About the Reporting Commitment
The Reporting Commitment is an initiative aimed at developing more timely, accurate, and precise reporting on the flow of philanthropic dollars, in an effort to more effectively address the issues facing our communities and our world.
Initiated by a group of the largest U.S. foundations and publicly launched in October 2012, the Reporting Commitment is grounded in the belief that accurate and accessible information is critical to effective collaboration, strategic decision making, and a more engaged philanthropy sector. Since the public launch, five additional foundations have joined the Reporting Commitment: the VNA Foundation, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, and the Mary Black Foundation.
The Foundation Center was selected as a partner to support the participants' reporting goals, with the Center's Glasspockets web site serving as a hub for the data and knowledge tools coming out of the Reporting Commitment.
Participate in the Project
Foundations around the world - large and small - are encouraged to join the Reporting Commitment, contributing to the transparency of the field and the knowledge resources that drive philanthropic impact.
Participants in the Reporting Commitment agree to make grant information available to each other and the public at least quarterly in a machine-readable, open format and coded to a geographic standard developed by the Foundation Center known as GeoTree.
The Foundation Center, which is available as a resource for all interested foundations, can provide guidance and supporting materials on various aspects of the initiative, including:
- Understanding the options available to foundations that want to participate in the Reporting Commitment;
- Evaluating which reporting method is best for each foundation, and;
- Outlining next steps.
Contact the Foundation Center for more information on how to become a Reporting Commitment participant. Foundations can also explore the hGrant section of our website to learn more about this reporting method, the software partners who support the hGrant standard, and the hGrant for WordPress plugin developed to make sharing grants data easy for foundations of all sizes.