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Uganda: Data Strategy and Capacity Building (3rd Report)

August 31, 2017

This report presents highlights from Building a Collective Philanthropy Data System, a workshop that took place in Kampala on April 10th 2017. The workshop was the third in a series of meetings that have taken place over the past year in Uganda as part of the Data Strategy and Capacity Building Program, a joint effort led by East Africa Association of Grantmakers (EAAG), Uganda Philanthropy Forum (UPF), DENIVA, and the Independent Development Fund (IDF) along with more than 30 Ugandan philanthropic organizations. The program aims to strengthen the capacity of foundations and trusts to collect, analyze, and share data and knowledge that highlight the value of Ugandan philanthropy to national development outcomes, facilitate philanthropic collaboration, and inform grantmaking and programmatic decisions.The workshop marked a transition from planning to implementation. It sought to solidify recommendations made in earlier meetings and focused on the development of a prototype philanthropy data portal for Uganda. The group agreed on which specific types of data they were willing to share at this point in time and outlined a proposed structure for the data portal. Having agreement on what information to share and how to structure it was crucial at this stage of the process, as it will serve as a framework for data collection going forward and will ensure that the data that will ultimately be shared is contextually relevant and applicable. Further, the partners continued to develop the strategy for implementing the portal development and the population of its data, and hence agreed on partner roles and concrete next steps.

Tanzania: Data Strategy and Capacity Building (3rd Report)

August 31, 2017

This report highlights the key outcomes of the Building a Collective Philanthropy Data System Workshop held in Dar-Es-Salaam on April 13th 2017, the third in a series of workshops conducted over the past year in Tanzania as part of the Data Strategy and Capacity Building Program, a joint effort of East Africa Association of Grantmakers (EAAG), Tanzania National Philanthropy Forum (TPF), Foundation Center, the Foundation for Civil Society, and more than 15 Tanzanian philanthropic organizations. The program aims to strengthen the capacity of foundations and trusts to collect, analyze, and share reliable data to highlight the value of philanthropy to national development outcomes in Tanzania, facilitate philanthropic collaboration, and inform grantmaking and programmatic decisions.The most recent workshop, Building a Collective Philanthropy Data System, was held to move the program from the initial strategy development phase to implementation. The workshop sought to solidify agreements made during the first year of the program and was focused on the development of a prototype data portal for the philanthropy sector in Tanzania. The partners agreed on which data are shareable at this time and outlined a suggested structure for the data portal. Having agreement on which information to share and how to structure it was crucial at this point in the process, as it will serve as a framework for data collection and to make sure the data that will ultimately be shared is contextually relevant and applicable. Further, the partners continued to refine the strategy and agreed on partner roles and concrete next steps.

Tanzania: Data Strategy and Capacity Building (2nd Report)

March 21, 2017

This report presents key outcomes from the Tanzania Data Strategy and Capacity Building Workshop, held in Dar es Salaam on the 7th of December 2016 The workshop brought together local philanthropy stakeholders who participated in a "Data Scoping Meeting" held on the 27th of October 2016. This initial meeting identi ed the need to build capacity in data management and explore strategies for developing a collective philanthropy data system for Tanzania. The Data Strategy and Capacity Building Workshop was hosted by the Tanzania National Philanthropy Forum (TPF) in partnership with Foundation Center, East African Association of Grantmakers (EAAG) and The Foundation for Civil Society.The ultimate goal of the Data Strategy and Capacity Building work in Tanzania is to lay the necessary groundwork for the local philanthropy sector to build and operate its own data collection system. The two workshops held to date provided opportunities for key stakeholders to develop a sense of common purpose around data collection and sharing. The result of the meetings was the creation of an Action Plan that identifies critical areas of work that need to be undertaken by TPF to build a sustainable data collection system and a community of practice committed to its achievement. The elements of that Action Plan are presented in this report, beginning on page 8.

