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February 2011 (3 posts)

Transparency "Heat Map"
February 23, 2011

There's a cool new feature on Glasspockets.org to see which foundations are using different kinds of communication vehicles — everything from news feeds and social media channels to official documents like financial statements, annual reports, bylaws, and more.

The Transparency Heat Map arranges the foundations and communication types on a grid arranged by "heat," from the more frequently used channels to the less common. You can also sort by category to see the grid that way. 


GlasspocketsFoundation Directory Online also has tools to find foundations with "glass pockets." Look for the icon in a grantmaker profile and click on it to link to the foundation's "Who Has Glass Pockets" profile. There are currently 25 foundations with profiles (see the full list here), and that number is growing.

You can also connect with foundations' social and multimedia channels with the FDO Professional social media tab. Read live Twitter updates, see recent videos and blog posts, follow Facebook updates, and more.

February 09, 2011

Banner_gc_new It's official — GrantCraft is the newest component to be added to the Foundation Center's ever-growing list of projects. Formerly a project of the Ford Foundation, the Foundation Center and the European Foundation Centre will now take ownership of the site along with a $1 million grant from Ford to expand the initiative. 

In case you're not familiar with GrantCraft, it was initially founded in 2001 to provide case studies and examples to serve as orientation materials for Ford Foundation program officers. In the decade that followed, the site developed into a vast store of practical wisdom aimed at helping grantmakers from all organizations get beyond the basics and work more effectively. Today, the site makes available publications on thirty key issues to more than 21,000 subscribers.

The details of the new GrantCraft initiatives are still in the works, but one of the main goals of the new partnership will be to expand the GrantCraft community — particularly across the Atlantic!If you (or someone you know) has particularly great ideas for the future of GrantCraft, it's currently in need of a director.

Read the official press release to learn more.  

Arts Funding
February 03, 2011

For those of you looking for funding in the arts, join us on GrantSpace on February 11, 2011 for a live, text-based event, Crowdfunding in the Arts: Meet Kickstarter & USA Projects. Representatives from Kickstarter and USA Projects will answer your questions about how their online funding platforms can help artists get individual donations for their projects. Register.

Kickstarter Kickstarter is the first online funding platform for creative projects and is powered by a unique all-or-nothing funding method where projects must be fully-funded or no money changes hands.

Usartists_logoUSA Projects, created by United States Artists, the national grant-making and advocacy organization, connects people with artists and raises tax-deductible contributions for original work in the performing, visual, media, and literary arts.

After this live chat event, join us for our live presentation online of Grantseeking Basics for Individuals in the Arts, where you'll get an overview of how to approach other funding sources, including foundations and corporations, for your work in the arts.

There was also a recent post on the Philanthropy Front and Center - New York blog about nonprofit arts groups and making the case for government funding. It sums up the highlights of a recent panel on the subject - a must read if you plan on applying for government funding!