Breakout Session: Forum/Foundation Center Data Partnership: Grant Data Made Useful for Every Region!
Tuesday, July 29, 10-11:45 am
Presenters- Larry McGill, Foundation Center; C. Davis Parchment, Foundation Center; and Joyce White, Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington
Over the past decade, philanthropy has come a long way in recognizing the complexity of our work. As we become more strategic and tackle increasingly ambitious social challenges we need better quality and more timely information to inform our decisions. The Forum and the Foundation Center have embarked on an ambitious journey to respond to this critical need in our field. Building on a successful pilot with Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington, this national collaboration aims to capture the full depth and breadth of grantmaking activity for all regions and make the information useful to both member organizations and funders alike. In this session you will learn about the Oregon Data Challenge, the resulting mapping tool fueled by rich and timely data supplied directly by funders, and how your region can benefit from engaging members in similar efforts. Come see how good data matters in solving the problems we care about and the importance of building on each other’s knowledge to scale what works.