PFC Webinar: Opening Data for the Greater Good

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
1:00 – 2:00 pm ET

2016 is shaping up to be the year that Canadian Foundations joined the “open” movement. Foundations and government grantmakers are increasingly adopting open data policies with the aim of mobilizing all of their resources for transformative change. Participants will learn about the steps that Canadian grantmakers are taking to share their digital information. They will also discover the global context of those emerging practices, and hear directly from grantmakers who are opening up their data to drive funder collaboration, innovation, and improved decision-making.

For an overview of some of these foundations’ “open” policies and projects, see Powered by Data’s recent blog on the subject.

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Non-members must pay a fee of $51 in order to confirm their registration. If you are unable to attend but wish to access the materials (including a recording of the webinar itself), please register and pay and these will be sent to you by e-mail following the webinar.

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Michael Lenczner, Director, Powered by Data

Michael Lenczner has been working in nonprofit technology since 1999. In 2010 he founded Ajah, a Montreal-based company that develops online tools for fundraisers. In 2013, Ajah created Powered by Data, a nonprofit initiative that works with funders and government agencies to improve the availability of useful information in the nonprofit sector. Michael currently splits his time between Ajah and Powered by Data, which is now hosted on Tides Canada shared platform.



Mariana Catz, Chief Operating Officer, Ontario Trillium Foundation

Mariana brings over 20 years of experience as a transformational leader in the not for profit, and private sectors having worked nationally and internationally. A local and global thought leader with demonstrated success in leading organizations towards high performance and innovation. She was instrumental in OTF’s new granting methodology launched in 2015 as well as the Foundation’s Open Data initiative. The new approach she co-developed is the world’s largest evidence-based granting scheme. Grants are directly connected through a complex multi-layered methodology to the Canadian Index of Wellbeing. OTF’s granting is now completely paperless, open data enabled and supports evidence-based decision making. With a renewed focus on business impact and grant making excellence, her role supports ongoing learning and accountability within OTF and she leads a team to ensure analysis is carried out to “measure and demonstrate the impact of OTF”.