The Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaking Suppor (WINGS) along with the Foundation Center, conducted a series of consultations with international actors from the field to generate critical thinking about the magnitude and nature of the challenges of the philanthropy data landscape. This has now resulted in the Global Philanthropy Data Charter which was launched at WINGSForum 2014 in Istanbul and aims to support commitment to data on philanthropy and a philanthropic sector powered by good data to achieve greater impact.
The Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP), a CEO membership organization has drawn from CECP’s company-reported information from leading multi-national companies for this year’s annual Giving in Numbers report. This provides analysis and benchmarking data for corporate societal investment professionals seeking to compare, track, and assess the scope of their contributions initiatives.
In SSIR post Kevin C. Desouza & Kendra L. Smith explain why nonprofits and other social benefit organizations lag behind the scientific and business communities in collecting and analyzing data. They say that social problems are messier, more dynamic and complex because of the number of stakeholders involved and the numerous feedback loops among inter-related components. They explains the Barriers that exist when creating and using big data as well as how nonprofits have begun to make good use of big data due to mobile phones and outlines 4 steps that can be taken to increase use of big data for social innovation.