Grantmakers.io - A Community Project
The Grantmakers.io project is spread across two repos:
- Foundation Search (this repo)
- Foundation Profiles
Demonstrate how open source technologies + hosted microservices can be leveraged to minimize the cost of hosting and sharing philanthropic data.
Grantmakers.io was built at zero cost and has zero ongoing costs.
All data is pulled directly from machine-readable IRS Form 990PF. These files are hosted publicly by Amazon Web Services and controlled by the IRS.
To build your own database of tax filings direct from the AWS source dataset, I've open sourced the Node + MongoDB scripts used to build Grantmakers.io. If you prefer other platforms (e.g. Python), check out the Nonprofit Open Data Collective or a quick search on Github should yield a few results.
If you're struggling with the AWS filings, get in touch. I have MongoDB-friendly BSON files I'm happy to share with the academic, research, and journalism communities. Unzipped, these files are ~10GB in size and contain the AWS index data, filing data, and normalized data. Of course, you'll need to be a little familiar with MongoDB to use the files (see below).
Setting up MongoDB using BSON files
First, set up your MongoDB instance. You have two options:
- Install MongoDB on your local machine. MacOS instructions here.
- Use a hosted cloud service. Check out MongoDB Atlas (students and faculty might be eligible for free credits).
Next, import the BSON file using the
mongorestore --gzip --db=yourdbname path/to/BSON/files/
If you have a question, feature request, find a bug, or just want to say hi, please open an issue on GitHub.
Grantmakers.io is developed in the open and uses Github Issues at its core. To view the prioritized list across all repos, simply download the Zenhub browser extension.
Cross-browser compatibility provided by BrowserStack
- Materialize: Alvin Wang et al
- Electronic Tax Filings: Amazon Web Services
- PDF Links: Foundation Center PDF Archives
- Images: Unsplash
Copyright 2016 Chad Kruse
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