Get on the Map

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

Get on the map and give smarter!

Get on the Map is an exciting data-sharing initiative designed to dramatically improve the quality and availability of giving data for our region. Put your grantmaking in context to gain insights that will transform your giving.

Imagine real-time answers to questions like: 

  • How are others serving at-risk youth?
  • Are organizations in our region receiving enough capacity building support?
  • Who else funds economic development in our rural communities?

It all starts with YOU sharing your giving data!

Your data will power valuable resources for your organization and our region including:

  1. Your OWN grant mapReceive an interactive map that visualizes your organization’s grantmaking. 
  2. Regional mapExplore a custom Minnesota-specific version of Foundation Maps to see your giving in context with your peers.
  3. Regional dashboardAccess a dynamically-updating giving dashboard that visualizes our most current giving priorities, populations served, and strategies.
  4. Giving reportStarting in 2020, MCF will bring back our Giving in Minnesota report and grantmaker rankings for the state.


Plus, when you share your data, you control your story. No one knows your grantmaking better than you. Tell your story, your way. And, that means, it’s good for the sector. Better information benefits everyone but it begins with YOU!  Join the community of funders sharing their data to ensure the field has the best information to act on.

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 to share your 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…).

As soon as Foundation Center processes your data, you’ll receive your own interactive giving map!

Take your Updater profile to the next level!

While you are in Updater, take a few extra minutes to verify and update the information that Foundation Center is publishing about you. You not only ensure that your good work is showcased accurately, but that the field has the best information to act on.

Foundation Center Updater allows you to share a wealth of information about your organization, including: 

  • Basic Information: Organization name, address, phone number, and website
  • Work Categories: Your issue areas, geographic focus, target populations,
    and more
  • Fiscal Data: Current financial information (e.g., assets, expenses, giving, etc.)
  • People: Key officers, trustees and staff
  • Grant Applications: Deadlines, funding requirements and more
  • Programs: Detailed info on your direct program work
  • Grants: A list of your latest grants following our eReporting program guidelines




Have more 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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