Communications and Transparency
This unit provides additional reading and guidance on the many considerations around foundation communications and transparency in a media-driven world. For a wide variety of additional resources on this topic, visit NCFP’s Family Philanthropy Online Knowledge Center.
This guide is not so much about how to tell a good story, but about how to use “narrative strategies”— strategies that use storytelling to advance social change.
What choices do you have when it comes to transparency? How open and accessible is your family foundation—to the extended family, to grant seekers and partners, to the public? This guide examines how family funders are thinking, acting—and not acting—when it comes to choices around transparency.
Visibility and impact are often the first decisions made by philanthropists when contemplating a major gift. This guide encourages donors to discover and adopt the giving style that best reflects their values, respects their wishes, and inspires continued giving.