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The New Strategy Landscape Tool: Monitor Institute and The Center for Effective Philanthropy Join Forces to Scale Data Visualization Tools - A Potential
Monitor Institute and The Center for Effective Philanthropy

October, 2010

Monitor Institute and the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) today announced a joint venture to bring a new data visualization tool, created with support from the Rockefeller Foundation, to the field of philanthropy.
Given the scale and complexity of the challenges foundations face, funders increasingly need to look beyond their organizations to other stakeholders—both in philanthropy and across sectors—to mobilize sufficient resources and efforts to move the needle on pressing social problems. Yet working together remains a challenge; simply knowing what other funders are supporting can require time‐consuming research, meetings, and calls.
In response to the lack of easily accessible and comprehensible data about the strategies different funders are pursuing, the Monitor Institute and CEP are partnering to scale Monitor Institute’s Strategy Landscape™. 
The Strategy Landscape is an online interactive visualization tool, developed by Monitor Institute with support from the Rockefeller Foundation as part of their initiative to accelerate innovative practices in the social sector. After initial pilots using the Rockefeller Foundation’s own strategies, the tool was piloted with a group of 10 climate change funders. The tool allows users to easily see and understand grantmaking strategies and patterns within and across institutions so they can make better decisions in pursuit of their goals. 
“It has the potential to be a real game-changer for the field,” explains John Branam, director of programs at Grantmakers for Education, which is exploring ways to use the tool to map education funding flows. By sharing data through the tool, funders can understand gaps, opportunities, and possibilities for connection, coordination, and collaboration — helping inform their decision making and increase their effectiveness.
“The Strategy Landscape™ can help foundations and donors make individual strategic choices with a clearer understanding of what is happening around them, and can provide a shared picture of the collective funding environment that allows groups of funders to strategize and work better together,”  said Barbara Kibbe, vice president for client services at the Monitor Institute.  “We are delighted that the Center for Effective Philanthropy will be our partner in delivering the Strategy Landscape™ to the field. They have the skills and commitment needed.  And they have a decade of experience in building large comparative datasets on foundation practices.”
Monitor Institute and CEP will work together over the coming months to collaborate with groups of funders that have common goals and seek to share data and increase the transparency of their grantmaking strategies. Those funders will then be able to access that data in ways that will allow them to refine and improve their approaches in a highly leveraged way.
“We are thrilled to work with the Monitor Institute to help scale the Strategy Landscape™,” said CEP President Phil Buchanan.  “Too often, we see foundation executives making decisions in the dark, without access to relevant data about what other funders are doing, and why.”
Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation, noted that “the Rockefeller Foundation is pleased to have supported the development of the Strategy Landscape™. We are delighted now to see Monitor Institute and the Center for Effective Philanthropy working in partnership to make this tool broadly available.”

Strategy Landscape Tool

In response to the lack of easily accessible and comprehensible data about the strategies different funders are pursuing, the Monitor Institute and CEP are partnering to scale Monitor Institute’s Strategy Landscape™. 

The Strategy Landscape is an online interactive visualization tool, developed by Monitor Institute with support from the Rockefeller Foundation as part of their initiative to accelerate innovative practices in the social sector. After initial pilots using the Rockefeller Foundation’s own strategies, the tool was piloted with a group of 10 climate change funders. The tool allows users to easily see and understand grantmaking strategies and patterns within and across institutions so they can make better decisions in pursuit of their goals. 

A demonstration of the tool is available on Monitor Institute's website.

Monitor Institute and CEP are seeking to collaborate with groups of funders that have common goals and seek to share data and increase the transparency of their grantmaking strategies. These funders will then be able to access that data in ways that will allow them to refine and improve their approaches in a highly leveraged way. To learn more about the tool, please contact Kevin Bolduc at 614-492-0800 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              614-492-0800      end_of_the_skype_highlighting ext. 202.

ABOUT MONITOR INSTITUTE
Monitor Institute’s mission is to help innovative leaders develop and achieve sustainable solutions to significant social and environmental problems. The Institute works with our clients and partners to utilize best practice and invent next practice in three interrelated and sometimes overlapping ways: consulting, experimenting, and knowledge building. We learn from and with our clients and partners and then hope to serve a much larger number of leaders by making what we know widely available.
For more information on the Institute’s work, including our services, research, and publication, visit www.monitorinstitute.com.
ABOUT THE CENTER FOR EFFECTIVE PHILANTHROPY
The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to provide data and create insight so philanthropic funders can better define, assess, and improve their effectiveness and impact. CEP received initial funding in 2001 and has offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts and San Francisco, California. For more information on CEP's work, including its research, publications, and assessment tools, see www.effectivephilanthropy.org.


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