Foundation Center launches tool to visualize impact of philanthropy

The Foundation Center recently launched a data visualization tool to help grantmakers, policy makers, researchers and others better understand the impact of philanthropy around the world.

According to the Philanthropy News Digest article, Philanthropy In/Sight (philanthropyinsight.org) allows registered users to create customized Google maps to explore giving patterns, emerging trends, and funding relationships globally, nationally or at the community level.

Updated weekly, the center’s data on some 97,000 grantmakers and more than 1.6 million grants can be combined with dozens of demographic and socioeconomic data overlays to create mashups that help users understand where foundation dollars are having the greatest effect and where funding is most needed.

Users can click on “pins” on a map for details about funders, recipient, and grants; display giving geographically by country, state, county, city, metro area, congressional district or ZIP code; and choose from among 26 fields of interest and 1,100 specialty areas.

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