Hello grantmakers and seekers...
In a moment of ‘down time’ last month month I was reading about the future of sleep.
Yes, beds as we know them will be a thing of the past thanks to the rise and rise of data. Sleep labs across the globe are collecting data on what produces the perfect and most productive sleep in a bid to improve our day-time efficiency and health. But the really interesting part is not what the scientists now know about ideal sleep, but how new businesses and enterprises are using the data to create amazing products that will revolutionise our bedtimes ... and create a multi-billion pound industry to boot!
What has this to do with open data and grantmaking? Well the real prize of what we are doing through our #GreaterGrantsData movement will be delivered when we have the tools, platforms and products that can revolutionise our grantmaking. Below we introduce the new tool we have created to help community foundations share their data at the press of a button. Our GrantNav platform allows anyone to easily search all the grants published to the 360Giving Standard. It’s now one year old - read how it has advanced in that year. These kinds of tools have the potential to save time and improve the impact and value of funding. Together with you we are building the 360Giving dataset. Now we need you to help us start building new tools and platforms as we all wake up to the benefits of opening up grants data.
Tell us your ideas by using #greatergrantsdata on twitter.
Rachel Rank, CEO