Monthly Archives: June 2014

Hype, hope, help? A perspective on open grantmaking data

What will the growing enthusiasm for open data do for research on the voluntary and community sector? There’s a lot of hope, but I wonder whether there’s also a fair bit of hype; the results may be opaque as much as they are open.

There’s growing support for 360 Degree Giving’s ambition that 80% of grants awarded by UK charitable foundations and other funders are reported as open data. The Nominet Trust and NCVO are enthusiastically backing this. Some funders are publishing their award data already. What can we learn from their grants data? And what do we need to know?

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One hundred years of philanthropists

It’s now a century since Robert Tressell’s The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists was first published. In following the fortunes of men working in the construction and painting trades in the fictional town of Mugsborough, Tressell shows clearly how the true “philanthropists” in society are in fact the workers. Continue reading One hundred years of philanthropists