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Category: "Transparency Tips" (103 posts)

Learn from the Transparency Challenge Highlights Reel
January 19, 2017

Greater transparency and openness in philanthropy has risks and opportunities. Learn from a new Foundation Transparency Challenge infographic, which serves as a highlights reel showcasing foundations that are succeeding where most fear to tread.

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The Force Was Strong With Her: How Carrie Fisher Struck Back By Opening Up
December 29, 2016

Just like Princess Leia, she was passionate, fierce and fearless. As we grapple with the loss of Carrie Fisher, we reflect on her legacy of openness and advocacy for and mental health issues.

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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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The Case for Opening Up Foundations Meetings to the Public
December 6, 2016

How many charities and foundations have public meetings? Giving Evidence encourages charities and foundations to be more accountable and transparent to those who fund them.

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If An Evaluation Was Commissioned But Never Shared, Did It Really Exist?
November 15, 2016

Very few foundations consistently share their evaluations with their grantees, other foundations, or the public. Why are foundations not sharing the lessons from commissioned evaluations?

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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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Free Webinar: What Story Does Your 990 Tell About Your Foundation?
September 22, 2016

What does your foundation’s 990 say about the organization? Glasspockets recently partnered with the Communications Network to offer an insightful webinar on the Form 990’s potential risks and vulnerabilities, as well as how to use Form 990 to share the work of your organization.

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YouthGiving.org: Opening Up the Power of Youth as Grantmakers
September 7, 2016

Youth grantmaking is not just a cute group of kiddos running a lemonade stand for charity, although that's great, too! YouthGiving.org connects members of the youth giving movement, expands knowledge and collaboration about youth giving, and makes the field of grantmaking more inclusive as more young people can now see themselves as active leaders in philanthropy.

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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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