Unsurprisingly, the Foundation Center rather liked my review of their new Philanthropy In/Sight mapping tool. I just got this comment from them:
Thanks so much for your comments on our new mapping tool, Philanthropy In/Sight. We are thrilled that you like it! And we’re hoping that the rest of the field agrees. We encourage your readers to take the guided tour at philanthropyinsight.org.
We’d also like to extend a special three-day free trial offer to Tactical Philanthropy readers! Just e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll respond with an activation code that will get you set up to test drive Philanthropy In/Sight. Our regular free trial is only 24 hours, so to take advantage of this extended period, please contact me!
Meanwhile, I want to add that we are especially interested in getting feedback on the application. We’re hoping to add new features, data sets, and more to Philanthropy In/Sight over the next few months so any suggestions on how to improve it would be very valuable to us. Thanks again!
The Foundation Center
Via Twitter, @btazzi suggested to me that he wished Philanthropy In/Sight had ways to distinguish between the geographic location of a grantee’s offices and the area it served. Without this distinction, the mapping tool reveals where foundations are providing funding rather than where they are achieving impact. This seems to me to be a difficult, but doable, challenge for Philanthropy In/Sight to overcome in later versions. How else might they improve the tool?