October 15, 2013

How Big Data Are Changing Philanthropy

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In this episode of Social Good, Bradford K. Smith, president of the Foundation Center, highlights foundations that are doing more to share information and data—and how that openness is helping foundations and their grantees better achieve their missions.

Big-data projects such as, which merges data from foundations that seek to solve water problems around the world, are making it easier for grant makers and nonprofits to figure out the best ways to work together.

Allison Fine, a nonprofit leader and expert on technology and communications, discusses how charities and foundations can more effectively use social-media tools to spread their messages and raise money. Ms. Fine incorporates suggestions and questions from readers into her podcasts and invites you to e-mail her at Look for new installments on the first Thursday of every month.