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360Giving News
Issue 1  |  November 2018

Welcome to our new-look newsletter - about helping people to use data for more effective grantmaking. Please tell us your stories so that we can share them each month here in 360Giving News.

Much more news is being shared on our Twitter and LinkedIn feeds and our blog. Do check that we follow and connect with you.

We’d like it if you forwarded this email to friends within and outside of your organisation.

Getting data active

Data can be a team sport! That was one of the findings uncovered at the sports Data Expedition we organised with the GLA at London’s City Hall last week.

The researchers, coders, storytellers and analysts from grantmaking and public sector bodies learned new datasets, skills and tools.

Read more on our blog about what they found concerning funding for sport activities, how to reduce inactivity and increase integration through sports.

Award-winning visualisations

We were delighted with the energy among the 100 of you who joined us in Shoreditch on 21st September to celebrate new ways that 360Giving grants data can now be visualised.

We had invited designers and data journalists to use 360Giving data to develop and visualise responses to key questions facing the grantmaking sector. We received 35 entries overall and worked with an expert panel to select the three winners.

Watch this one minute video for a sense of the occasion and check out and play with the winning entries.

Data is power

Top UK independent charitable foundations are continuing to increase their grantmaking, according to Foundation Giving Trends 2018. In her guest blog for us, co-author Dr. Catherine Walker celebrates the sustained growth of a vibrant and diverse foundation giving sector.

Cat also highlights the value and power of data in illuminating trends in grantmaking. “If more foundations publish their grants data to the 360Giving Standard, society will have the means to answer the age-old question of what causes foundations fund, and seeing the trends develop over time.”

“We believe that knowledge is power, and sharing data shines a light on a sector which deserves to be seen more.”

A growing community

£200m has been added to the 360Giving dataset recently, from eight new publishers. Welcome to:
  • Devon Community Foundation
  • Local Trust
  • National Churches Trust
  • Samworth Foundation
  • Stockport MBC
  • Trust for London
  • Wates Family Enterprise Trust
  • Wates Foundation
If you’d like to find out more about how to share your data, please get in touch: We offer free technical support.

Sharing data responsibly

In partnership with Ariadne and The Engine Room, we have developed a guide to help funders who want practical advice on how to share data responsibly.

The Conversation Guide is organised along the grant management life cycle:
  • Data collecting: how to collect and manage data in the application, monitoring and reporting phases.
  • Storing grantee data: how to provide clear information on which data is collected and why, and how it’s stored.
  • Sharing and publishing information: how to share and publish information in a considered, responsible way.

Good to meet you

We enjoy meeting you at events and sharing ideas - come and say hello! Events coming up include:

Data4Good Conference, Birmingham, Wednesday 14 November
Our session with Esmée Fairbairn and Birmingham City Council) is on data-driven giving - how open data is transforming the funding landscape.

ODI Summit, London, Tuesday 20 November
Join our founder and chair Fran Perrin as she looks ahead at data infrastructure and the common challenges in facing data transformation.  


On the NPC blog today, our founder Fran Perrin shares her excitement at witnessing the data leadership grantmakers are showing. She urges that they each need “to bring in trustees who have digital skills and to consider those skills as crucial as legal or financial experience.”

Over at Civil Society Futures, our CEO Rachel Rank says that “whilst no perfect world of data exists, organisations should start sharing the data they have and build from there. They’ve got nothing to lose, and civil society has everything to gain.”

Lloyds Bank Foundation CEO Paul Streets, writes in Third Sector that local austerity stories are corroborated by crunching the 360Giving data. “As a sector, we’re now in the fortunate position of having more data than we’ve ever had to make our case.”

On our blog, data scientist David Kane shares five ways the Charity Commission can improve its data to meet its strategic objective.

Openly social

Be involved with our activities via Twitter and Linkedin and please forward to a friend.
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