Get on the Map: Sharing Data to Strengthen Philanthropy

Imagine being able to see who is funding what and where -- anywhere in Iowa, with just a few clicks.

Access to accurate, up-to-date grantmaking data is critical to understanding the funding landscape and ensuring that giving is as effective as it can be. In partnership with the Foundation Center and the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, the Iowa Council of Foundations invites you, our members, to Get on the Map to improve the quality, timeliness, and availability of rich grant data — for and about funders in our region. And it all starts with you—sharing your current grants data.

If I share my data, what's in it for me?

When you share your data, you'll be making a powerful contribution to Foundation Maps, a highly interactive, searchable mapping platform from Foundation Center that will visualize members' grantmaking in Iowa and be accessible to all ICoF members. But, it's all about participation. Only when our community of funders commits to sharing data will the Foundation Maps platform reach its full potential as a powerful source of accurate, up-to-date answers to questions like.....

  • What organizations are tackling that issue? 
  • Who else is working with specific populations in our community? 
  • Who may be natural collaborators? 
  • Where are there gaps in funding? What strategies are at play? 
  • Who else is funding a particular issue in our region?
As a thank you for sharing your data, you'll also get access to a custom version of Foundation Maps that reflects your individual organization's grantmaking activity. Once you see it, picture it populated with the data from hundreds of your fellow funders as well. Starting to see the possibilities? Just think...What could easy and immediate access to information like this mean for your work?

Click here to review the "Get on the Map!" most frequently asked questions (FAQs).

How do I get on the map?

There are just two steps to submitting your grants data using the eGrant Format.

1. Export a complete list of your most recent grants in Excel. Most grants management software platforms offer a pre-formatted export function that pulls the necessary data into an Excel file automatically. To find video instructions for your platform, click here. 

If you don't use one of the listed software systems, simply export a complete list of your most recently-awarded grants into the Foundation Center's Excel template. 

Click here for information on the fields included in the eReporting standard. 

2. Email your report to 

Get on the map today! Click here for more information on how to share your data.

Want more details?

Click here to view a webinar recording detailing how-to "Get on the Map!".

Contact Laura Sauser at or 515-989-1188.