Welcome to Open Referral

We develop data standards and open platforms that make it easy to share and find information about community resources.

Our Vision

The vision of Open Referral is a world where everyone has access to — and the ability to effectively use — information about the resources that are available in their community.

Pilot Projects

Open Referral's pilot projects use our common data format to improve the ways in which people can find information about human services. Learn about these projects here.



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Talking Open Referral at Stanford’s Data on Purpose

Last month I visited Stanford to speak at the 2017 Data on Purpose conference, sponsored by Stanford's Center for Philanthropy ...

The Open Referral API project

The Open Referral Initiative’s next chapter starts now! Open Referral has helped over a dozen community organizations find new ways ...

Our 2016 Year in Review

Happy new year! I'm pleased to share Open Referral’s 2016 Year in Review. (You can browse (and comment upon) the document ...

The Florida Legal Resource Directory Project

Legal problems: sometimes you don’t even know you have one until it’s too late. When it comes to people with ...