About

This dashboard provides an at-a-glance overview of institutional philanthropy for the State of Massachusetts.


Acknowledgements

This effort is part of the campaign to “Get on the Map,” which is a national partnership between Candid, United Philanthropy Forum, and Philanthropy Massachusetts to improve the quality and availability of public data about Massachusetts philanthropy.


Data

All data in this dashboard is sourced from Candid’s databases of philanthropic information. Each tab in the dashboard contains a distinct subset of these databases as described below.

Tab 1: Foundation Overview

Foundation-level data found in the “Foundations Overview” section includes all non-terminated independent, corporate, community, and operating foundations, as well as select grantmaking public charities. Sources of data for these foundations include IRS information returns (Form 990-PF for private organizations, Form-990 for community foundations), and foundation reports. Assets are stated at market value. Total giving amount includes grants, scholarships, and employee matching gifts; it does not include all qualifying distributions, e.g., loans, PRIs, set-asides, and program or other administrative expenses.

Tab 2: Foundation Giving Priorities

Grants-level data found in the “Foundation Giving Priorities” section comes from Candid’s Foundation Maps database of all publishable grants, foundation administered programs, program-related investments, and grants to individuals. These data points update weekly based on available information; totals for the most recent years will likely change as new grants are added to the database. Sources of grants data include IRS information returns (like IRS Form-990 and Form 990-PF) and information reported directly to Candid through the Electronic Reporting Program from private and public grantmaking foundations in Massachusetts. These grants are indexed according to the Philanthropy Classification System (PCS) which structures the data available in the grant details along the issue, population, and strategy focuses of the grant.

Available grants data percentage represents the completeness of the data available for a given year relative to the known amount of total giving for the year. Comparisons to earlier data points should only be done after at least 50% of the total giving is represented by the aggregate grants data.

Lags in information flows between the IRS and Candid can delay information up to 18-24 months after a foundation submits their tax return. Candid is committed to sharing data as soon as it is available. In order to improve the completeness of the data available for your region, please consider submitting your grants directly through the Electronic Reporting Program. Email egrants@foundationcenter.org for more information.

Tabs 3 & 4: Giving to Massachusetts

Grants-level data found in the “Non-Massachusetts Foundations Giving to Massachusetts” and “Overall Giving to Massachusetts” sections comes from Candid’s Foundation Maps database of all publishable grants, foundation administered programs, program-related investments, and grants to individuals awarded to recipients located in Massachusetts to provide an overview of funding flowing into the state. These data points update weekly based on available information; totals for the most recent years will likely change as new grants are added to the database. Sources of grants data include IRS information returns (like IRS Form-990 and Form 990-PF) and information reported directly to Candid through the Electronic Reporting Program from private and public grantmaking foundations.

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