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Glasspockets Find: Transparency and Accountability on a Small Foundation Budget
June 10, 2011

This week's Glasspockets Find:

Association of Small FoundationsOur Glasspockets team is often asked whether items on our "Who Has Glass Pockets?" assessment are geared toward larger foundations that have budgets for things like performance evaluation, grantee feedback, and staff to develop new stakeholder engagement initiatives. While we believe that a culture of transparency can exist in a variety of foundation types and sizes, we also realize the challenges small foundations face in finding the time and resources to undertake such activities.GEO Fortunately, our Glasspockets partner, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO), in partnership with the Association of Small Foundations (ASF), have recently made available free "tear sheets" geared toward smaller foundations on "Using Evaluation to Become an Effective Learning Organization," and on "Engaging Stakeholders for More Effective Grantmaking." These helpful guides include an overview of the key issues to consider in advance of implementing these kinds of initiatives, a guide to getting started, questions to raise with your board members, specific grantmakers who have implemented such activities, and a list of recommended reading on the subject.

-- Janet Camarena


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  • Transparency Talk, the Glasspockets blog, is a platform for candid and constructive conversation about foundation transparency and accountability. In this space, Foundation Center highlights strategies, findings, and best practices on the web and in foundations–illuminating the importance of having "glass pockets."

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