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Equipping Your Foundation for the Age of Transparency and Big Data

Monday, June 10, 2013
11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
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Big Data--the gathering of unprecedented amounts of digital information to understand trends and predict future behavior--is fundamentally changing the way we understand the world and make decisions.

Join colleagues from across the state for a webinar led by Foundation Center President Bradford K. Smith on the power of Big Data and how grantmakers can use it to inform their work. Participants will explore how revolutionary changes in technology-fueled transparency, data access and data mining will have a profound and growing impact on foundations of all sizes. Smith will also address how Big Data can help your foundation communicate powerful ideas, improve relationships with grantees, facilitate greater collaboration, reduce duplication of effort and cultivate a community of shared learning. 

Sponsored by The James Irvine Foundation and offered in partnership with California Philanthropy, this program is the first in a  Glasspockets webinar series on philanthropy and information technology. Future programs the Glass Pockets Webinar Series include:

  • What Do We Know? Tapping the Social Sector's Collective Intelligence - September 10, 2013
  • Transparency 2.0: Foundations in the Age of Social Media - October 17, 2013


Bradford K. Smith
President, Foundation Center
Bradford K. Smith is President of the Foundation Center, the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Before joining the Foundation Center in 2008, he was president of the Oak Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland, a major family foundation with programs and grant activities in 41 countries in North America, Europe, Africa, Latin America and South Asia. Prior to that Smith worked with the Ford Foundation as a representative in Brazil, and then as Vice President in the New York headquarters, where he was responsible for the global Peace and Social Justice Program.

Smith serves on the Board of Directors of the Tinker Foundation and the Advisory Board of the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security. He holds an M.A. in economics from the New School for Social Research in New York.

About the Foundation Center:
Established in 1956, the Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants--a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level.


About the Glasspockets Webinar Series:
As we access greater quantities of information online, public expectation about what information is made available is increasing at a rapid pace. Emerging and ever-evolving technologies are also providing more opportunities for grantmakers to be transparent about their work. Sponsored by The James Irvine Foundation, and offered in partnership with California Philanthropy, this webinar series will help you learn about harnessing the power of online transparency to improve relationships with grantees, facilitate greater collaboration, reduce duplication of effort and cultivate a community of shared learning.

In support of this paradigm shift, the Foundation Center's Glasspockets initiative has been collecting examples and best practices of foundation transparency in an online world. With Glasspockets, the Foundation Center and its partners are working to achieve the following goals:
  • Inspire private foundations to greater openness in their communications;
  • Increase understanding of best practices in foundation transparency and accountability in an online world;
  • Illustrate how institutional philanthropy is relevant to the critical issues of our time;
  • Highlight the many stories of philanthropy that show how private wealth is serving the public good; and
  • Illuminate successes, failures and ongoing experimentation so foundations can build on each other's ideas to increase impact.


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