Monday, January 12, 2015

Mapping Assistance for Non-Profits Available through the Summer of Maps Fellowship

We’ve all heard the phrase: “A picture is worth a thousand words.” When trying to identify resources and deepen our understanding of the issues that face communities, sometimes a map can be worth a thousand words as well. Maps showing anything from population data to crime hotspots help inform the decisions in communities across the country around where to target services and where to make strategic investments. They can be a tool to also illustrate important points around community needs and assets to funders, community partners and residents.
Understanding the value of mapping for non-profit organizations, Azavea has opened applications for non-profit organizations to participate in a fellowship program that pairs student Geographic Information System (GIS) analysts with non-profits that have geospatial analysis needs for a three-month period. Students will work with mentors on two projects for the summer to create maps and related documents in support of their non-profits needs. This application is open to non-profit organizations across the country who work around organizations doing work around:
  • Arts
  • Environment
  • Food
  • Housing
  • Land and water
  • Transportation
  • Open Government

To see examples of some of the maps created through the 2014 Summer of Maps Fellowship, click here.

Applications for non-profit organizations close on January 8th, 2015. Fellows and organizations for the 2015 summer of maps will be announced on May 1st, 2015 and fellowships will begin on June 1, 2015. Applications can be completed online at

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