Get on the Map

Get on the Map – And Get Even More Savvy about Your Grantmaking!

Imagine being able to see who is funding what and where—anywhere in our region, anytime, and with just a few clicks …

Access to accurate, up-to-date grantmaking data is critical to understanding the funding landscape and ensuring that your giving is as effective as it can be. And that’s what this campaign is all about!

The campaign to “Get on the Map” is a partnership between the MCF, the Foundation Center and the United Philanthropy Forum, and has as its mission:

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 be accessible to all MCF 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:

  1. Who else is funding a particular issue in our region?
  2. What organizations are tackling that issue?
  3. Who is working with specific populations in our community?
  4. Who may be natural collaborators?
  5. Where are there gaps in funding?
  6. How much money is collectively going to specific issues or areas in our region?
  7. What are strategies at play?

Just think…What could “anytime-access” to information like this mean for your work?

How does this compare to Minnesota Grantmakers Online previous MCF data gathering?

This partnership with the Foundation Center and the United Philanthropy Forum replaces Minnesota Grantmakers Online. It will give you access to a broader range of data and will allow MCF to bring back popular data reports such as grantmaker rankings.

How do I submit grants data?

Foundation Center’s Updater platform makes it easy to share your grants data in just 3 steps:

  1. Register for an Updater account. (Already have an account? Log in here.)
    Within 24 hours, new registrants will receive an email from Foundation Center with login details. But, in the meantime, let’s get started!
  2. Export a complete list of your most recent grants data in a spreadsheet using the eReporting template.
  3. Once logged into Updater, submit your data in the “Upload Grants” section, AND, earn your reward (read on…).

Which data fields do I need to provide?

The chart below outlines all of the data fields included in the eReporting standard and highlights those that are required and most preferred.

Though organizations are encouraged to share a variety of information about their grants, only eight fields are required and a few more highly encouraged.

Recipient name
Recipient city
Recipient state
Recipient country (if not US)
Grant description
Fiscal year
Grant amount
Grant currency (if not USD)

Highly Recommended

Transaction ID
Recipient address
Recipient postal code
Recipient EIN / international ID
Grant program area
Population(s) served
Geographic area served
Grant duration or grant start/end dates


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?

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

Have questions?

For questions about Get on the Map, contact Foundation Center at

For questions about MCF's involvement and your membership, contact Chris Oien at


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