Tools to Data Aggregation, Sharing, & Standards

Data Aggregation, Sharing, & Standards

These tools help people compile, standardize, and share information.

Electronic Grant Reporting

FREE

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“The Foundation Center’s eGrant and hGrant Reporting Programs enable grantmakers to quickly and easily share grants data, and equip you with interactive maps that showcase your grants activity. Through the eGrant Reporting program, you can submit your grants electronically to the Foundation Center on a regular basis, expediting their inclusion in Foundation Directory Online, the nation’s most widely used searchable database of U.S. grantmakers and their grants, and Philanthropy In/Sight, the Foundation Center’s tool for tracking the work of foundations worldwide.”

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Fluxx

FEE

intermediate

 


Fluxx is “a collaborative work platform, connecting everyone in your organization to the data that runs your business.” Fluxx provides “unified software systems… [where] segregated data streams are brought together, fostering entirely new interactions and revolutionary insights; a usable user interface [that] allows everyone in your organization to interact with data via custom dashboard views; and a social work platform [that] bridges organizational gaps with practical social features that foster more efficient workflow and catalyze collaboration.” Fluxx has been used in philanthropic settings to help streamline grants management processes.

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Foundation Directory Online

FREEMIUM

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“Foundation Directory Online (FDO) is the nation’s leading online funding research tool, developed by the Foundation Center. FDO provides the most current, accurate, and comprehensive information available on U.S. grantmakers and their grants, drawn from reliable sources, including IRS Form 990s, grantmaker web sites and annual reports, and the grantmakers themselves. The Foundation Center has combined its data with the latest technology. These advances have led to improvements such as the ability to keyword-search across an entire database of IRS Form 990s, map and chart the distribution of a funder’s grants, and sign up to receive funder-specific e-mail alerts.”

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FoundationConnect

FEE

intermediate

 

“NPower’s FoundationConnect is a total solution for managing the grantmaking lifecycle. FoundationConnect is a fully cloud-hosted solution that provides a stable, secure, and scalable platform that can grow and adapt to a foundation’s evolving needs. Features include: online grant applications; 501c3 verification; flexible forms & workflows; real-time core & ad hoc reports; Salesforce.com platform; web portal on Amazon cloud; and MS Office/Outlook integration.”

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Glasspockets

FREE

beginner

 

“Glasspockets.org is a web site created by the Foundation Center focused on transparency in philanthropy. With Glasspockets, the Foundation Center and its partners are working to: inspire private foundations to greater openness in their communications; increase understanding of best practices in foundation transparency and accountability in an online world; illustrate how institutional philanthropy is relevant to the critical issues of our time; highlight the many stories of philanthropy that show how private wealth is serving the public good; and illuminate successes, failures, and ongoing experimentation so foundations can build on each other’s ideas to increase impact.”

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ImportOmatic

FEE

intermediate

 

"ImportOmatic is an advanced and flexible import utility for The Raiser's Edge that saves organizations countless hours by streamlining and standardizing their processes. With robust constituent import functionality, standardization, user defined configuration, and an easy to use interface, ImportOmatic will help eliminate data inefficiencies. Allowing users to import data from nearly any system efficiently and accurately, ImportOmatic includes the ability to process constituent, address, gift, relationship, volunteer, tribute, membership, prospect, action, attribute, and participant records simultaneously."

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Intuit’s QuickBase

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intermediate

 

“QuickBase provides one platform from which workgroups can easily create unlimited applications to automate business processes and improve communication and collaboration online. QuickBase applications solve critical business problems and help improve productivity and efficiency because they are tailored by the user to match the exact workflow and unique needs of their team - something complex point solutions or generic spreadsheets simply can't match.”

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IssueLab

FREE

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“Through IssueLab, the Foundation Center is working to more effectively gather, index, and share the collective intelligence of the social sector. IssueLab provides free access to thousands of case studies, evaluations, white papers, and issue briefs addressing some of the world’s most pressing social problems. If you have worked, volunteered, or interned for a social sector organization, foundation, or university based research center, you can create an account and add resources to the IssueLab collection. As long as your materials are free and available to the public, IssueLab accepts annual reports, case studies, datasets, evaluations, fact sheets, issue/policy briefs, literature/research reviews, presentations, reports/white papers, surveys, congressional testimony, and toolkits.” 

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NGOsource

FEE

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“NGOsource helps U.S. grantmakers streamline their international giving through easier equivalency determinations. NGOsource simplifies the task of evaluating whether a non-U.S. organization is the equivalent of a U.S. public charity—a process known as equivalency determination or ED. [NGOsource’s] global reach, legal expertise, and standardized methodology enable a thorough, accurate analysis in compliance with IRS regulations. Backed by a database of detailed information about non-governmental organizations around the world, the data and analysis that NGOsource uses to issue an ED to one grantmaker can be used to issue EDs to other grantmakers. In this way, NGOsource reduces the complexity and costs of EDs for grantmakers and their intended grantees.”

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Open Aid Register

FREE

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Open Aid Register helps “non-profits and NGOs publish their aid data using the most common data standard for aid: IATI (International Aid Transparency Initiative) and ensures that this data remains open. One of the key problems facing global aid transparency initiatives today is knowing who is doing what, where. Publishing aid data in IATI allows the aid information from NGOs and non-profits to be cross-referenced and compared with aid data published by donors. Striving to get all global aid information published in the same format will allow funders, providers, and recipients of aid, in addition to the general public, to understand what is currently being done and what should be done in the global aid arena.”

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Tools and Resources for Assessing Social Impact

FREE

beginner

 

“Tools and Resources for Assessing Social Impact (TRASI) is a searchable, expert-reviewed database of over 150 approaches to measuring the impact of social programs and investments. It also features a community portal for nonprofits, grantmakers, and social enterprises to connect with peers and evaluation experts. With TRASI you can: browse a listing of over 150 tools and resources for assessing social impact; search for tools and resources based on the framework outlined in McKinsey’s Learning for Social Impact initiative; find ready-to-use tools to conduct a program evaluation; learn what leading foundations, nonprofits, and social enterprises are using to measure their impact; read the latest foundation-funded reports and case studies; and connect with a network of peers and experts interested in assessment.”

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Zoho CRM

FEE

intermediate

 

“Zoho CRM gives you a 360-degree view of your complete sales cycle and pipeline. Identify trends, spot opportunities, increase efficiency and reduce costs with the right answers, right now. Sync Google emails and other information with Zoho CRM. Collaborate and share information easily with Zoho CRM for Google Apps.”

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