Foundation transparency


When we promote transparency, we promote philanthropy

GlassPockets provides the data, resources, examples, and action steps foundations need to understand the value of transparency, be more open in their own communications, and help shed more light on how private organizations are serving the public good.

A transparent pocket with a wallet and change visible inside

"We think that the foundation should have glass pockets.”

- Russell Leffingwell, Chair, Carnegie Corporation, 1952

Ways to be transparent

  • Share knowledge 
    In a knowledge-intensive sector like ours, it is critical that foundations not only share information about what they fund, but also information about what they and their grantees are learning from their work. By sharing your research and reports on IssueLab, funders and practitioners can build on each other's lessons learned and better understand the results of our collective commitments, efforts, and investments. 
    Visit IssueLab

  • Create a website
    Fewer than 10 percent of U.S. foundations have a website, a basic, yet powerful communications tool. We can provide your foundation with a professionally designed and maintained website without the cost or the administrative hassle.
    Learn about our Foundation Websites service

  • Share your grants data
    Sharing your grants data with us electronically helps the public understand your work. We make it easy with the Reporting Commitment and e-grant reporting. 
    Learn how to share your data