About the Philanthropy Classification System
The Philanthropy Classification System (PCS) describes the work of grantmakers, recipient organizations and the philanthropic transactions between those entities. The Center’s Classification System in based on the National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) and has been expanded over the last three decades to include the emerging work we have evidenced while capturing and indexing the work of the sector on a global scale.
We’re currently working on a major expansion of our classification system and invite the sector to review and provide feedback on our proposed changes by May 23, 2014. Access the new draft to review and comment.
The facets of the Classification System illuminate the work and answer the following questions about philanthropy:
- Who? = Population Served
- What? = Subject and Organization Type
- How? = Type of Support
- Where? = Geographic Area Served (geotree.foundationcenter.org)
Our 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. We've outlined how each facet of the Classification System is applied by the Foundation Center to grantmakers, recipient organizations and philanthropic transactions in our data set. Questions can be submitted to one of our staff using the “Ask the Taxonomist” link. You can also learn more about related resources and other new features available in the Tools and Resources section of the site.