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Larry McGill

Larry McGill is vice president for research at the Foundation Center.
Data for Good

Data for Good

What Can Data Do for Philanthropy? So, on top of everything else, foundations are supposed to compile and maintain data on their activities? And share it with other foundations? And perhaps even make it public? And do all of this willingly, because it will make philanthropy more effective? It is up to foundations to decide whether or not to do this, but it is becoming clearer every day that the answer is being thrust upon them, whether foundations are ready or not. It is impossible to escape the notion that we have entered the world of “Big Data.” The financial