Jake Garcia Director of Data Application Development The Foundation Center 79 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10003




Established in 1956 and today supported by close to 550 foundations, the Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level. Thousands of people visit the Center's web site each day and are served in its five library/learning centers and at more than 470 Funding Information Network locations nationwide and around the world.

IATI identifier


Implementation Schedule


Organisations / agencies covered

Grants from large U.S.-based foundations, including: the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Timeliness of Data


Frequency of publication


Frequency of publication (extra comments)


Units of Aid

Grants to non-profits (NGOs)

Segmentation of Published Data

by foundation/grantmaker

Data Definitions and References

Field Exclusions

There are many fields we don't use, because they don't have a direct corollary in the foundation/non-profit world; or, because we're a secondary publisher, we don't necessary have the data (e.g., <budget> and <activity-status>). Also, these data do not include <sector> codes.

Record Exclusions

Foundations who report their data to us can flag any grant that they want excluded from their IATI feed.



Other Constraints


Data Quality

The initial data provided through our IATI feeds come directly from foundations in our hGrant format, with a small amount of additional cleaning and validating. We validate the geographic area served (<recipient-location>), then convert it into the IATI format.

User Interface

Yes, in the near future (2014).

User Interface Website