Share Your Grants Data with Candid to Provide a Complete Picture of Southern Philanthropy

By Stephen Sherman

As a partner on the Get on the Map campaign, Philanthropy Southeast works with Candid to promote data sharing in the philanthropic sector. Candid recently launched its annual data collection campaign, and we invite our members to join this effort by sharing grants data through the eReporting program.

By sharing your grants data with Candid, your organization will help inform resources like the Southern Trends Report and interactive tools like Foundation Maps. Candid data is also helping us track the philanthropic response to COVID-19 and funding to advance racial equity. These resources are used daily by your peers to assess gaps in funding, seek out potential partners, and determine where and how to target their investments.

Your participation is also critical to ensuring that researchers, sector leaders, policymakers, and others have the most complete and accurate picture of Southern philanthropy’s contributions. Delays in IRS processing of Forms 990-PF have made eReporting an even more vital source of current data on foundation grantmaking. Sharing your grants data directly with Candid also offers the opportunity to add enhanced descriptors that ensure grants are presented accurately in Candid’s many resources. We need your help to provide the full picture of philanthropy in our region.

If your organization is already an eReporting partner, thank you! You should have received instructions from Candid for reporting FY21 and FY22 data. Please remember to share your data by June 30, 2022.

If your organization is new to eReporting, it’s easy to share your grants data. You can follow the instructions on this page, or simply email your grants data to

As an added benefit, organizations that participate in eReporting receive an interactive map that visualizes their foundation’s grantmaking (see a sample here). Grants data is also incorporated into our regional giving map, available exclusively to Philanthropy Southeast members.


Want to learn more about eReporting?

Candid is offering an introductory webinar for interested funders on Thursday, April 21st. See more details below and register here to attend.

Why & How to Share Your Grants Data with Candid

When: April 21, 2022, 2:00pm ET / 1:00pm CT

Whether you already share your grants data with Candid or are considering joining the more than 1000 funders who do, join us to get the latest on our eReporting program. We’ll break down why and how to share grants data so that the story of your organization's grantmaking is accurately told - from the issues you support to the populations you serve. We'll also guide you

through some Candid resources where this data gets put to use to benefit the sector.

Candid will also be hosting virtual office hours for funders who might have specific questions about sharing grants data. No advance registration is needed – just join this Zoom meeting at the scheduled date and time.

Do you have questions about sharing grants data?

When: April 28, 2022, 3:00pm ET / 2:00pm CT

Candid will host an open “office hour” session for funders who have questions about sharing grants data, such as: “How do I code my grants data for population served? How do I report on grants to fiscally sponsored projects?”. This is a casual “drop in” session, so feel free to ask a question and leave -- or hang out for the hour to listen, learn, and watch what happens! If you’d like to submit a question or comment beforehand, please email        

For additional information, visit the Candid website or contact Stephen Sherman, Director of Research and Data, at


For Your Grantees: Go for the Gold

Candid is extending a special offer to small nonprofits with less than $500,000 in revenue or expenses. Nonprofits that earn a 2022 Candid Gold Seal can qualify for one year of free access to Foundation Directory Essential, a resource to help grantseeking organizations find detailed information on potential funders. See offer details here.


Stephen Sherman is Philanthropy Southeast's director of research and data.


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