Uganda: Data Strategy and Capacity Building (2nd Report)

March 21, 2017

This report presents key outcomes from the Uganda Data Strategy and Capacity Building Workshop, held in Kampala on the 5th of December 2016. The workshop brought together local philanthropy stakeholders who participated in a "Data Scoping Meeting" held on the 27th of October 2016, which identified the need to build capacity in data management and explore strategies for developing a collective philanthropy data system for Uganda (For more information, download the meeting report). The Data Strategy and Capacity Building Workshop was hosted by the Uganda National Philanthropy Forum (UPF) in partnership with Foundation Center, East Africa Association of Grantmakers (EAAG), Independent Development Fund (IDF), and Development Network of Indigenous Voluntary Associations (DENIVA).The ultimate goal of the Data Strategy and Capacity Building work in Uganda is to lay the necessary groundwork for the local philanthropy sector to build and operate its own data collection system. The two workshops held to date provided opportunities for key stakeholders to develop a sense of common purpose around data collection and sharing. The result of the meetings was the creation of an Action Plan that identifies critical areas of work that need to be undertaken by UPF to build a sustainable data collection system and a community of practice committed to its achievement. The elements of the Action Plan are presented in this report, beginning on page 9.

Tanzania: Data Strategy And Capacity Building

March 10, 2017

Tanzania has seen significant improvements to its national development data infrastructure in recent years. In February 2016 the country adopted an Open Data Policy aimed at increasing access to government data and promoting increased transparency and partnerships for social and economic development. Key government data has been made available for use by civil society organizations (CSOs) and the media through an open data portal. Additionally, the 2016-2021 National Development Plan includes among its key objectives the need to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets into its Monitoring and Evaluation Framework.However, existing data initiatives are largely government driven and do not take into account data from or about civil society actors. In particular, Tanzania lacks a dedicated platform and framework for collecting, sharing and analyzing data on philanthropy. In September 2015, inspired by similar initiatives in other East African Countries, the Foundation for Civil Society partnered with the East Africa Association of Grantmakers (EAAG) to form the Tanzania National Philanthropy Forum (TPF). The launch of the TPF marks an opportunity for the philanthropy community in Tanzania to come together and strengthen its voice and influence in national development processes.

Uganda: Data Strategy and Capacity Building

March 10, 2017

As part of Uganda's commitment to the Sustainable Development Agenda, the country has made substantial progress toward improved national development data—including the launch of a Development Data Hub supported by Development Initiatives and a review of open data readiness jointly undertaken by the government and the World Bank. Uganda however, lacks an organized framework for collecting and sharing reliable and comparable data on philanthropy. As such, the newly established Uganda National Philanthropy Forum (UPF) represents a key mechanism for the sector to consolidate its e orts and hone its contributions to national development. The forum was established in October 2015, facilitated by the East Africa Association of Grantmakers (EAAG), in partnership with Independent Development Fund (IDF), Development Network of Indigenous Voluntary Associations (DENIVA) and GoBig Hub. Its objective is to explore strategies for consolidating and organizing the philanthropy sector in Uganda.As a follow up to the UPF agenda on advancing philanthropy data in Uganda, EAAG and the Foundation Center in partnership with IDF and DENIVA hosted a Data Scoping Meeting on October 25th 2016. The objective of the meeting was to explore opportunities to strengthen data sharing and management to enhance the sector's coordination and in uence on national development policy. The meeting brought together 35 foundations, trusts and other local philanthropy organizations.

