• Through a Glass a Little Less Darkly

    Explore our Glasspockets Top Ten - moments, efforts, and examples in 2017 that stood out, bringing philanthropy into sharper focus.

  • Grant Advisor

    Grant Advisor

    With GrantAdvisor foundations can view, for better or worse, what their stakeholders really think. Anyone can register to give feedback, and once a foundation receives more than five reviews their profile goes live

  • Robert Ross

    The End of Moat Philanthropy

    Jen Ford Reedy’s excellent blog series about the Bush Foundation’s efforts is a great reminder to the field not to start and stop with elegantly written values statements that include transparency and openness.

  • Effectiveness

    In 2017 the sector demonstrated how transparency is key to effective grantmaking.

  • 2017 Review - Flores-Witte

    Pain Points See the Light of Day

    Kenneth Rainin Foundation’s Mandy Flores-Witte is leading the way showing how grantmakers can candidly open up about the struggles and pain points they meet along the way to achieving their goals.

  • 100&Change

    MacArthur’s $100 million grant competition was designed with transparency in mind.

  • Foundations Take a Stand

    Foundations Take a Stand

    Traditionally, foundations are more comfortable writing checks to support others to take the microphone rather than using their institutional voice to speak out. 2017 saw a departure from this practice with many foundations finding their voice as a result of the current political climate.

    Talking About Transparency

  • In Transparency Talk

    New from the Glasspockets blog

  • What's Trending?

    No Moat Philanthropy

    Opening up and stepping away from a fortress mentality

    We invited the Bush Foundation's Jen Ford Reedy to
    reflect on her efforts to make the foundation more open.

    Eye on the Trump Administration

    Find out what's in store for philanthropy

    As Donald J. Trump's administration takes shape, we're taking a closer look at the philanthropic interests of those appointed to be part of his inner circle.

    How philanthropic is the Trump administration?

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What We're Tracking

"We think that the foundation should have glass pockets.”
Russell Leffingwell, Chair, Carnegie Corporation, 1952

How Are Foundations Being Transparent in a Digital World?

  • Sharing Knowledge

    Through their work, foundations produce deep knowledge about successful strategies and lessons learned. We can share your knowledge on IssueLab.

  • Building Websites

    Fewer than 10% of U.S. foundations have a website. Having a website is easy and is the first step to online transparency. We can help with Foundation Websites.

  • Sharing Grants Data

    Sharing your grants data with us electronically helps the public understand your work. We make it easy with the Reporting Commitment and e-grant reporting.