Help Keep the Foundation Funding for U.S. Democracy Tool Up to Date
Thanks to investments from FCCP network funders and participation from so many in our field, the Foundation Funding for U.S. Democracy (FFUSD) mapping database by the Foundation Center is fast becoming an indispensable tool for helping funders, nonprofits, journalists and anyone else interested in understanding philanthropy’s role in U.S. democracy.
As with any database, the tool is only as good as the data it holds. And when it comes to our election-cycle work, timing is everything!
The best time to submit your grantmaking data to the Foundation Center is at docket time – rather than through your institutions year-end 990s. This helps ensure that information about who is funding what, where, and in what amounts is as up to date as possible.
In 2016, FCCP launched the Make Your Data Count campaign to promote the best practice of submitting grants at docket time. We began asking members through the annual dues form when they are submitting, and we utilized our network newsletter to send quarterly reminders.
If you’re not already reporting your grant data to the Foundation Center at docket time, just two simple steps will get you on your way.
Want to Learn More?
Take an online tour of the publicly-available Foundation Funding for U.S. Democracy data-visualization platform that captures the range of democracy-related activities that foundations have supported from 2011 to present.
Visit this resource page for a background of the tool, features, use cases and other helpful links including instructions for how to become an e-reporter of your democracy-related grantmaking data.