This report highlights the key outcomes of the Building a Collective Philanthropy Data System Workshop held in Nairobi on April 6, 2017, the third in a series of workshops conducted over the past year in Kenya as part of the Data Strategy and Capacity Building Program, a joint effort led by East Africa Association of Grantmakers (EAAG), Kenya Philanthropy Forum, and Foundation Center in partnership with the Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF), SDG Philanthropy Platform, and more than 40 Kenyan philanthropic organizations. The program aims to strengthen the capacity of foundations and trusts to collect, analyze, and share reliable data to highlight the value of Kenyan philanthropy to national development outcomes, facilitate philanthropic collaboration, and inform grantmaking and programmatic decisions.
The workshop was held to move the program forward from knowledge sharing and strategy development to implementation. It sought to solidify agreements made during the first year of the program and was focused on the development of a prototype data portal on Kenyan philanthropy. The partners agreed on which data are shareable at this time and outlined the structure of the data portal. Having agreement on what information to share and how to structure it was crucial at this point in the process, as it will serve as a framework for data collection and to make sure the data that will ultimately be shared is contextually relevant and applicable. Further, the partners continued to develop the strategy for implementation over the medium term and agreed on partner roles and concrete next steps.