Foundation Center through its eReporting Program.

“Media is one of the most powerful tools for social change, and philanthropy is using media to address pressing global challenges in remarkable and diverse ways,” said Vince Stehle, executive director of Media Impact Funders. “Whether supporting mobile banking platforms to address global poverty, strategic communications to address healthcare disparities, or documentary film on critical environmental issues, media is at the nexus of funders’ work, and this new map shows how central media has become to a broad network of philanthropic strategies across all funding areas.”

The map is available on the Media Impact Funders’ website.

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