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Does Your Foundation Have Glass Pockets?

Demonstrate your foundation's online transparency and accountability. We will review your submission and contact you before posting this material online. Thank you for showing your glass pockets!

Instructions
Submit URLs (web links) for as many items as your foundation qualifies; multiple links (separated by commas) are welcome. Please use the comment fields as needed.

Questions marked with * are required.

Your Contact Information

General Information

Are the following points of contact provided: telephone number, e-mail/online form, and mailing address?

Increase the potential for collaboration and sector efficiency by making it easy for peers and potential partners to find a path to connect with someone inside the foundation.

Is a mission or purpose statement available?

Increase understanding about your institution’s work, and build credibility and public trust by posting your organization’s mission statement.

Are the names of executives and program staff available?

Humanize your institution by using your website to reveal the people inside the foundation. This also serves to increase the potential for collaboration and coordination, leading to greater sector effectiveness and efficiency.

Are biographies of executives and program staff available?

Build credibility and public trust by providing professional biographies for foundation executives and program staff. Staff biographies can also serve to help outside stakeholders find points of connection with those inside the foundation.

Is a list of Board members and their affiliations available?

Build credibility and public trust by using your website to reveal details about who is in charge of the foundation’s governance. Taking the extra step of posting board members’ affiliations helps outside stakeholders better understand the network and sphere of influence of the foundation.

Governance and Policies

Are the foundation's governing bylaws available?

Bylaws are an important governance document that serves as the operating manual for your foundation. Build credibility and public trust by using your website to reveal the details about how your foundation is governed.

Are the foundation's committee charters available?

Build credibility, public trust, and greater understanding by outside stakeholders of the governance roles and structure of your foundation.

Are policies guiding foundation staff conduct available?

Build credibility and public trust by sharing values and policies that demonstrate your organization’s commitment to professional and ethical conduct.

Are conflict of interest policies available?

Build credibility and public trust by sharing policies that demonstrate your commitment to professional and ethical conduct.

Does the foundation clearly specify what can and cannot be done with intellectual property it produces and/or funds? Broadly speaking an open license is one which grants permission to access, re-use, and redistribute a work with few or no restrictions.

Accelerate progress by making it easy for peers and partners to build on your body of work.

Staffing Policies and Diversity Data

Is a policy regarding the reporting of financial improprieties or other misconduct available?

Build credibility and public trust by sharing policies that demonstrate your commitment to professional and ethical conduct.

Is the process used to determine executive compensation described?

Build credibility and public trust by opening up the process by which you set executive compensation.

Does the foundation provide information about its commitment or policies relative to diversity and inclusion?

Build credibility and public trust by sharing values and policies that demonstrate your organization’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Is statistical information provided about the demographics of the foundation’s workforce and board leadership?

Demonstrate that your organization prioritizes diversity, equity, and inclusion by sharing diversity data.

Grantmaking Information

Is there a description provided explaining how the foundation selects its grantees (application process or pre-selection)?

Save valuable foundation and nonprofit staff time by clearly explaining the process by which the foundation selects its grantees. Include application guidelines, or if applications are not accepted, explain how one can introduce their work to your institution.

Are the foundation's grantmaking priorities or strategies outlined?

Save valuable foundation and nonprofit staff time by posting information that clearly outlines the foundation’s areas of focus so website visitors can quickly determine if there is alignment between the foundation’s priorities and their organization’s work.

Is there a searchable database of past grants or a grants list categorized by program area? Note: A grants list is accepted for foundations with fewer than 200 grants per year. A grants list should include recipient name, grant amount, and recipient location information.

Bring your work to life by using your website to share data about your grants and grantees. Foundation priorities are often broad; seeing recent grant descriptions gives outsiders greater insight into your work and current directions.

Planning and Performance Measurement

Is there a comprehensive assessment of overall foundation performance and effectiveness that measures progress toward the institutional mission and goals?

Demonstrate your commitment to creating a culture of shared learning across the field by opening up how your foundation measures its progress toward institutional goals.

Is there a centralized section of the foundation's web site that provides a collection of the foundation's program evaluations and lessons learned reports?

What shortcuts might your foundation’s lessons learned create for peers and partners? Encourage others to learn from your work by providing a central access point to the knowledge the foundation has commissioned or produced.

Is there an online mechanism in place so that grantees can regularly provide the foundation with feedback?

Strengthen relationships with grantees and create a culture of continuous improvement by making it easy for stakeholders to provide ongoing feedback via your website.

Has the foundation conducted a survey of its grantees and shared the results publicly?

Strengthen your foundation, and its relationships with grantees, by surveying grantees to learn from them how to improve your work. Demonstrate your commitment to improve, and potentially influence other funders in your field, by sharing what you learned and what has changed as a result of the survey.

Is information readily available that explains how the foundation defines its overall strategy, direction, and priority setting?

The problems foundations address are large ones that require collective action to solve. Sharing your strategic roadmap helps peers and partners understand if and where they might align, and how to join you on the journey.

Financial Information

Are the most recent audited financial statements available?

Build credibility and public trust by providing a link to your foundation’s audited financial statements on your website.

Is the most recent Form 990 or 990-PF available?

The 990 is an important regulatory document that annually provides a mechanism for transparency about your foundation’s governance, finance, operations, and expenditures. Demonstrate your commitment to transparency by providing a link to your most recent 990 on your website.

Are policy statements about how the foundation invests its endowment provided?

The majority of foundation endowments are invested in stocks. Build credibility and public trust by explaining your foundation’s approach to managing your institution’s investments.

Communications Channels

List the foundation's main website and any additional websites maintained by the foundation.

Is the current annual report on the foundation's website?

Does the foundation use e-newsletters, and can the public sign up for them on the foundation's website?

Does the foundation have a blog?

Does the foundation make use of social media/networking sites?

Does the foundation use RSS feeds to send alerts and updates about its work?

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