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129 New Grants Added to WASHfunders

In the first data refresh since WASHfunders’ launch on October 19, 2011, 129 new grants have been added to the site’s funding map. These grant monies were awarded between 2009 and 2011 by 40 foundations to nearly 100 unique organizations and represent more than $48 million in funding for WASH projects globally. Newly added grants can be easily viewed by clicking on the “new additions” option on the funding map.

The Foundation Center’s grants database is updated on an ongoing basis, as new grants information becomes available and is coded by the Center’s indexing staff. Grants information is collected through a variety of means, including from foundations themselves via quarterly electronic grant reporting (the Center’s mechanism for obtaining the most current and complete information about foundation grantmaking) and from IRS forms. In addition, as the Foundation Center expands its global reach, new grants from foundations outside the U.S. are regularly being added to the database.

In fact, five of the 40 foundations represented among the new grants are foundations outside of the U.S. For example, the Pro Victimis Foundation, based in Switzerland, awarded six grants totaling more than $630,000 in support of clean water projects, including projects in Guatemala and El Salvador. The King Baudouin Foundation, based in Belgium, awarded 14 grants for WASH efforts, amounting to more than $540,000.

Moving forward, grants data will be updated on a monthly basis, so keep making those return visits to WASHfunders to see where foundations are directing their grant dollars.

As always, if you don’t see your grants represented or if you have any feedback for us, send us a note at washfunders@foundationcenter.org.

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