For 2 years, I helped funders open up information flow in the non-profit sector by publishing what they fund. This is powerful insight. Understanding the 360Giving data standard is crucial for more funders to adopt it.
Funders need to know:
- What is the data standard?
- What must be provided, what’s recommended and what’s optional? (and why?)
- How does the standard fit together?
- How does our data map to the standard?
- How can we ensure we’re telling the true story of our funding?
Supporting the standard meant creating tools, reports, and visualisations to provide clarity and provoke discussion (the standard isn’t static, so your voices as funders, data users, tech and non-profits are hugely important).
One question I hadn’t answered to my satisfaction was “How does the standard fit together?”. So I created a data visualisation to explain what 360Giving helps you share and how it’s put together to support good quality open data on funding.
With funding information shared in a similar way, charitable grant making organisations can ask & answer questions like:
- How can we share the story of our funding?
- Can we find partners by sharing our grant making?
- How can we tackle our shared missions together?
Sharing data openly connects organisations. That’s why open data is the basis of a shared charitable sector information commons. Historically, the non-profit sector had it tough – no-one wanted to fund infrastructure. Here’s what Friends Provident Foundation‘s Danielle Walker-Palmour had to say at a social investment event:
No one wants to fund infrastructure – we need to think of infrastructure as a commons to achieve our sector’s collective goals.
Times and perceptions are shifting; Barrow Cadbury‘s Connect Fund is making headway investing in infrastructure for social investment. Similar initiatives are expected to follow.
A shared commons of information needs standards that make information simple to combine, easy to understand and usable by organisations of every size. The 360Giving data standard is an integral part of the commons and the sector’s data infrastructure. The goal? A shared information commons that sees more of the non-profit sector working together, seamlessly.
Here’s the original Twitter moment: