Geographic Mapping Tools

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Since 2011, GIST has been engaged in geographic mapping efforts to help identify and illustrate the various state groups and national networks that funders are working with to support the economic well-being of low-income families, workers and communities in the United States.  Visit our interactive mapping tool to see where investments are being made in policy, advocacy and communications work in the state. To date, information has been collected from 37 networks on the 1259 unique groups they are working with in the states.  A sampling of some additional online mapping tools, recommended by our members as useful resources, is provided below.

2010 Census Portrait of America: This interactive map provides population counts and details about Age, Sex, Race, Ethnicity, and Housing Status that can be searched by town and state.

Community Foundation Atlas: This online platform maps the identities, locations, assets, roles and achievements of place-based philanthropies around the world. The Community Foundation Atlas offers a variety of entry points to further understand the reach and influence of community foundations, including profiles, facts, and stories.

Economic Security Institute: This interactive map allows users to click on a state name to view state research (including economic security scorecard, elder economic security research and family economic security research), media coverage, resources, and economic security champions data for a particular state or go to the national page.

Economic Security Index: The Economic Security Index (ESI) is an integrated measure of insecurity that shows how common large economic losses are within the U.S. population.  The index allows you to choose up to 3 states from the map to compare. Users can map state differences in economic insecurity, examine how state patterns varied over a quarter century, and identify which states have the most and least insecurity.  Data now updated through 2012.

Fiscal 50: State Trends and Analysis: The Fiscal 50, an interactive resource from The Pew Charitable Trusts, allows you to sort and analyze data on key fiscal, economic, and demographic trends in the 50 states and understand their impact on states’ fiscal health.

Foundation Funding for U.S. Democracy: Foundation Funding for U.S. Democracy is a data visualization platform for funders, nonprofits, journalists, and anyone interested in understanding philanthropy’s role in U.S. democracy.  The platform captures the myriad democracy-related activities that foundations have supported from 2011 to present. It can be used to scan the funding landscape, analyze funder and nonprofit networks, increase knowledge about democracy funding, and more.

Foundation Maps: Foundation Maps is the Foundation Center’s premier data visualization tool and the easiest way to see who is funding what and where around the world.  With millions of grants from 2006 to the present, innovative ways to visualize funding data, and the flexibility and precision to tailor research, Foundation Maps helps funders and nonprofits access the knowledge they need to make strategic decisions and strengthen their impact. Search over 3.6 million grants, 58,000 foundations, and 370,000 recipients. Available by subscription only.

Get on the Map: The "Get on the Map" campaign — a partnership of the Forum for Regional Association of Grantmakers and Foundation Center — is a new data-sharing initiative dedicated to boosting the quality and availability of fresh, detailed grantmaking data across the Forum Network.  Through this partnership, regional associations of grantmakers can run their own peer-led campaigns to recruit members to share grants data using Foundation Center's eReporting Standard. The data is then centralized at Foundation Center and made freely accessible to all members in the region through the Foundation Maps platform — a highly interactive and searchable mapping tool.

Half in Ten Poverty Data: This tool allows users to get a progress report on cutting poverty in half in ten years by state or congressional district.  One page profiles on issues affecting economic security and opportunity for specific communities and racial and ethnic groups and basic statistics are also provided.

Healthy Food Access Portal: This mapping tool helps individuals and organizations better understand the communities in which they are working to improve access to healthy food. This tool allows users to view data on 60 indicators by state, county, city, town or zip code. Broadly, the categories of data are demographics, food environment, federal programs & investments, and development block grants.

Map the Meal Gap: This interactive map reflects 2011 - 2013 data and allows users to select a year and state to start learning more about the residents struggling with hunger and the food banks that serve them.

Minimum Wage Tracker:  This map allows users to see how rapidly changing minimum wage laws differ across the country, and read EPI’s recent research explaining the benefits of raising the minimum wage and eliminating the subminimum wage for tipped workers.  Users can search by state on minimum wage and subminimum wage for tipped workers and filter data by amount, year of increase or law change, upcoming increases, indexing, or whether the state contains localities with separate minimum-wage laws.

National Equity Atlas: The national equity atlas is a comprehensive data resource to track, measure, and make the case for inclusive growth.  Explore the Atlas to get data on changing demographics, racial inclusion, and the economic benefits of equity—in your city, region, state, and nationwide.

Opportunity Index: The Opportunity Index is an annual composite measure at the state and county levels of economic, educational and civic factors that expand opportunity. The Opportunity Index allows you to compare scores and understand why some communities have more opportunity than others.

Spotlight on the States: This interactive U.S. map allows users can hover over a state to get a snapshot of poverty statistics in a state, then click or use the drop-down menu to access information and resources, news articles, and links to learn more about state efforts to reduce poverty.

State of Poverty Map: This map can help bring to life the statistics and scope of Poverty USA. Use theNational Overviewto compare poverty levels of states. Use the County Level View for detailed info at a local level. TheCounty Level Viewalso shows places of hope where people are making a difference with the help of CCHD grants.

TANF and MOE Spending on Basic Assistance, Work-Related Activities, and Child Care, FY 2014: This map provides data on each state’s federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and state Maintenance of Effort (MOE) spending and transfers to the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) and the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) in FY 2014. Total spending is grouped into 13 categories, as defined in the Reader’s Guide before each pie chart. Detailed FY 2014 expenditure tables are also provided.

Tax Credits for Working Families 50 State Resource Map: This interactive map allows users to hover over a state to instantly see whether it has a state Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Child and Dependent Care Credit or Property Tax Circuit Breaker, and then click on the state or use the drop-down menu to access information and resources, news articles or to learn more about state efforts to enact these credits.

Working Poor Families Project State Data Snapshot: More than 100 indicators are used in conducting the State Policy Assessment Reports. The indicators are used to identify current conditions and related state policies and programs in each of four areas: conditions of low-income working families; education and skills training available to working adults; employment opportunities for entry level and low-wage workers; and conditions/employee benefits at existing jobs.