About Us

IssueLab, a service of the Foundation Center, works to more effectively gather, index, and share the collective intelligence of the social sector. We provide free access to thousands of case studies, evaluations, white papers, and issue briefs addressing some of the world's most pressing social problems. We are also committed to increasing access to this knowledge by making it broadly available through this website, other Foundation Center websites, distributed Knowledge Centers, and content-sharing partnerships with libraries, archives, and online communities. As well, we are working with foundations and nonprofits to adopt a common set of publishing practices, such as the adoption of open licenses and the use of open repositories like this one, to support greater knowledge sharing at the collective level.

IssueLab became a project of the Foundation Center in 2012 when its collection was merged with that of PubHub. Together we are building one of the sector's largest knowledge bases and the capacity and tools for meaningful knowledge mobilization.

Recent Thoughts and Activities
Fund for Shared Insight Announces $5.26 Million in Awards to Improve Philanthropy

Foundation Center's IssueLab Among Group of Grantees Working to Foster More Openness
Fund for Shared Insight; November, 2014

A Case Study in 'Sustainable' Knowledge Management
PhilanTopic Blog; November, 2014

European Citizen Action Service Knowledge Centre
Grantcraft Blog; October, 2014

National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers Knowledge Center
Grantcraft Blog; October, 2014

IssueLab's Collection Offers Important Example for the Field of Philanthropy
GlassPockets Blog; June, 2014

What Do We Know? Tapping the Social Sector's Collective Intelligence
Glasspockets Webinar Series; September 2013

Evaluating and Learning for Greater Impact
University of Southern California (USC) Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy 2013 Philanthropic Leadership Forum Breakout Session on Philanthropic Impact; January 2013

Why Research Matters to Grantseekers
Techsoup Global Webinar; Jan 18, 2013

Here Today, Not Gone Tomorrow
PhilanTopic Blog; Jan 18, 2013

Foundation Center's PubHub + IssueLab = "Ecosystem of knowledge"
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation News Article; January 15, 2013

When Knowledge is Power, Knowledge Sharing is Powerful
Glass Pockets "Transparency Talk" Blog; Nov 15, 2012

Old Reports Are New Again
PhilanTopic Blog; Nov 12, 2012

From Open Data to Open Knowledge: Foundations, Nonprofits, and the Production of Ideas
PhilanTopic Blog; Nov 8, 2012

Foundation Center's IssueLab Provides Comprehensive Access to Third Sector Research: Knowledge Sharing Platform Now Contains 11,000 Resources
Foundation Center Press Release; Nov 8, 2012

Foundation Center Acquires IssueLab: New Platform Will Provide Open Access to Third-Sector Research
Foundation Center Press Release; June 11, 2012