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Nominations for Foundation Center’s #OpenForGood Award Now Open
June 13, 2018

Sarina Dayal is the knowledge services associate at Foundation Center.

Sarina DayalTo encourage funders to be more transparent, Foundation Center has launched the inaugural #OpenForGood Award. This award will recognize foundations that display a strong commitment to transparency and knowledge sharing.

Last year, we started #OpenForGood, a campaign to encourage foundations to openly share what they learn so we can all get collectively smarter. Now, we’re launching this award as a way to bring due recognition and visibility to foundations who share challenges, successes, and failures openly to strengthen how we can think and act as a sector. The winning foundations will demonstrate an active commitment to open knowledge and share their evaluations through IssueLab, an open repository that is free, searchable, and accessible to all. We’re looking for the best examples of smart, creative, strategic, and consistent knowledge sharing in the field, across all geographic and issue contexts.

What’s In It for You?

Winners will receive technical support to create a custom Knowledge Center for their foundation or for a grantee organization, as well as promotional support in the form of social media and newsletter space. What is a Knowledge Center and why would you want one? It is a service of IssueLab that provides organizations with a simple way to manage and share knowledge on their own websites. By leveraging this tool, you can showcase your insight, promote analysis on your grantees, and feature learnings from network members. All documents that are uploaded to an IssueLab Knowledge Center are also made searchable and discoverable via systems like WorldCat, which serves more than 2,000 libraries worldwide, ensuring your knowledge can be found by researchers, regardless of their familiarity with your organization.

Why Choose Openness?

OFGaward-528The #OpenForGood award is focused on inspiring foundations to use existing and emerging technologies to collectively improve the sector. Today, we live in a time when most expect to find the information they need on the go, via tablets, laptops, and mobile phones, just a swipe or click away. Despite this digital era reality, today only 13 percent of foundations have websites, and even fewer share their reports publicly, indicating that the field has a long way to go to create a culture of shared learning. With this award, we hope to change these practices. Rather than reinvent the wheel, this award and campaign encourage the sector to make it a priority to learn from one another and share content with a global audience, so that we can build smartly on one another’s work and accelerate the change we want to see in the world. The more you share your foundation's work, the greater the opportunities to make all our efforts more effective and farther reaching.

Who Is Eligible for the Award?

  • Any foundation anywhere in the world (self-nominations welcome)
  • Must share its collection of published evaluations publicly through IssueLab
  • Must demonstrate active commitment to open knowledge
  • Preferential characteristics include foundations that integrate creativity, field leadership, openness, and community insight into knowledge sharing work
  • Bonus points for use of other open knowledge elements such as open licensing, digital object identifiers (DOIs), or institutional repository

Anyone is welcome to nominate any foundation through September 30, 2018. Winners will be selected in the Fall through a review process and notified in January. The award will officially be presented at next year’s annual GEO Conference. If you have any questions, please email openforgood@foundationcenter.org. Click here to nominate a foundation today!

Who will you nominate as being #OpenForGood?

--Sarina Dayal

Giving Pledge Announces Fourteen Additional Signatories
June 1, 2018

This post originally appeared in Philanthropy News Digest May 31, 2018.

The Giving Pledge has announced the addition of fourteen individuals and couples to its list of signatories, bringing to a hundred and eighty-three the total number of those pledging to give the majority of their wealth in support of philanthropic causes.

New signatories from the United States include Aneel Bhusri, co-founder and CEO of software developer Workday, and his wife, Allison Thoreson Bhusri, founding partner of Lemonade Capital; Dimensional Fund Advisors founder David G. Booth; Charles Butt, chair and CEO of supermarket chain H-E-B; Candy and Charlie Ergen, co-founders of EchoStar; Mario and Regina Gabelli, co-founders of the Gabelli Foundation; security and systems management firm Tanium co-founder and CEO Orion Hindawi and his wife, Jackie; LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and his wife, Michelle Yee; Richard and Melanie Lundquist, owners of Continental Development Corporation; and American Assets Trust founder, president, and CEO Ernest Rady and his wife, Evelyn.

Other signatories who joined in the past year include Garrett Camp, founder and CEO of Expa, a global network of entrepreneurs (Canada); entrepreneur B.R. Shetty and his wife, C.R. Shetty (United Arab Emirates); and VPS Healthcare founder and managing director Shamsheer Vayalil and his wife, Shabeena (UAE and India). Badr Jafar, CEO of Crescent Enterprises and president of Crescent Petroleum, and his partner, Razan Al Mubarak (UAE), and Rohini and Nandan Nilekani (India) joined the Giving Pledge in 2017.

At their annual learning conference this week, Giving Pledgers discussed a range of topics, including how to build effective grantee partnerships, data-driven giving, the pros and cons of different philanthropic structures, and family giving, as well as how philanthropy can make a difference on issues such as education, clean water and sanitation, the opioid crisis, and supporting women leaders to improve health and economic outcomes globally.

"Over the past eight years, we've been inspired by the dedicated philanthropists who have chosen to join the Giving Pledge, and this year's group is no exception," said Warren Buffett, who launched the Giving Pledge in 2010 with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation co-founders Bill and Melinda Gates. "They are passionate about using their wealth to help reduce inequities and improve the lives of everyone in the world. We welcome their energy, enthusiasm, and creativity and look forward to learning from them as we all work to ensure our giving makes a positive difference."

For more information on the Giving Pledge, visit the Eye on the Giving Pledge section of the Foundation Center's Glasspockets.org site.

(Photo credit: Giving Pledge)

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