Steps to Transparency

Figuring out where to begin improving your foundation's transparency can be a challenge. This infographic shows our step-by-step approach to help you make strategic decisions in the context of your own foundation's values and culture. To give you a leg up with internal conversations we've even created a PDF version for you to share with colleagues.

Steps to Transparency 1 Read "Opening Up: Demystifying Funder Transparency," and have a discussion with foundation leadership about the value that transparency can bring to your work. 2 Review the "Who Has Glass Pockets?" indicators to learn how to improve your foundation's transparency practices. 3 Use the Transparency Trends benchmarking tool to assess yoru foundation's transparency and how you might improve it. 4 Conduct a grantee/stakeholder survey to assess your foundation's current accessibility and accountability practices to help inform next steps. 5 Discuss the survey findings and in the context of your foundation's values, determine where greater transparency could address feedback received in your survey. 6 Review "Who Has Glass Pockets?" profiles to gather ideas and inspiration from how other foundations organize and share content online. 7 Add new content to your website to increase your foundation's transparency and add your foundation to Glasspockets 8 Review Foundation Transparency 2.0 for examples on how yor foundation peers use social media. 9 Join the Reporting Commitment or become an eGrant Reporter and share your grantmaking with the world. 10 Share your foundation's reports, research, case studies, and evaluations on IssueLab. Now... Go back to Step 1

Make transparency your default mode!

Instead of asking, "Why should I share this?" ask “Why not share this?”

If you have questions, aren't sure where to start, or need some inspiration, our Glasspockets team is here to help! Let us hear from you at glasspockets@foundationcenter.org.