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March 16, 2015 / Rebekah Seder, Editor

Why We’re Getting on the Map: The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region

A few weeks ago, Tamara Copeland asked WRAG members to “get on the map” by sharing their grants data with the Foundation Center. That data will populate WRAG’s Foundation Maps platform, an interactive, searchable mapping tool for members that will visualize philanthropy in the Greater Washington region. Rick Moyers recently explained how having this data readily accessible will enable the Meyer Foundation to more thoughtfully and strategically collaborate with their colleagues, making them more effective grantmakers.

We’re excited to report that the list of funders getting on the map by electronically reporting their grants data to the Foundation Center is growing. One of the latest foundations to participate is The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region.

Here’s why they’re getting on the map, according to Angela Jones Hackley, Interim President:

“The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region is happy to be able to support this initiative to improve the quality and timeliness of data for the region’s philanthropic community. As the biggest grantmaker in the region in terms of giving, it’s critical that our data is on the map and available to our funding colleagues.”

According to Benton Murphy, Senior Director of Philanthropic Services and a “self-professed data nerd,”

“Having timely data on philanthropy in the region will help us be more strategic in our grantmaking, helping us see where great work is already happening and may be primed for partnership opportunities. I’m also excited that it will help demonstrate the impact and reach of CFNCR’s and our donors’ funding in communities around the region!”


WRAG Members: Learn more about the Get on the Map campaign and the Foundation Maps platform on our website. For more info on e-reporting and a demo of the platform, register for the next how-to webinar on April 9. Don’t want to wait that long to get on the map? Check out a recording of the last webinar. Questions? Contact Rebekah Seder.

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