Waldo Jaquith

Unlocking government data

So, what's the big idea?

Waldo is the founder of US Open Data. His goal is to support the US government, at all levels, to release useful, usable open data, and to help both the private and public sector realise the benefits of open data over time.

We support Waldo because, while his focus is on unlocking data from the supply side, he also has keen insight into how open data can then benefit users on the demand side. Waldo’s work will give us some insight into the “so what” of open government data.

Waldo Jaquith's flash grant nominations

Twice a year we award a number of small grants to a collection of social change agents, no strings attached, in support of their work. We call these Flash Grants and recipients are selected based on nominations from our Fellows. Each award is worth $5,000.

Kenza Lahlou
Sarah Glassmeyer

Spend breakdown

At the heart of our co-investment fellowship model is the principle that Fellows continue to invest in their own ideas. The Foundation amplifies the Fellow’s investment by matching it at least tenfold, along with covering the cost of their time for the year.

The figures you see here do not reflect each Fellow’s fellowship year funding, but rather the funds unlocked within our financial year, as the fellowship years start either March or September and Fellows are not required to spend the available funds proportionately throughout the year.


Our contribution: $75,620.92
Total funds: $75,620.92


Fellow contribution: $56.45
Our contribution: $120,914.91
Total funds: $120,971.36
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Total funding to date: