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Glasspockets Find: A View of Transparency from the 2013 European Foundation Centre Conference
June 11, 2013

In accepting the Compass Prize at the recent closing plenary session of the European Foundation Centre’s 2013 Annual General Assembly and Conference in Copenhagen, Dr. Rien van Gendt broached the topic of transparency. In his remarks, van Gendt observed that foundations need to stop thinking of transparency as something that is being forced upon them and rather accept it as beneficial. In the meantime, however, he urged foundations not to become so fixated on compliance that their performance suffers: "If we focus on what we do instead of on who we are, we can take the sting out of the one-dimensional public discussion about transparency and compliance."

View the 4-minute video of his transparency remarks.

-- Mark Foley

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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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