What Story Does your 990 Tell about your Foundation?
The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly
The IRS now releases e-filed Forms 990 and 990-PF as machine-readable, open data. Anyone - from journalists to researchers to activists - can aggregate this data and make comparisons, correlations, and judgments about your foundation's work faster than ever before - and all without your input. It is time to start thinking about your 990 as a communication's vehicle, making sure that you are telling a full and accurate story right at the source.
This Communications Network webinar -- featuring Brad Smith, Foundation Center's president, and Janet Camarena, FC's director of transparency initiatives -- gets right to the challenges and opportunities ahead, showing how the 990 can play an even greater more effective role in the brave new world of open data.
Transparency and Technology Tools for Grantmakers
The webinars below were presented in partnership with California Philanthropy and the James Irvine Foundation. This webinar series explores how harnessing the power of transparency can facilitate greater collaboration, reduce duplication of effort, build stronger relationships with stakeholders, and cultivate a community of shared learning.
Equipping Your Foundation for the Age of Transparency and Big Data
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. This webinar, led by Foundation Center President Bradford K. Smith, explores how grantmakers can use Big Data to inform their work. (June 10, 2013)
What Do We Know? Tapping the Social Sector’s Collective Intelligence
How can you amplify the impact of the knowledge you create, fund, and produce? This webinar addresses how social sector research can help your organization fulfill its mission. It also provides an introduction to IssueLab, the Foundation Center's free database of more than 13,000 white papers, case studies, and evaluations. (September 10, 2013)
Transparency 2.0: Foundations in the Age of Social Media
Learn how to harness social tools to better manage information flow, collaborate with your team, and operate more transparently. This webinar discusses proven techniques to stay on top of industry trends, participate in mission-related conversations, and reduce your e-mail and meeting schedule. (October 17, 2013)