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Get on the Map – And Get Even More Savvy about Your Grantmaking!

Friday, February 17, 2017
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IPA's Foundation Map has launched! Click here to explore the map. Read on to learn how to get involved with this exciting initiative.

Imagine being able to see who is funding what and where—anywhere in our region, anytime, and with just a few clicks …

Access to accurate, up-to-date grantmaking data is critical to understanding the funding landscape and ensuring that your giving is as effective as it can be. And that’s what this campaign is all about!

The campaign to “Get on the Map” is a partnership between Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, the Foundation Center and the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, and has as its mission:

To improve the quality, timeliness, and availability of rich grant data—for and about funders in our region.

And it all starts with you—sharing your current grants data.

If I share my data, what's in it for me?
When you share your data, you’ll be making a powerful contribution to Foundation Maps, a highly interactive, searchable mapping platform from Foundation Center that will be accessible to all IPA members.

But, it’s all about participation. Only when our community of funders commits to sharing data will the Foundation Maps platform reach its full potential as a powerful source of accurate, up-to-date answers to questions like…

  1. Who else is funding a particular issue in our region?
  2. What organizations are tackling that issue?
  3. Who is working with specific populations in our community?
  4. Who may be natural collaborators?
  5. Where are there gaps in funding?
  6. How much money is collectively going to specific issues or areas in our region?
  7. What are strategies at play?

Just think…What could “anytime-access” to information like this mean for your work?

How do I submit grants data?
There are just two steps to submitting your grants data using the eGrant format.

  1. Export a complete list of your most recent grants in Excel.

    Most grants management software platforms offer a pre-formatted export function that pulls the necessary data into an Excel file automatically. To find video instructions for your platform, click here.

    If you don’t use one of the listed software systems, simply export a complete list of your most recently-awarded grants into our Excel template.

  2. Email your report to

What data fields do I need to provide?
Click here for more information and instructions on how to share your data. See a data elements heat map.

As a thank you for sharing your data, you’ll also get access to a custom version of Foundation Maps that reflects your individual organization’s grantmaking activity. Once you see it, picture it populated with the data from hundreds of your fellow funders as well. Starting to see the possibilities?

Register for a Quick How-to Webinar to learn more about the "Get on the Map" campaign!
This webinar series is scheduled to help guide any funders interested in getting on the map.  We will walk through instructions for sharing all the necessary grants data to make your regional map come to life. 

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