We’re pleased to announce today’s launch of a new, free course for grantmakers, “Funding Smarter: Using Candid Tools to Inform and Share Your Foundation’s Work.” This two-hour, online course—which you can take at your own pace—will show you how to use Candid’s tools to:
- find aggregate and trend funding data about the fields in which you work,
- identify funding connections and gaps,
- identify potential peers and partners,
- discover and learn from what your funding peers are doing,
- improve what is known about your foundation’s work, and
- streamline your due-diligence practices.
To give you a taste of the course, we’ve included a clip below on how to use Foundation Maps to identify potential grantees.
To enroll in the course or learn more about it, head on over to the course page on Candid Learning.
Search for recipients
For our next example, we’re going to learn how to use Foundation Maps to identify potential grantees. In this example, our foundation has a short track record of funding racial equity focused work, and we have a small portfolio of grantees working against racism and discrimination affecting communities of color. I’d like to use the Funding Map to identify other potential grantees, not already in our network.
So let’s browse the subject to see where we can find anti-discrimination efforts. When we open the human rights menu, we see there’s an anti-discrimination option there. And, then we have several different categories, one of which is ethnic and racial minority rights, so let’s mark that and filter by that subject heading.
And, then from here, we can start exploring the list to get a sense nationally of who the leading recipient organizations are.
We can sort by the number of grants to see who is doing the most grant funded activity in this area.
And, then from here, you can start drilling down into the grants detail to get a sense of the kinds of activities and efforts these organizations are engaged in to determine if there’s an alignment with your portfolio’s approach.
You can also quickly see who has funded these grants so you can reach out to funding colleagues to learn more from peer experience.