It is time for Australian philanthropy to move past its negative associations with the word transparency, writes Krystian Seibert, Policy & Research Manager with Philanthropy Australia. “Better information will enable a more strategic approach to philanthropy, helping ensure that there is less duplication and more coordination and collaboration between philanthropic organisations.”
It will be interesting to see if the Un-Survey lives up to this expectation, but at this early stage it seems a great example of an effort to expand participation, transparency, and accountability since anyone can ask a question, vote on those questions already asked, and help inform the direction of not just the web design, but ultimately of answers and knowledge to be shared. Article by Janet Camarena.
“When you trade isolation for communication, you can discover new ideas, increase the efficiency and effectiveness of your foundation, find new opportunities to do good and improve the trust that the public has in what you’re doing—and all of that will strengthen your foundation, improve the world, and grow your legacy even more. Make a commitment to build communities, not boundaries.”
Data is used in many different ways in the social sector. We know that nonprofits collect and analyze their data to measure the effectiveness of their services, and that strategic nonprofits use open data to better position their outreach and services. The same is true for foundations, but these applications are often conducted within the silos of the organizations. Data espouses positive effects when it is shared, or, to put it in more familiar terms, when we are transparent with it. Article by Natasha Isajlovic-Terry
From Transparency Talk, Glasspockets Find: A View of Transparency from the 2013 European Foundation Centre Conference: In accepting the Compass Prize at the recent closing plenary session of the European Foundation Centre’s 2013 Annual General Assembly and Conference in Copenhagen, Dr. Rien van Gendt broached the topic of transparency. In his remarks, van Gendt observed…
“I think that foundations, as public trusts, are under an obligation (still undefined) to make their information public. The 990s alone just don’t cut it.” Read the Glasspockets interview.