Welcome to the Simplify Knowledge Center

The Simplify Initiative focuses on increasing awareness and adoption of data sharing and process improvement tools that simplify grants management for funders and grantees… MORE




  • JUNE 22, 2017 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM CST Poney Carpenter to do a Simplify Initiative Presentation at the TAG Midwest Regional Gathering in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • MAY 3, 2017 1:00 – 3:00 PM EST Poney Carpenter to hold “Office Hours” where anyone can drop-in with questions related to the tools we support

Tools for Sharing Nonprofit Data

DataArts brings together thousands of partners and participants united in one common cause: to advance the impact and influence of the arts, culture, and humanities through the power of high-quality data.

Grant applications are automatically populated with GuideStar Nonprofit Profile information. This process uses GuideStar’s central database of nonprofit information to eliminate the repetitive elements of grant applications and enable more efficient grantmaking and grantseeking.

BRIDGE assigns a unique identification number, known as a BRIDGE Number, to individual social sector entities around the world, including non-governmental organizations, programs, and projects and to other social sector entities, such as schools and churches.

Tools for Funder Process Improvements

Conduct pre-grant due diligence, using the only product that is 100% compliant with all IRS requirements for determining a nonprofit’s eligibility to receive tax deductible contributions.

NGOsource aims to dramatically improve the efficiency of international grantmaking and inspire a significant increase in cross-border philanthropy by centralizing, streamlining, and standardizing the equivalency determination process for U.S. grantmakers.

Financial SCANS helps you better understand or communicate a nonprofit’s financial health and resource needs. It combines GuideStar’s IRS Forms 990 data and Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) expert analysis in an easy-to-use tool with shareable formats that bring insight to financial information and support mission-driven decisions.

digitalIMPACT.io helps you learn from and share with others. The materials are provided as examples to inform your decision-making, organizational practice, and policy creation.

Tools for Sharing Funder Data

The hGrant format allows recently-published grants information to be pulled directly from funders’ websites or feeds and made available to the general public through the grants list, funding map or API available on Glasspockets.org.

Foundations use a common standard to code grants by geographic area served. The resulting interactive map provides an ever-growing picture of the philanthropic landscape.

Unlock the knowledge you need to understand the field, make strategic choices, and strengthen your impact. Bring philanthropy data to life with beautiful visuals for your presentations, board meetings, and annual reports. Map your network to discover new points of connection.