"Reporting Commitment" Opens Up Grants Data
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Posted by: Lisa Pool
Fifteen of the U.S.'s Largest Foundations Partner With the
Foundation Center, Encourage Others to Join Effort for Philanthropic
New York, NY — October 9, 2012. A group of the
largest U.S. foundations have formally committed to release their grant
information in a consistent, open, and frequent manner, in an effort to more
effectively address the issues facing our communities and our world. To date,
15 foundations have partnered with the Foundation Center and agreed to open up
their grantmaking data in this initiative known as the "Reporting
"In essence, the Reporting Commitment
liberates grants data from the confines of a single foundation and brings
knowledge sharing to the fore," said Judith Rodin, president of the
Rockefeller Foundation, one of the 15 current participants. "This effort —
with its emphasis on transparency and collaboration — positions data as a
strategic resource within and beyond the philanthropy sector."
Grant information, which will be reported
at least quarterly by each foundation, is available on the Foundation Center's
transparency-centered web site, Glasspockets.org. Data from the participating
foundations is in a machine-readable open format and coded to an open
geographic standard, developed by the Foundation Center known as GeoTree.
An interactive map of the
data — also available on Glasspockets.org — allows people to see at a glance
the national and global reach of America's largest foundations.
"By making their grants information
available in open format and in near-real time, these foundations are helping
philanthropy join the era of Big Data," said Bradford Smith, president of
the Foundation Center. "This brings us one step closer to being able to
see how foundation grants, government spending, and private investments are
coming together to address the issues of our time."
The participating foundations made this
commitment to each other and the field based on the belief that accurate and
accessible information is critical to effective collaboration, strategic
decision making, and a more engaged philanthropy sector. Foundations around the
world — large and small — are encouraged to join the Reporting Commitment,
increasing their own transparency and contributing to the knowledge resources
that drive philanthropic impact. Additional information and resources for
foundations interested in participating are available on Glasspockets.org.
"As more and more foundations join the
Reporting Commitment, new insights will emerge from the data, with benefits
that reach far beyond the participating foundations," said Larry Kramer,
president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, another participant in
the initiative. "Open access to accurate, consistent, current data will
make it easier for organizations and people seeking grant dollars to find
effective partners for their work, greatly enhancing the philanthropic sector
as a whole."
The Foundation Center has licensed this
collection of data under Creative
Commons, making it open and free to the social sector,
researchers, developers, media, and the general public.
About the participating
organizations to date:
Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide.
Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the
world to the resources they need to succeed. For more information, please visit
foundationcenter.org or call (212)
Foundation is a family foundation that provides funding and support to
nonprofit organizations in the United States and globally. The Foundation
and its Board of Directors are also directly involved in the community with
innovative projects that further its mission to advance public well-being
through improved communication. The Foundation encourages the development
of effective ways to share ideas and knowledge. For more information, please
visit annenbergfoundation.org or call
Philanthropies are dedicated to bringing about lasting changes in the lives of
disadvantaged and vulnerable people. Atlantic is a limited life foundation that
makes grants through its five programme areas: Ageing, Children & Youth,
Population Health, Reconciliation & Human Rights, and Founding Chairman.
Atlantic is active in Australia (final grants made in 2011), Bermuda, Northern
Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United States and Viet Nam.
For more information, please visit atlanticphilanthropies.org or call (212)
Guided by the
belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing
countries, it focuses on improving people's health and giving them the chance
to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it
seeks to ensure that all people — especially those with the fewest resources —
have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based
in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and Co-chair
William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren
Buffett. For more information, please visit gatesfoundation.org or call (206) 709-3400.
Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation, was established in 1996 to
expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals
and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status
of all Californians. The Endowment challenges the conventional wisdom that
medical settings and individual choices are solely responsible for people's
health. The Endowment believes that health happens in neighborhoods, schools,
and with prevention. For more information, please visit The Endowment's Web
site at calendow.org or call (213)928-8622.
Corporation of New York was created by Andrew Carnegiein 1911 to promote
the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding. In keeping with
this mandate, the Corporation's work focuses on the issues that Andrew Carnegie
considered of paramount importance: international peace, the advancement of
education and knowledge, and the strength of our democracy. For more
information, please visit carnegie.org or call (212) 207-6273.
Foundation's mission is to promote the transition to a sustainable energy
future by advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy. For more
information, please visit ef.org or call (415) 561-6700.
Foundation fulfills the philanthropic mission of the J. Paul Getty Trust by
supporting individuals and institutions committed to advancing the
understanding and preservation of the visual arts in Los Angeles and throughout
the world. For more information, please visit www.getty.edu/foundation or call (310)
The William and
Flora Hewlett Foundation has been making grants since 1967 to help solve social
and environmental problems at home and around the world. The Foundation
concentrates its resources on activities in education, the environment, global
development and population, performing arts, and philanthropy, and makes grants
to support disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. For more
information, please visit hewlett.org or call (650) 234-4500 ext.
The Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing
our country. As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health
and health care, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and
individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, measurable, and
timely change. For 40 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment,
and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and
health care of those it serves. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org
or call (877) 843-RWJF (7953).
The W.K. Kellogg
Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by
breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest
philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all
children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with
communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize
their full potential in school, work and life. For more information, please
or call (269) 969-2079.
The John D. and
Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective
institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. In
addition to selecting the MacArthur Fellows, the Foundation works to defend
human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better
places, and understand how technology is affecting children and society. For
more information, please visit macfound.org or call (312) 917-3690.
The Gordon and
Betty Moore Foundation, established in 2000, seeks to advance environmental
conservation, patient care and scientific research — around the world and in
the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information, please visit moore.org or call (650)
The Charles Stewart
Mott Foundation, established in 1926 by an automotive pioneer, is a private
philanthropy committed to supporting projects that promote a just, equitable
and sustainable society. It supports nonprofit programs throughout the U.S.
and, on a limited geographic basis, internationally. Grantmaking is focused in
four programs: Civil Society, Environment, Flint Area and Pathways Out of
Poverty. Besides Flint, offices are located in metropolitan Detroit,
Johannesburg (South Africa) and London. The Foundation, with 2011 year-end
assets of approximately $2.13 billion, made 456 grants totaling $89.3 million.
For more information, please visit www.mott.org or call
The David and
Lucile Packard Foundation is a family foundation created in 1964 and guided by
the enduring business philosophy and personal values of the founders, Lucile
Salter Packard (1914–1987) and David Packard (1912–1996), who helped found one
of the world's leading technology companies. The Foundation provides grants to
organizations to work on issues our founders cared about most: improving the
lives of children, enabling the creative pursuit of science, advancing
reproductive health, and conserving and restoring the earth's natural
systems. For more information, please visit packard.org or call (650)
Foundation aims to achieve equitable growth by expanding opportunity for more
people in more places worldwide, and to build resilience by helping them
prepare for, withstand, and emerge stronger from acute shocks and chronic
stresses. Throughout its 100 year history, the Rockefeller Foundation has
enhanced the impact of innovative thinkers and actors working to change the
world by providing the resources, networks, convening power, and technologies
to move them from idea to impact. For more information, please visit rockefellerfoundation.org or call (212)