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. In partnership with the Foundation Center and the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, Colorado Association of Funders invites our members to Get On The Map to improve the quality, timeliness, and availability of rich grant data—for and about funders in our region.
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 CAF 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?
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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.
The chart below outlines all of the data fields included in the eReporting standard and highlights those that are required and most preferred.
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?