In partnership with Candid (formerly Foundation Center and GuideStar)—which provides data-driven tools, educational resources and trainings, analyses, and more to the philanthropic sector—MIF offered a workshop to help funders learn how to use data maps to inform funding priorities and strategic decision-making. These maps are free, interactive tools that show the full scope of philanthropically-funded projects.
For this program, we focused on two specific maps with relevancy to funders of media and democracy:
- The media grants data map, hosted by Media Impact Funders
- The democracy grants data map, hosted by Candid
Attendees received a quick demo of the tools, highlighting specific features in each and heard some stories of success from grantmakers who have used these data tools to help identify investment gaps. Moderated by Mary Steyer, Director of Communication at Candid, we heard from:
- Jason Franklin, Founder & Principal, Ktisis Capital
- Supriya Kumar, Global Partnerships Research Manager, Candid
- Lea Trusty, Program Associate, Democracy Fund
About Foundation Maps for Media Funding
Foundation Maps for Media Funding is a data mapping platform that brings the diverse and expansive field of media and philanthropy to light, allowing users to research and explore media and technology funding around the world. The tool captures activities related to media content and platforms; telecommunications infrastructure; media applications and tools; media access and policy; and journalism, news, and information that foundations across the globe have supported from 2009 to present. Specifically designed for funders, nonprofits and journalists, Foundation Maps for Media Funding enables users to see, understand and dig deep into the numbers, networks and trends surrounding media and philanthropy. Explore the map.
About Foundation Funding for U.S. Democracy
Foundation Funding for U.S. Democracy is a data visualization platform for funders, nonprofits, journalists, and anyone interested in understanding philanthropy’s role in supporting and improving U.S. democracy. The platform captures $13 billion in foundation grants made since 2011 that focus on important structural issues in the democracy space, such as campaign finance, civic participation, open government initiatives, and journalism education and training. Explore the data tool.