Best Practices - Transparency and Accountability
How Do I General Support Thee, Let Me Count the Ways!
In this blog post, Foundation Center President Bradford K. Smith argues that hundreds of terms are used to describe "general operating support," making grant data difficult to analyze and foundations less transparent.
This initiative sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the financial firm Liquidnet is an online dialogue to discover how the social sector can better use and share information to drive outcomes and change lives.
The James Irvine Foundation: Timeline
In recognition of The James Irvine Foundation's 75th anniversary, this interactive timeline looks back at key moments in the organization's history and accomplishments of grantees.
Glasspockets.org is a website created by the Foundation Center focused on transparency in philanthropy.
Transparency Talk, the Glasspockets blog, is a platform for candid and constructive conversation about foundation transparency and accountability. In this space, the Foundation Center highlights strategies, findings and best practices on the web and in foundations.
Communicating Your Accountability Through the Form 990 (Webinar)
Independent Sector's webinar presentation from Angela Williams, senior vice president and general counsel for the YMCA of the USA, and Joan Lovell, associate general counsel, will help you to consider how you might maximize the new Form 990’s focus on governance and mission accomplishment to communicate your organization’s accountability.
Resource Center for Good Governance and Ethical Practice
Independent Sector's Resource Center features the Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice: A Guide for Charities and Foundations, developed by the Panel on the Nonprofit Sector, which outlines 33 principles of sound practice related to legal compliance and public disclosure, effective governance, financial oversight and responsible fundraising.
The International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) aims to make information about aid spending easier to access, use and understand. Its purpose is to help implement the transparency commitments made at the Accra Agenda for Action in the most consistent and coherent ways. The Accra Agenda for Action arose from the March 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness.
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy - Accountability and Transparency Resources
The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) conducts action research, analyses and advocacy to make institutional philanthropy operates with integrity and openness.
What Am I Accountable For?
This resource from the Bridgespan Group checklist provides questions to continually check in on your personal and organizational philanthropic accountability.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Assessment Report 2011
The RWJF Assessment Report 2011, published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, presents the biannual evaluation of organizational performance in program development, program impact, and grantee relations, based on internal measures; surveys of experts, the public, and grantees; and comparisons with peer organizations.