4 Organizations Team On Mapping Tool For U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

September 19, 2017       NPT Staff      

In a collaborative partnership, Global Impact, Blackbaud, the Council on Foundations and the Foundation Center have developed and launched a resource to support organizations in aligning and tracking charitable giving to the United Nations (U.N.) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“Global Goals Mapping: A Resource for Social Good Organizations” supports goal 17, which is to revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

Global Goals Mapping is a comprehensive resource list that maps giving and volunteerism using both the IRS National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) codes and the United Nations International Classification of Nonprofit Organizations (ICNPO) codes to classify the activity and programs of charities and connect them to the SDGs and related targets. It creates a shared alignment resource and common language to support all organizations across sectors in their efforts to map their contributions toward the SDGs.

“Global Goals Mapping will enhance the impact of efforts across an organization by understanding the alignment of individual employee donations, volunteer hours and grants,” according to Scott Jackson, president and CEO of Global Impact. “By bringing four like-minded and highly respected organizations together in partnership, we can encourage, support, and drive strategic philanthropy for the social good community. Our hope is it will help organizations tell their complete story and illustrate their commitment to the SDGs.”

Global Impact, with a mission is to build partnerships and resources for the world’s most vulnerable people, will use the mapping and other tools to turn corporate giving and employee engagement data into more powerful success stories. Through this partnership, Global Impact will be able to tie contributions to impacts, align corporate responsibility efforts across departments, and help companies and their employees better understand how their contributions are connected to a powerful, collective global agenda.

Blackbaud, a cloud software public company in the nonprofit space, mapped the SDGs to the taxonomy of its Blackbaud Outcomes™ cloud solution.

Council on Foundations will use the tool and information to provide the opportunity, leadership and tools needed by organizations to expand, enhance and sustain their ability to advance the common good. Foundation Center will use Global Goals Mapping as part of a broader ecosystem of resources, which includes SDGFunders.org, to help funders and grantees better understand the SDGs.

The SDGs are a set of 17 interconnected global goals devoted to addressing hunger, poverty, health, equality, peace, justice and more that strive to “leave no one behind.” Adopted in 2015 by 193 countries, including the United States, they serve as a call to action to governments, the private sector, foundations, nonprofits and individual change agents to make significant improvements in life, on land and under water by 2030. The group’s goal is to provide a shareable resource for the entire social good community to use in aligning their grantmaking with the 17 goals and additional related targets.

“We are proud of the collaborative work that went into creating this resource,” said Kevin McDearis, chief products officer at Charleston, S.C.-based Blackbaud. “By incorporating the Global Goals taxonomy into our software, organizations can tell their success stories using statistics and results – all within a single frame of reference. With everyone speaking a common measurement language, we can begin to participate in a worldwide movement to lift up the collective social economy.”

All four organizations will unite to promote Global Goals Mapping, and more broadly, the value of the SDGs as a framework through trainings, webinars and convenings. Based on their missions and expertise, each organization has been integrating the resource into its offerings with a goal of improving funders’, companies’ and other stakeholders’ financial and human capital investments toward achieving the SDGs for a sustainable future.

Learn more at www.blackbaud.com/GlobalGoalsMapping

  • Blackbaud
  • Council on Foundations
  • foundation center
  • Global Impact
  • United Nations
  • United Nations (U.N.) Sustainable Development Goals