Understanding the Foundation Directory's Philanthropy Classification System

Foundation Directory Online, the premier database for foundation prospect research, categorizes data using the Philanthropy Classification System (PCS). PCS describes the work of grantmakers, recipient organizations and the philanthropic transactions between those entities. 

A newly designed site lets you explore each facet of the taxonomy through the Visual Navigation tool, Quick Search, A-Z search or a hierarchy view. It outlines how each facet of the Classification System is applied by the Foundation Center to grantmakers, recipient organizations and philanthropic transactions in our data set.

The facets of the Classification System illuminate the work and answer the following questions about philanthropy:

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