When we promote transparency, we promote philanthropy because making information freely available improves the practice of philanthropy and adds to the credibility of the field.

  • Increasing public trust 
  • Reducing duplication of effort 
  • Building a community of shared learning
  • Facilitating greater collaboration


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.


Discover How Philanthropy is Becoming Transparent


Who Has Glass Pockets?

We're showcasing the online transparency and accountability practices of foundations. Based on what we are seeing in current practice, we identified 25 online transparency and accountability practices in areas including contact information, governance, policies, diversity data, grantmaking information, plannning and performance measurement, and financial information. Does your foundation have "glass pockets?"


Eye on the Giving Pledge

Since 2010, 154 of the world's wealthiest individuals and families have joined the Giving Pledge, publicly declaring their intentions to commit the majority of their assets to philanthropic causes. GlassPockets is keeping an eye on the Giving Pledge, providing an in-depth picture of the participants and their publicly-known charitable activities. 

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

 - Russell Leffingwell, Chair, Carnegie Corporation, 1952

Ways to be Transparent

Sharing 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. 

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Building Websites

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.

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Sharing 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. 

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Knowledge Services

Knowledge Services are data-driven tools and content-rich platforms developed by Foundation Center for funders and their networks, consultants, advisors, and grantees.

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