As philanthropy increasingly seeks to advance equity in all communities, it needs to understand the demographics of the organizations being funded (and declined), the people being served, and the communities impacted.
Less than half of grantmakers collect demographic data and even fewer report out intended beneficiaries of specific grants. California hosts several initiatives to improve both data collection and analysis but there remain many myths and barriers that prevent funders from truly making meaning of this data especially across foundations.
Visualizing California Philanthropy, an initiative of Candid in partnership with Philanthropy California, helps to centralize and visualize information about who is benefiting from the investments made in California. But it requires commitment from foundations to participate in both collecting and sharing their data to ensure that the field has the most accurate data to rely on.
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