We work with our partners to test early-stage solutions for sharing information across platforms, facilitating the flow of information and resources in the charitable sector, and opening up government data about the sector for public use.
Our efforts to make visible “who funds what where” include collaborating with other major foundations to make grantmaking information publicly available on a real-time basis and in a standardized format that is compatible with rapidly evolving international standards. We are also working with leading providers of data about the charitable sector to create a data infrastructure and basic building blocks—such as unique identifiers for nonprofit organizations—that will connect and reconcile disparate data sources.
We fund research on donor behavior and preferences as well as on how government data about U.S. nonprofit organizations can be shared more transparently and efficiently within the sector, and we support discussions about how the sector generates, shares, and acts on data and information.
Policy and Advocacy
Participants in a panel discussion about polio eradication at the Global Vaccine Summit in Abu Dhabi in 2013.
We work to educate leaders about the charitable sector and advocate for informed policies that facilitate giving, allow the sector to operate more efficiently, and allow resources to flow across borders and reach the people who need them.
We also fund policy research and support groups that monitor policy developments and trends that affect charitable activity around the world.
Memberships and Conference Sponsorships
We play an active role in organizations that are dedicated to enhancing the work of grantmakers and grantseekers. Our involvement provides us with a wealth of knowledge from the field and allows our staff to continually develop their skills and share with their peers.
Our team also collaborates with like-minded funders to support conferences that spark conversations and collaboration around innovative solutions.