Collaborating for Data Sharing: The Story of One Funders Group
When funders get together to connect, talk and build relationships with one another, big things can happen. Consider, for example, this analysis of over $14 million awarded to nonprofits in Frederick County, Maryland, along with a growing understanding of how local giving relates to community needs.
About five years ago, a group of funders in Frederick County, Maryland realized we were all using the same grants management system: Foundant Grant Lifecycle Manager, or GLM. As a result, we started meeting every other month to talk about the system, and how we could leverage this shared technology to streamline grant applications for local grantseekers.
The working group is made up of lean funders in our area:
- Delaplaine Foundation, Inc.
- Frederick County Government
- The Ausherman Family Foundation
- The Community Foundation of Frederick County
- The Helen J. Serini Foundation
- The Kahlert Foundation
- The United Way of Frederick County
However, the data project includes grantmaking data from more organizations in the area.
Source: Exponent Philanthropy written by Kerry McHugh