360Giving launches new strategy for funding data

Online grant tracking platform 350Giving has announced a new strategy with the goal of improving data use amongst charities.

Chloe Green | 17th May 19

Online grant tracking organisation 360Giving has launched a new strategy to help funders and improve data exchange.

The platform launched in 2015 to make grantmaking data available to charities and funders in an open, standardised format to help build a better picture of the funding landscape.

The new strategy will involve developing resources such as free technical advice, workshops, peer networks, and dashboard to demonstrated shared information in charity sector.

It aims to normalise open data sharing, improve data quality, increase data literacy, grow data use and help shared learning. This will help support organisations to publish data, help people understand data, and support decision making and learning across the sector.


Open grants becoming the norm

“We are now at a tipping point where publishing open grants data is becoming the norm; but funders need to become more data-informed and improve the quality of the information they share if we are going to create the lasting change we want to see,” said a statement from 360Giving. “This is what our new strategy focuses on.”

“Given our progress over the past three years, enough data is now being shared that we can shift up to using it at scale. I’m excited about the next three years,” said Fran Perrin, founder and chair of 360Giving.

“With 100 funders sharing data on £26bn worth of grants, increasing numbers of organisations using the data, the development of new visualisation tools, adoption as a Government Standard and winning a digital impact award, 360Giving has got to a place where it’s creating real and meaningful change.”

“For charitable giving to strategically address society’s problems we need to build on this momentum. That’s why we are applying the learning and infrastructure we have developed over the past three years to enable more grantmakers to use the data in their day to day work, and for others to demonstrate its relevance.”

For more on making the most of data in the charity sector, check out our recent article ‘The best data resources for charities’

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