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Funding Trends

What is it?

Funding Trends helps people understand grant-making data from 360Giving in a new and exciting way. Users can zoom out on the data to see the overall funding trends and then zoom in to take a closer look at dedicated dashboards for each funder.

It uses data from 360Giving’s GrantNav, as well as Charity Commission data from the CharityBase database.


Who can it help?

  • Funders

    • Undertake strategic reviews: See how your funding has changed over the years and how your foundation compares to others
    • Communicate your data: Use your dedicated dashboard to share key statistics about your giving with trustees, staff and recipients
  • Charities or other user-led organisations

    • Research new funding sources: Find out more about potential funding prospects and their approach to grant-making
    • Learn more about your current funders: See how they compare to other funders and view other organisations that are also funded
  • Researchers

    • Understand common practice among funders: Examine topics such as popular focus themes, number of recipients and size of grants
    • Uncover new patterns: Discover changes in grant-making over the years at the overall and individual level

What are the liminations of this data?

There are limitations in this data that you should keep in mind when researching foundations and making conclusions from the data:

  1. Not all funders are included: It only includes funders that have submitted their data to the 360Giving before July 2018—find out how to submit your foundation’s data here.

    For example: major UK funder Garfield Weston Foundation is not included.

  2. Funding data does not cover all years: This tool uses data over a five-year period from 2013 to 2017, but not all funders have submitted their data for this period.

    For example: for the year 2017, the Wellcome Trust has so far only submitted data from 1 January to 30 September.

  3. Theme data is incomplete: Funding recipients without a completed or matching Charity Commission field in the 360Giving Standard are excluded, alongside organisations that are not currently registered under the Charity Commission for England and Wales.

    For example: theme data does not cover the organisations that are not registered as charities organisations among the Big Lottery Foundation's grant recipients.

  4. Recipients can be listed under more than one category within each theme: This is because the tool uses the Charity Commission’s non-distinct approach to categorising charities under multiple themes.

    For example: as NSPCC is categorised under both ‘education/training’ and ‘general charitable purposes’, it's funders are listed as supporting both categories.

Development

npm install
npm start

It will open http://localhost:3000 on your browser so you can see any changes you make.

License

This tool is freely available under the Creative Commons 4.0 licence.

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