Kenya: Data Strategy and Capacity Building

April 28, 2016

Kenya has undertaken much work to date on data and knowledge issues, and has advanced this through the Kenya Data Forum—a national initiative managed by the Deputy President's office that aims to develop and implement a long term sustainable local data strategy. Kenya, however, lacks an organized framework for collecting reliable and comparable data on philanthropy in the country; to help meet this need, the Philanthropy Sector in Kenya has come together over the decades through the creation of the East Africa Association of Grantmakers (EAAG) and more recently the Kenya Philanthropy Forum (KPF) and its Data Sub-group. In June 2015 the KPF organized a Philanthropy Data Management convening that brought together over 30 foundations and trusts to explore opportunities for strengthening data collection, management, and sharing data in the philanthropy forum for greater impact and influence on national development efforts in Kenya. As a result, certain outcomes and aspirations were agreed upon. They included:Establishing the principles for data management for philanthropy.Expanding the forum so that participation reflects the size and diversity of existing forms of philanthropy.Developing a standardized tool for data collection.Actively engaging in the existing philanthropy data initiative.Partnering with the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) to establish data sets that effectively capture the contribution of philanthropy in Kenya's development.The June 2015 meeting highlighted the urgent need for philanthropic data and that "Kenya lacks an organized framework for collecting reliable and comparable data on philanthropy in the country." To begin systematically addressing these recommendations, Foundation Center (a philanthropic support organisation based in New York) designed a multi-stage Data Strategy and Capacity Building Program, working in partnership with KPF, EAAG, Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF), and the Sustainable Development Goals Philanthropy Platform (SDGPP). This initiative was kicked off at a special "Data Scoping Meeting" of the KPF on 28 April 2016, attended by a total of 51 participants representing across section of Kenyan foundations, trusts, and support organisations. As reflected in the meeting agenda (see Appendix A), the objectives of the Data Scoping Meeting were as follows:1. Establish principles for collaborative data and knowledge management2. Understand the core data needs of philanthropy in Kenya3. Leverage available technologies for collecting and sharing data and knowledge4. Leverage global knowledge for local purposes5. Identify data challenges and set local goalsThis report summarizes the outcomes of the Data Scoping Meeting and outlines next steps in preparation for a follow-up meeting on Data Capacity Building in the coming months.

Key Facts on Foundations' Public Policy-related Activities

December 1, 2010

The Foundation Center's first report benchmarking the level of engagement of U.S. foundations in policy-related activities reflects an increase in grantmaker support for research, public education, and resources to policymakers in recent years. Key Facts on Foundations' Public Policy-related Activities finds that one-quarter of the more than 1,300 foundations that responded to a survey either fund or are engaged in such activities, with larger foundations far more likely to participate than smaller ones. In fact, more than half of those who engage in public policy-related activities increased their levels of support over the last five years.

Special Topic Trends

Key Facts on Georgia Community Foundations

March 1, 2009

Georgia's 13 community foundations held assets of more than $1.1 billion in 2007 and gave over $104 million, according to Key Facts on Georgia Community Foundations, a report prepared by the Foundation Center and the Nonprofit Studies Program of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. Between 2002 and 2007, there was a 202 percent increase in new gifts into community foundations, indicating their growing popularity as a vehicle for giving.

Regional Trends

Key Facts on Family Foundations 2009

January 1, 2009

The Foundation Center has identified more than 40,200 independent foundations with measurable donor or donor-family involvement. These "family foundations" represent more than half of all independent foundations and account for similar shares of independent foundations' giving, assets, and new gifts and bequests from donors. If all of the nation's family foundations could be identified, these shares would undoubtedly rise.

National Trends

Spotlight on Health Grantmaking in Georgia 2007

May 1, 2007

In 2005, 108 foundations gave $88 million in health grants to Georgia recipients, according to Spotlight on Health Grantmaking in Georgia. This report includes statistical charts and tables based on the Center's annual grants sample and a mini-directory of Georgia-based health funders. It also includes a statistical snapshot of Georgia's health rankings produced by the Healthcare Georgia Foundation.

A Symposium on the Future of Philanthropy: A Conversation with Five Leaders in the Field

November 9, 2006

"A Symposium on the Future of Philanthropy: A Conversation with Five Leaders in the Field" was held as part of the Foundation Center's 50th anniversary celebration on November 9, 2006, at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in New York City.

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