Transparency Talk

Category: "Collaboration" (49 posts)

What Do We Know About…Disconnected Youth?
December 13, 2016

Recognizing the crisis facing young people and the need to create stronger pathways to education and jobs, the Annie E. Casey Foundation asked Foundation Center to create a special collection on IssueLab about the group of young people known as disconnected youth. This new online resource houses nearly 140 recent reports, case studies, fact sheets, and evaluations focused on the challenges confronting youth today, as well as lessons and insights from the field.

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Building Communities of Practice in Crop Research
November 22, 2016

To spur change at the systems level, it is critical to involve many individuals and institutions that work within that system, facilitating the sharing of information and knowledge. The McKnight Foundation has successfully developed a community of practice (CoP) model that has sparked new thinking and innovation in agriculture research and development, which has spurred cross-sector collaboration, learning, and networking.

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The Foundation Transparency Challenge
November 2, 2016

I often get asked which foundations are the most transparent, closely followed by the more skeptical line of questioning about whether the field of philanthropy is actually becoming more transparent, or just talking more about it. When Glasspockets launched six years ago, a little less than 7 percent of foundations had a web presence; today that has grown to a still underwhelming 10 percent. So, the reality is that transparency remains a challenge for the majority of foundations, but some are making it a priority to open up their work. Our new Foundation Transparency Challenge infographic is designed to help foundations tackle the transparency challenge. It provides an at-a-glance overview of how and why foundations are prioritizing transparency, inventories common strengths and pain points across the field, and highlights good examples that can serve as inspiration for others in areas that represent particular challenges to the field.

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Glasspockets Find: Philanthropic Leaders Join Ban the Box Movement to Address Inequality
October 26, 2016

What motivates foundations to move from funding and supporting movements to joining the front lines of movements? A growing number of foundations are becoming more comfortable taking public stands on issues, such as the Ban the Box movement.

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Flooding the Locks: Philanthropy’s Knowledge Conduits
August 3, 2016

Uniquely positioned to embrace risk, foundations should tread outside their comfort zone to achieve large-scale, systemic change; but they should also learn from the Panama Canal’s massive gamble. When making big bets, transparency, data-informed decisions, accountability, and clarity of process lead to better outcomes.

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Get Open: Leaders Reflect on Glasspockets' Impact
July 27, 2016

Sharing strategy, knowledge, processes, and best practices in philanthropy is better for everyone – from the grantmakers to grantees and the communities they serve. In our new video, Glasspockets: Making the Case for Transarency, philanthropy leaders reflect on the positive impact that Glasspockets and working more openly has made on their work.

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Glasspockets Find: Exponent Philanthropy Video Series Encourages Transparency
July 14, 2016

Embracing failure has the potential to maximize effective and impact in philanthropy. This trend of self-reflection and sharing lessons learned among foundation and funder leaders is encouraging transparency and opening up the work of grantmakers.

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Building the Social Sector's Collective Brain Trust: Redesigned IssueLab Launched
June 23, 2016

As philanthropy practices begin to move from closed to more open and transparent methods, collective impact and knowledge sharing will benefit the social sector. IssueLab’s relaunched website - with almost 20,000 knowledge resources, covering 38 different issue areas, from 7,000+ organizations around the world - has new tools and resources to help foundations and organizations.

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From Cardboard to the Cloud: Grantmaking Systems in an Era of Collaboration and Learning
April 6, 2016

The Surdna Foundation’s first grants management system was made of cardboard: it was a shoebox filled with index cards and later evolved into a custom-built system. Surdna has since ditched the cardboard for the cloud, which has helped the foundation become more open, streamlined and transparent.

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Size Doesn't Matter
March 28, 2016

The Mary Black Foundation joins Foundation Center's "Reporting Commitment," an initiative to develop more timely, accurate, and precise reporting on the flow of philanthropic dollars. The foundation is among 19 U.S. foundations contributing to the transparency of the field and the knowledge resources that drive philanthropic impact.

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