Philanthropy is a cornerstone of the U.S. Nonprofit Sector. However, little is known about the complete funding network of foundations and grantees, its structural characteristics, and how it has changed over time. To help fill this gap, we are extracting 10 years of IRS Form 990 data from every nonprofit organization that files with the IRS (~1 million organizations per year). Then, we are using natural language processing to match the foundation data with the grantee data to construct the first-ever longitudinal foundation-grantee network of the U.S. Nonprofit Sector from 2011 to 2021. This project is enabling researchers, foundation leaders, and nonprofit professionals to:
1) better understand the scope and scale of charitable activity in the U.S.,
2) track the sources and distribution of funding, and
3) reveal how philanthropy both redistributes resources and reproduces inequality.
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To learn more details about this project or to work with Brad R. Fulton, please contact him below.