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Issue 2  |  December 2018
It’s been a busy month here at 360Giving. With recent work by NPC, Civil Society Futures, and confirmed by grantmakers like Barrow Cadbury Trust and our popular ‘who funds with who’ visualisation, there are lots of examples of 360Giving data being used across the grantmaking sector.

Open, comparable data on funding flows is key to understanding civil society and to see changes over time. As we near the end of our first three-year strategy, listen to our founder Fran Perrin talking to Alliance about why she set up 360Giving and her hopes for the future.

We look forward to sharing our new strategy with you next year. In the meantime if you have stories of how data is supporting your work then get in touch. Have a happy Christmas and best wishes for 2019!

Using data to tackle homelessness

360Giving data was used by NPC in their major report released earlier this month on the UK homelessness crisis.

To drive more effective philanthropy in tackling the crisis, NPC wanted to understand which trusts and foundations fund homelessness interventions, which organisations they’re funding, and what the funding looks like.

It may not be easy Christmas reading, but it's inspiring to see such practical, research-led ideas to help funders and philanthropists tackle root causes with systematic funding.

Today, in a follow up from their report, more detailed findings are revealed from the data in a guest blog by NPC.

Five ways my foundation uses data… and a note to self

“Until now, we haven’t been able to get an overview of where the funding is going, and where the gaps are” says Debbie Pippard in her guest blog for us.

Reflecting on changes in the world of data, Debbie picks out the five top ways that Barrow Cadbury Trust uses data to help achieve its goals:
  • Most obviously, they use data to understand their grantmaking
  • To develop programme approaches
  • To plan their work and understand its impact
  • For evaluation
  • To understand how they fit into the funding landscape

Playground – who funds with who?

We’ve had lots of interest in the visualisation that data scientist David Kane made for us for Giving Tuesday. We’ll leave it to some of the many tweets to explain...

Big names joining the community

Three more grantmakers have opened up their data in the past month.
“This is to help everyone understand and use grant data better, and to support more informed decision-making in the charitable sector”, they said.
To find out more about how to share your data (including free technical support) do get in touch:

“It’s been a wonderful surprise”

Do you know why Fran Perrin created us?

The philanthropist and founder of 360Giving has been sharing her story - and reflecting on related issues - at conferences recently.

At last month’s ODI Summit it was also announced that Lloyd’s Register Foundation will improve safety in our built infrastructure and across society through the use of shared and open data.

Fran commented “The Lloyd’s Register Foundation is a wonderful example of an organisation embracing open data and encouraging others to follow. At 360Giving we’ve seen them lead by example, being an early supporter by sharing their £124 million worth of grants to the open standard.”


With the launch of the outcomes from the Civil Society Futures enquiry, we were pleased to be cited as a best practice case study. We wrote to the enquiry about Unlocking funders’ treasure chests of data, which fits neatly into the Accountability element of the proposed PACT for civil society – shared aspirations for us all to commit to.

We were especially pleased to see IVAR launch a project with a group of funders and charities to develop a set of principles to make grant reporting a shared and more mutually beneficial experience. And to read Esmée Fairbairn’s Caroline Mason on why we need to flip the model of grant reporting.

We are part of a coalition led by NPC of charities, funders, infrastructure and membership bodies committing to advocate for and develop radical place-based methods of working. Our part will be around how data sharing can support better understanding of communities and their funding needs.  

On our own blog, we have several other new guest posts. CAST’s Suraj Vagdama explains what updates have been made to the platform and how fund seekers can use Beehive for free.

Open Data Manchester wrote about their work with us on designing data expeditionsEssex County Council and the  Greater London Authority have blogged about their experience at our recent Sports Data Expedition. 

Finally, we felt very cool to be featured by Buzzfeed's data editor in his Data is Plural newsletter.

Profiling poverty in London

Trust for London’s Poverty Profile is a much used and valued resource by anyone working with data. Their survey is a great chance to help shape it.

Practical support to work with data

Do you have an idea for how your organisation could be working better with data but need some support to grow or explore it? The ODI are running a practical two hour workshop to help get you started..

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