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Category: "Outcomes" (17 posts)

Because What You Know Shouldn’t Just Be About Who You Know
June 1, 2017

This post, the first in the Glasspockets' #OpenForGood series, makes the case for how philanthropy can be improved through greater knowledge sharing by foundations and announces the launch of IssueLab: Results.

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Glasspockets Find: “Dear Warren” Accounts for Impact of His $30 Billion Gift to the Gates Foundation
March 3, 2017

Bill & Melinda Gates recently posted their foundation’s annual letter, sharing progress from their work. This year's letter, "Dear Warren," had a personal twist and revealed how the largest private foundation accounts for its progress to a key stakeholder, Warren Buffet.

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Tips from the Tech Sector on How Philanthropy Can Scale Impact
February 15, 2017

Why aren’t more nonprofits, like Khan Academies and Wikipedia, building software to create social change at scale? Learn how foundations can become accelerators for tech nonprofits.

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From Good Idea to Problem Solved: Funding the Innovation Means Funding the Process
February 8, 2017

Bush Foundation shares why philanthropy needs transparent and thoughtful ways to get community buy-in and a wide variety of perspectives to make those ideas a reality. Truly good ideas—those that will really have a sustainable impact—are often created in deep partnership and trust between organizations, leaders, and—most critically—the people most affected by a problem.

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Glasspockets Find – Can the Silicon Valley Giving Code Be Cracked?
December 21, 2016

Despite the Silicon Valley’s tech innovation culture, burgeoning new wealth, and new philanthropy, local community-based nonprofits struggle to attract funding from some of the world’s most generous funders – right in their own backyard. Why are 30% of local service providers reporting higher deficits than the national average? The authors noted the region is developing an “emerging giving code – an implicit set of strategies and approaches shared by Silicon Valley’s individual, corporate, and institutional philanthropists alike.” This approach to giving is “widely shared among the region’s new philanthropists” and heavily influenced by technology and business. - right in their own backyard. Despite this wealth of local resources, about 30% of the community-based organizations focused on providing local safety net support – such as homelessness, poverty, troubled public schools – reported higher deficits than the national average. The authors noted the region is developing an “emerging giving code – an implicit set of strategies and approaches shared by Silicon Valley’s individual, corporate, and institutional philanthropists alike.” This approach to giving is “widely shared among the region’s new philanthropists” and heavily influenced by technology and business.

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Transparency Chat: CEP On Sharing What Matters
March 2, 2016

Transparency Talk and Elie Buteau delve into the findings of the Center for Effective Philanthropy's new report, "Sharing What Matters: Foundation Transparency. Ms. Butea, CEP vice president of research, explains how lessons learned transform foundation transparency.

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#77: Transparency Talk Welcomes the VNA Foundation to Glasspockets
October 14, 2015

VNA Foundation becomes the 77th foundation to join "Who Has Glass Pockets?" VNA, which supports healthcare for the underserved, employs innovative methods in how they communicate grantmaking and open up the work of philanthropy.

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Redefining and Sharing Outcomes at the Campbell Foundation
July 15, 2014

Anna Lindgren of the Campbell Foundation discusses how the Foundation redesigned its outcomes tracking platform with help from its grantees.

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Tracking Outcomes: The Message is “Keep it Simple”
June 25, 2014

At the recent SF Bay Area Chapter of the Technology Affinity Group (TAG) meeting, representatives from foundations came together to discuss ways of promoting a more standardized and simplified outcomes tracking process.

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How the Reporting Commitment Leverages Philanthropy's Efforts to Solve Pressing Social Problems
August 26, 2013

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation supports the Reporting Commitment and encourages other foundations to join it.

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