Tag: Why We’re Getting on the Map

Why We’re Getting on the Map: Prince Charitable Trusts

More and more funders have signed on to “Get on the Map” by e-reporting their grants data to the Foundation Center. The data will populate WRAG’s Foundation Map, a data mapping and visualization platform that will allow members to explore who is giving to what and where across the Greater Washington region.

The 20th WRAG member to commit to get on the map is Prince Charitable Trusts. Says managing director Kristin Pauly,

“I am thrilled to see WRAG participate in the “Get on the Map!” campaign. I think it will be so useful to have a picture of philanthropic activities in this region. In fact, Prince operates from 3 geographic locations: Washington, DC; Chicago, Illinois; and Newport, Rhode Island. We immediately formatted our grant information from all 3 offices and sent them into the Foundation Center for our respective geographic areas. As a relatively small foundation, we are especially interested in leveraging our funds. Having access to up-to-date information on where colleague funders are giving will help guide investments and possible collaborations and funding alignment. Prince is happy to support this effort and encourages other WRAG members to do so as well.”


Get on the Map is an initiative to improve the quality, timeliness, and availability of grants data for and about funders. WRAG Members: To learn more about the platform and how to contribute your data, watch this recent webinar or sign up for the next webinar on May 14.

Why We’re Getting on the Map: The Northern Virginia Health Foundation

Lately we’ve been highlighting some of the reasons why WRAG members are committing to “get on the map” by e-reporting their grants data to the Foundation Center. The data will populate WRAG’s Foundation Map, a data mapping and visualization platform that will allow members to explore who is giving to what and where across the Greater Washington region.

The Northern Virginia Health Foundation signed on to this initiative from the start. Says Patricia Mathews, foundation president and CEO and chair of WRAG’s board of directors,

“The Northern Virginia Health Foundation is pleased to participate in this important effort to improve the data infrastructure of the WRAG community. As a health funder, it is critical for us to understand how our investments intersect with our colleagues’ funding toward other issues that impact the health and wellness of Northern Virginians, like housing affordability, education, and the environment. We anticipate that WRAG’s Foundation Map will be an important tool in our efforts to align our grantmaking in support of creating healthier communities across Northern Virginia. We encourage all of our fellow WRAG members to contribute their data to make this tool as powerful as it can be. This could truly be a way to work toward achieving a healthy region.”


Get on the Map is an initiative to improve the quality, timeliness, and availability of grants data for and about funders. WRAG Members: To learn more about the platform and how to contribute your data, watch this recent webinar or sign up for the next webinar on April 9.

Why we’re getting on the map: The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia

We’ve heard from several funders recently about why they are participating in WRAG’s Get on the Map campaign with the Foundation Center. These funders appreciate the value of both sharing their grants data with their colleagues in the local philanthropic community, and having access to their colleagues’ data in order to work more strategically and efficiently.

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia is one of the latest funders to sign on to the campaign.

According to foundation president Eileen Ellsworth,

“The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia is thrilled to participate in the ‘Get on the Map’ initiative. As a funder, our role is to remain informed about the needs of the region, identify the organizations working to address those needs, and understand the funders interested in supporting their efforts. Our community is so rich with both nonprofits and funders. Not only will this powerful tool shine a light on philanthropy trends in the region and help us to guide our future work, but it will also help us more strategically target and coordinate grant dollars to support the greatest needs in the region.”

Says Jen McCollum, Vice President of Donor Relations,

“Armed with the data generated through this initiative, we will be better equipped to educate our donors about the needs of the region. We know there are great things being done by nonprofits in the area but we also know there is a tremendous amount of work to be done. This concrete data will help us better direct our efforts, inform our donors and generate increased partnerships with like-minded funders in the region.”


Get on the Map is an initiative to improve the quality, timeliness, and availability of grants data for and about funders. By e-reporting their grants data to the Foundation Center, WRAG members will help to build an interactive mapping platform that will allow members to see who is funding what and where in our region. To learn more about the platform and how to contribute your data, watch this recent webinar or sign up for the next webinar on April 9.

Why We’re Getting on the Map: The Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust

More funders are getting on the map. Last week, Angela Jones Hackley and Ben Murphy explained why the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region is sharing their grantmaking data to help build WRAG’s Foundation Map.

One of the latest funders to participate in this effort is the Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust.

Here’s why they’re getting on the map, according to executive manager Lori Jackson:

“As the sole staff person of the Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust, I don’t have a lot of time to meet with colleague funders or do extensive research on the local funding landscape. Having immediate and easy access to my WRAG colleagues’ grantmaking data – and their having access to our data – will help make it easier to find out who else is funding our grantees and potential grantees, and to identify possible new areas of funding alignment or collaboration. We all want be strategic and effective in our giving, and WRAG’s Foundation Map promises to be a tool to help do this. I hope that my colleagues will share their data to make this tool as powerful as possible.”


Get on the Map is an initiative to improve the quality, timeliness, and availability of grants data for and about funders. By e-reporting their grants data to the Foundation Center, WRAG members will help to build an interactive mapping platform that will allow members to see who is funding what and where in our region. To learn more about the platform and how to contribute your data, watch this recent webinar or sign up for the next webinar on April 9.

Why We’re Getting on the Map: The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region

A few weeks ago, Tamara Copeland asked WRAG members to “get on the map” by sharing their grants data with the Foundation Center. That data will populate WRAG’s Foundation Maps platform, an interactive, searchable mapping tool for members that will visualize philanthropy in the Greater Washington region. Rick Moyers recently explained how having this data readily accessible will enable the Meyer Foundation to more thoughtfully and strategically collaborate with their colleagues, making them more effective grantmakers.

We’re excited to report that the list of funders getting on the map by electronically reporting their grants data to the Foundation Center is growing. One of the latest foundations to participate is The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region.

Here’s why they’re getting on the map, according to Angela Jones Hackley, Interim President:

“The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region is happy to be able to support this initiative to improve the quality and timeliness of data for the region’s philanthropic community. As the biggest grantmaker in the region in terms of giving, it’s critical that our data is on the map and available to our funding colleagues.”

According to Benton Murphy, Senior Director of Philanthropic Services and a “self-professed data nerd,”

“Having timely data on philanthropy in the region will help us be more strategic in our grantmaking, helping us see where great work is already happening and may be primed for partnership opportunities. I’m also excited that it will help demonstrate the impact and reach of CFNCR’s and our donors’ funding in communities around the region!”


WRAG Members: Learn more about the Get on the Map campaign and the Foundation Maps platform on our website. For more info on e-reporting and a demo of the platform, register for the next how-to webinar on April 9. Don’t want to wait that long to get on the map? Check out a recording of the last webinar. Questions? Contact Rebekah Seder.