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Free mapping tool tracks philanthrophically-funded media projects

Free mapping tool tracks philanthrophically-funded media projects

A free interactive mapping and research tool has launched that shows the full scope of philanthropically-funded media projects worldwide since 2009.

The tool, Foundation Maps for Media Funding, has been developed by Foundation Center, and is available on the Media Impact Funders’ website. It gives users access to the numbers, networks and trends surrounding media and philanthropy.

Foundation Maps for Media Funding is a follow up to an earlier data map, updated taxonomy, and report, Growth in Foundation Support for Media in the United States, released in 2013 and features:

  • Grants from 2009 to present, with comprehensive data through 2013
  • Greatly expanded data with global reach
  • Improved search options and filters
  • Downloadable information and charts
  • “Constellation” tool to visualize relationships between funders, grantees, and grants

The data in the map has been collected in a number of ways, from Foundation Center’s databases, which are comprised of grants information received directly from foundations or collected from their IRS Forms 990 and 990-PF; and from foundation websites and other public sources.

Vince Stehle, executive director of Media Impact Funders, said:

“Media is one of the most powerful tools for social change, and philanthropy is using media to address pressing global challenges in remarkable and diverse ways. Whether supporting mobile banking platforms to address global poverty, strategic communications to address healthcare disparities, or documentary film on critical environmental issues, media is at the nexus of funders’ work, and this new map shows how central media has become to a broad network of philanthropic strategies across all funding areas.”

Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via

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