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Overview

As the philanthropy movement grows stronger, there is value in collectively sharing and managing relevant data to:
• Inform collaborations.
• Support decision making.
• Learn from and exchange with similar organizations.
• Demonstrate philanthropy’s contribution to national development for better policy engagement.


Background

Philanthropy’s actual contribution to national development is unknown. Such a critical knowledge gap reinforces the real need for data in, for, and by the sector to help actors quantify their contribution, compare information, and learn from each other.
 
Over the past 2 years, philanthropic sector has made great strides in realizing a national data management and capacity building strategy. The strategy provides for agreed upon elements for designing a long term capacity building plan to support foundations and trusts in data management and as a result design a comprehensive data and knowledge management system. The process is documented in this document.
 
With the facilitation of Foundation Center as the technical partner and through respective national philanthropy forums in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, EAPN launched the East Africa Philanthropy Portal – an online platform that would regularly capture and analyze reliable data on philanthropy organisations. The portal is currently accessible to organisations that have agreed to share data and provides information on funding trends, programme strategies, best practices while painting a picture of the contribution of philanthropy in national development in the respective countries.

Benefits

Collective sharing and management of philanthropy data For Organisations: Credible, accurate and timely data on philanthropy.
• User friendly and interactive data collection tool.
• Informed partnerships and collaborations.
• Minimizes and bridges knowledge gaps.
• Reduces duplication of efforts and saves resources.
• Informed decisions on interventions and funding.
• Improved coordination and collaboration among philanthropy actors.
• Informs annual trend analysis of philanthropy and enhances visibility of participating organisations. For the Sector.
• Paint picture of philanthropy’s significance to national development.
• Provides accurate data to support strategic policy engagements.
• Advances true narrative of local philanthropy in the region.
• Provide a knowledge point on philanthropy in East Africa.
 
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Need for collective data management

The data strategy and subsequent portal seek to address data challenges and collectively agreed upon needs:
• Limited capacity for data collection and sharing in respect to human capacity.
• Infrastructure and funding.
• Low level of collaboration in data collection, management and sharing.
• Lack of standardized tools for collecting, analyzing, and visualizing philanthropy data in line with existing national data systems.


Addressing the needs!

To address these needs and challenges, the partners agreed on the following steps:
• Promote a culture of data management and sharing.
• Build capacity for philanthropy data management among actors in Kenya.
• Develop standardized approaches for data collection and sharing.
• Establish tools and processes for a common data portal for philanthropy that is comparable, easy to interpret and visualize.


1. Guiding Values and Principles
The development of the portal is guided by a set of agreed principles and values defined in 4 consultative forums, which focused on the followings:

2. Data Sets
The chart below provides a snippet of the need of data categories (both profile, programme, financial and relevant report) required in filling the template

 


3. The Bigger Picture
Philanthropy Data Charter that stipulates universally agreed upon principles of collective data management. The process is also designed to leverage on national and global philanthropy development data initiatives.
The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD)
 
Global Philanthropy Data Charter

4. Data Portal Development Process