Analysis, Visualisation & Dissemination

We have an in-house data science team to interrogate the data that we oversee. Underpinned by our “useful trumps interesting” mantra, we’re driven to ensure that our findings have real-world applications.

ICDA Not-for-Profit Governance Roadmap 2020

Following a year-long research project into governance practices in the not-for-profit sector, we compiled the major findings collected from the aggregate responses, and published a roadmap for the sector, including action points.

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You can read the full report below:

Numbers show LGBTIQ+ funding falls short

Our new report on LGBTIQ+ funding in Australia, published in the form of an interactive data graphic, paints a bleak picture of the state of funding for rainbow communities. Using data collected on SmartyGrants, the report reveals that only 0.07% of federal government grants are going towards LGBTIQ+ causes. This number is similarly low for local and state governments: 0.37% and 0.10%, respectively.

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Donor preferences on GiveNow

An analysis of $100m in donations to online platform GiveNow since 2001 shows women give more often, but men chip in larger amounts.

The study also revealed gender differences in the causes we support; for example, women are three times more likely as men to give to animal welfare causes, while men are twice as likely as women to donate to gay and lesbian causes.

Learn more about the study here. You can also view a state-based breakdown below.

How generous is your state?

Who Gives?

In 2016 we conducted an in-depth review of donation data in our GiveNow platform and launched Who Gives?, a ground-breaking report that can be used by community groups to inform their fundraising strategies.

The analysis of more than half a million donations over 15 years allowed us to uncover emerging trends in donation patterns, as well as sector-specific and gender-specific donation patterns that not-for-profits can use to tailor their approach.

Grants in Australia research project

Our yearly Grants in Australia report combines the analytical prowess of our data science team with the deep grantmaking domain knowledge in our organisation, allowing us to chart historical trends and create practical takeaways for grantmakers.

The survey has also enabled us to develop a useful benchmarking tool for grantseekers, allowing them to compare themselves to organisations by size, sector and state (see example to the right). To access the the benchmarking tool, you must be a member of the Funding Centre.

Download the latest Grants in Australia report →