BIG Online America Version 3.0 - Enhancements Summary

BIG Advanced Search

We've upgraded to a powerful, yet easy to use new search engine that will allow our subscribers to identify more funding opportunities for their organizations.

Advanced, field based searching produces more relevant search results. Searches can be conducted by funder organization name, location, recipient name, director. In addition, the advanced search options allow even more searching power and flexibility.

Highlighted search results

Search results are now highlighted, making it easier for subscribers to find the information they're searching for. Additionally, words RELATED to the search term are also highlighted if advanced search options are used. For example, searching for "YMCA" will also automatically find and highlight Young Men's Christian Association.

Geographic Giving Analysis

Grants information has been organized geographically in funder profiles, allowing subscribers to access all granting information for a particular area via point-and-click on a US map interface.

For example, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation giving map looks like:

Advanced "Data Visualization" capability

Pie-charts illuminate foundation giving by area of interest, number of grants, value of grants, grant averages and grant maximums.  These new tools remove the guesswork that is usually necessary in determining the size of grant to request.

Users can further "drill-down" on the specific giving category in the pie-chart to view a list of grants.

Granting Analysis

Enhanced individual foundation summary profiles contain full grant analysis information in table format including total number and value of grant amounts as well as minimum, maximum and average granting by funding area (arts & culture, education, health, community, religion, human services, sports & recreation, international giving, environment)

The following example is taken from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation profile:

Funder News

Over 4,500 news sources are scanned daily for granting news related to the over 35,000 funders in BIG Online. These news "abstracts" are available through the funder's BIG Online profile. A unique and valuable resource that keeps subscribers abreast of the latest information.  

Fully Searchable IRS Form 990PF

All foundations now include a link to their latest IRS Form 990PF. Unlike other sources, BIG Online has "OCR'd" every page of these filings, providing them in a fully keyword searchable Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

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