How to Use the GeoTreeRecommendations for Use
We hope the GeoTree will clarify how the Center codes Geographic Areas Served information based on the grant text and recipient information organizations provide in their grant data. Ideally, the text provided by foundations is as specific as possible - if a grant or organization serves two countries in Africa, the grant or organization text would state the names of those countries rather than the name of the continent. Furthermore, if a grant or organization serves a region, like North Africa, we encourage organizations to refer to the GeoTree to see whether they define North Africa in the same way. Whether or not you agree with the definition, you can use the GeoTree as a reference point to understand how Foundation Center staff will interpret the way you report your grants to us and, in turn, how that information will be represented in our reports and information products.Ways to use the GeoTree include:
Please note, when downloading records from the GeoTree, the location you choose from which to start your download affects the results included in your download. For example, after selecting "Africa" for export, your download will include the "child" records for Africaís "children" up to the country level. To get more granular data for Africa, such as provinces or cities, you will need to select individual African countries for download. Similarly, to export city- and neighborhood-level information for the United States, you need to conduct the export by individual states, rather than by country. The export is subject to these restrictions because otherwise the results would be too lengthy to fit in Excel.If you have questions or comments about exporting records or would like to make a special download request, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information on GeoTree APIs and other web services, in addition to the Foundation Centerís best practices for applying geographic coding, will be posted soon.
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