Open data, grantmaking and philanthropy, with Rachel Rank

12 June 2018

Rhod chats to Rachel Rank, CEO of 360Giving an initiative promoting and supporting an Open Data approach among UK grantmakers. Topics covered include:

  • The background and rationale to 360Giving
  • What challenges has 360Giving faced in terms of getting grantmakers to adopt an open data approach?
  • How are organisations using the information that is being published?
  • Where does the work of 360Giving fit within the wider move towards open data and transparency?
  • What is the potential for applying new techniques and tools such as machine learning to the data being opened up on grantmaking?
  • Will there be new challenges when it comes to making data more accessible in the light of GDPR and the growing unease about data privacy and usage?

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The Giving Thought podcast is an exploration of trends in global philanthropy and civil society.  Since launching in May 2017, the podcast has become recognised as an insightful and influential source of philanthropic debate. 

In each episode Rhodri Davies, Director of our Giving Thought Think Tank, and guests, take a contemporary issue in philanthropy and civil society and break it down into three manageable chunks, giving an overview of the extensive work they have done on the subject.  Episodes are also available free on iTunes and Libsyn.

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Rhodri Davies

Rhodri Davies

Head of Policy

Rhodri leads Giving Thought, our in-house think tank focusing on current and future issues affecting philanthropy and civil society. Rhodri has spent nearly a decade specialising in public policy around philanthropy and the work of charities, and has researched, written and presented on a wide range of topics. He has a first-class degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from the University of Oxford.   Read more about Rhodri



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