Our Data

Data aggregation, and analysis to spark Technology for the Public Interest

Providing free-access is an important element of democratizing data to spark social innovation. Equally important to the democratization efforts is to make the data easy to understand and accessible, as well as combining different sources to offer a comprehensive view.

We use a combination of proprietary technology, Human Curation, and a Private Wiki to aggregate and organize under the 17 UN SDGs the following datasets, which we update frequently. Some concepts are documented in our research papers.

X4Impact data types and sources

Tech for Good Solutions

With over 330 Tech for Nonprofit Solutions that address mission-critical needs, we quickly became the largest marketplace for Tech for Good.

By analyzing the data from recent rounds of financing filed with the SEC, we gain visibility to thousands of new potential listings every quarter. We apply automated classification validated by a human expert.

We cover solutions such as fundraising, cybersecurity, and document automation, as well as mission-critical applications such as homelessness, food waste reduction, combating human trafficking, sexual abuse, climate change, mental health, education, and many others.

We have a Tech4PI (Tech for the Public Interest) certification, developed by a multidisciplinary team.

Social Impact Funding and Nonprofit Market Landscape

Over 75% of the Total Income reported by Nonprofit Organizations in the U.S. comes from selling products or services, hence the importance of aggregating data beyond charitable giving and government grants.

We analyze over 600,000 filings of forms 990 and 990-PF with the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS). We exclude religious organizations as well as Private Foundations, Community Foundations, and Trusts, as those entities behave as intermediaries that eventually deploy the money as donations.

We aggregate data from the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC). We process 50,000 forms D and D/A filed in the past 18 months. We focus on technology companies raising between $50,000 and $500,000.

We remove duplicates by looking at the last amendment filed by any given organization.

Interactive Tools & Reports

We are just starting. Our aspiration is to become a trusted data intelligence marketplace to spark social innovation. We have many Interactive tools and we plan to continuously release new ones.

USAFacts provides the government data (impact indicators), and we combine it with our data. We are using quick and basic prototypes, optimizing for speed to market, learn, and improve.

Together, we present a complete picture of the problem, potential and existing solutions, available funding, and the human impact of addressing such problems.

Our Custom Search Engine

We have over 200 million units of knowledge in over 20 million articles aggregated from trusted published sources that have a special focus on data. For example the United Nations, US Department of Labor and Statistics, USAFacts, Leading Universities, and Research Institutions, among others.

We organized these data and information under one or more of the UN SDG goals. This is enabled through our proprietary content classification engine.


Grants & Funding

Data is extracted and aggregated from grants published by the federal government, as well as by private foundations and private companies.

On average our AI-powered analyzer inspects around 4,000 potential grants every week and organizes them under one or many UN SDGs.

We offer the opportunity for Private Companies, Private Foundations, and Local Government to publish grants in our System. Today we allow uploads of a large number of grants (Bulk Uploads) via CSV file ingest and expect to have a documented API by Q1 of 2021.

Please contact us if you are interested in bulk uploads.

Challenges & Ideas Collaborative

At launch, we have aggregated over 800 social challenges that need a solution or ideas that are ready for investment or for the right social entrepreneur. These challenges and ideas are extracted from published sources through our text summarization components.

A private-wiki experience enables experts from nonprofits, academia, and the private sector to augment and refine the work done by our text analytics components.

We also work with Hackathons from Universities, Social Incubators, Large Technology Companies, and provide access for Bulk Upload their ideas and challenges. We believe this will be a great way to enable a sustained acceleration of ideas for social innovation.

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X4Impact uses the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a framework to organize insights

Given the emerging consensus on aligning Social-Impact Funding with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals – UN SDGs, we adopted its classification of impact with the 17 major goals.

The following video summarizes our work, which is documented in a Research Paper published in August of 2020 by KDD, one of the most reputable global conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Sciences.

Our classification is based on analyzing a piece of content such as a Form 990 filed with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service -IRS, or the content of the website of an organization, or the content of a published grant. Our algorithms extract the core concepts and compare those with the concepts that prevail in pieces of content that are considered Gold-Standard under each one of the UN SDGs.

We are using an accuracy of 85% or more to classify a data point or unit of content under a UN SDG. This may change as we improve our algorithms over time. You can check our Research Papers for more details.

Limitations on our data aggregation, classification and analysis

Is your AI-based data aggregation and classification 100% accurate?

At this point, we are at 85% accuracy and we expect to continuously improve over time. Our approach is AI-assisted rather than AI-replaced. That means we aim at serving the needs of human experts but have complemented our experience with a private Wiki experience for our Challenges and Solutions to enable experts to augment, correct, and refine our content. For the automated labeling of data, such as classification under one or many of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, we conduct human audits to refine the machine learning process.

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Why are you making the access to data intelligence free? How do you generate money?

Many niche services charge subscription fees for access to datasets such as private foundations activity, grants, private investment activity, compensation, and more.

We believe in the Democratization of Access to Data and on the Power of collective impact. Read more here.

I have a dataset I would like published by X4Impact, what do I do?

There are many unpublished datasets that can be a great contribution to innovation in the social sector. We offer Bulk Uploads via CSV files and in Q1 2021 we will provide access via an API that includes rich editing tools.

Click on "Ask Us" at the bottom right corner of this page to contact us if you want to learn more.

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