Giving Common

We believe in the power of data to drive social change.

"We really appreciate the depth of information the Giving Common provides funders and those interested in knowing our organization better... it s a huge resource savings for us."

- The Discovery Museums

The Giving Common is a free, online platform that allows nonprofit organizations to tell their story in their own words in an organized, detailed way.  It guides nonprofits in providing data about their organizations’ financial health, leadership demographics, programs, governance and more. Through their profiles, nonprofits share their stories with donors, funders and the general public.

The Giving Common serves as a due diligence tool for individual and institutional funders: Visitors to the site can search by issue area, geography and other variables to nonprofits with the option to "donate now" by credit card or through a Donor Advised Fund at the Boston Foundation.

Developed by the Boston Foundation in partnership with local funders and nonprofits, The Giving Common was launched in 2012 and is the second largest and fastest growing platform of its kind. With data from more than 1,000 nonprofits so far, The Giving Common is quickly becoming the authoritative resource for nonprofit sector insights in Massachusetts. Powered by GuideStar, the Giving Common saves participating nonprofit organizations time as they can manage their online identity simply by updating their profile at Profiles are shared regularly with more than 200 platforms across the web.

Nonprofit organizations seeking funding from the Boston Foundation are required to have an up-to-date Giving Common profile.

For questions or to request a Giving Common profile, please email us or call 617-338-1624.