Posts tagged to 'Transparency'

Practicing What They Preach: The Hill-Snowdon Foundation’s Progressive Personnel Policies

Posted by Nat Chioke Williams and Rachel Ogorek on July 16, 2018

"We have learned that it is not just about having progressive personnel policies; an organization should have a work environment that is also supportive of feeding people's passions and their purposes in life."

The Lasting Value of Transparency

Posted by Richard Russell and Richard Woo on January 25, 2018

Transparency enhances our ability to learn, to lead, to reach consensus, and even agree to disagree. That’s because adopting a mindset of transparency encourages deeper participation and helps us stay focused on our mission. As a result, we tend to be more successful and satisfied working together because we know more about what’s going on.

Nurturing Relationships with Transparency

Posted by Richard Russell and Richard Woo on September 28, 2017

Transparency is a powerful force when used appropriately. The trick is deciding what is “appropriate” across a wide range of contacts and interactions. In our prior blog posts, we shared our experience cultivating transparency through the lens of finding balance and sharing knowledge. This time around, we want to concentrate on ways to harness transparency for mutual benefit.

Three Things That Local Organizations Know But Foundations Often Miss

Posted by Kris Putnam-Walkerly on August 15, 2017

These aren’t aspects of success that you can measure with metrics or data, and they are things that many funders often either take for granted or completely overlook. Yet, when they are present, they make a night-and-day difference in effectiveness.

Practicing Transparency for Discovery and Learning

Posted by Richard Russell and Richard Woo on April 27, 2017

For us, transparency is as much about discovery as disclosure.

What is Overhead, Anyway?

Posted by Kylie Musolf on March 15, 2017

Overhead is one of the first concepts any philanthropist learns. It includes all of those administrative and fundraising costs that we secretly wish our nonprofit colleagues didn’t have to worry about. But what exactly is overhead, anyway?

Transparency, Privacy, and Trust: Finding Balance for Family Foundations

Posted by Richard Russell and Richard Woo on February 27, 2017

As a group, family philanthropies put a lot of energy into connecting with our constituents. We do this joyfully because we know that strong, trusting relationships are vital to our success and the communities we serve.

A Rockefeller Family Foundation Turns Over Some New Leaves

Posted by Lukas Haynes and Michael Quattrone on January 13, 2017

Over the past 18 months, the trustees and staff of the David Rockefeller Fund have embarked on a journey to engage a new generation of family trustees and reinvent a 25 year-old family foundation for a new century of philanthropic challenges.

Have We Properly Verified the Tax-Exempt Status of Our Grantees?

Posted by Adrian Bordone on January 11, 2017

Every grant award offers a potential risk that should be understood and properly mitigated. Providing grants to a charity that has had its tax-exempt status revoked — even unknowingly — can lead to the disbursement being considered a taxable expenditure, prevent foundations from meeting the annual 5 percent distribution requirement, and cause the IRS to levy excise taxes — stiff fines — on the foundations involved.

GEO's Change Incubator

Posted by Lori Bartczak on July 18, 2016

GEO’s Change Incubator is designed to help grantmakers strengthen relationships with their grantees in a way that leads to better impact. While GEO’s participating teams are still in the early stages of this work, they have started sharing some of what they are learning and how these lessons can be...

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