California Foundation Stats: New Online Dashboard Provides At-A-Glance Data About Statewide Giving

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Did you know:

  • South Coast and Border foundations are home to 599 foundations with collective assets of $3.8 billion and giving of $258.6 million?
  • In the last 10 years, giving by South Coast and Border foundations has increased by 88% and assets have more than doubled?
  • Health, education, and human services are the top three funding priorities favored by South Coast and Border foundations?

Some of the most frequent questions San Diego Grantmakers is asked have to do with the overall philanthropic landscape, identifying the top funders in a particular field or region, the top issues being funded or where a particular foundation ranks in the big scheme of things. Now the answers to these types of questions are just a click away!

A New Dashboard of Statewide Giving

Thanks to support from The James Irvine Foundation, finding key statistics for California institutional philanthropy just got a lot easier with the launch of Foundation Center’s new California Foundation Stats dashboard, a free, online tool that allows anyone to access hundreds of top-level charts and tables on the size, scope, and giving priorities of California foundations, as well as giving to California-based recipients by those outside California. It also lists top funders by region and issue area, and includes access to nearly 900 research reports about California-based initiatives, sortable by regional focus.

California Foundation Stats provides statewide data, as well as regional data tables for nine different regions: Bay Area, Central Coast, Central Valley, Inland Empire, Los Angeles, North Coast, Orange County, Sierra Range, South Coast and Border.

Featuring Dynamic, Living Data

Currently, the online dashboard tool includes grants data from 2013 and 2014, but an exciting aspect of these data tables is that as Foundation Center receives updated grants information from grantmakers as part of the “Get on the Map” campaign effort or as a result of newly available 990 forms, the dashboard will be a living data set that adjusts to reflect up-to-date information about giving priorities and giving to the state or regions.

Everyone from grantmakers and grantseekers to academics, advocates, and journalists will find the dashboard to be a useful tool to support their work, and one which they will want to bookmark to come back to as the data changes. The highlighted facts shared at the top of the blog are just an example of the data you can uncover by taking some time with this new tool.

Rounding Out the Toolbox: Foundation Maps California

Also available exclusively to members of the three California regional associations of grantmakers (Northern California Grantmakers, San Diego Grantmakers, and Southern California Grantmakers) is Foundation Maps California, a searchable database that displays detailed information about more than 200,000 grants made by 260+ California grantmakers. It, too, was developed thanks to grant support from The James Irvine Foundation.

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