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This year, give the gift of transparency

In Viewpoints by Andrew Means0 Comments

It’s that time of the year again. End of year appeals are going out. Annual reports are being drafted. And each of them is going to contain stories—lots and lots of stories. Stories about how powerful our programs are. Stories that show lives being changed. Stories that are meant to compel readers to open up their wallets and help us create …

Notes From The Field: Ambassador Curtis S. Chin on “Transparency, Credibility, and Commitment: Precursors to Progress”

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In this dispatch of Markets For Good | Notes From The Field, our guest contributor, Ambassador Curtis S. Chin, approaches the information infrastructure topic from a policy perspective. Using developing, high-growth economies as a backdrop, he focuses on three levers that business, governments and the social sector need to manage well for equitable economic growth. Ignoring them, he says, can …

Nonprofit Data and the Arc of History

In Profiles & Interviews by Darin McKeever3 Comments

Originally published by Impatient Optimists … Last month, the Aspen Institute hosted a forum where they released a new report entitled “Information for Impact: Liberating Nonprofit Sector Data.”  The report by researchers Beth Noveck and Daniel Goroff focuses on how the U.S. currently collects, digitizes, and distributes data about charities through an annual reporting return called the Form 990 and …

Notes From The Field: The Reporting Commitment

In Profiles & Interviews by Digital Impact0 Comments

Markets For Good talks with Jeannine Corey , Director of Grants Information Management of The Foundation Center for an update on the Reporting Commitment, an initiative launched by a group of the largest U.S. foundations. We read many announcements of start-ups, projects, and initiatives; but, it’s good to check in from time to time to learn about the work happening …

From Raw Data To Informed Decisions: What We Can Learn From The Financial Sector

In Profiles & Interviews by Sunand Menon2 Comments

The complexity of the “data” question is evident to the point of new cliché. Regardless of whether it is cliché or not, we have to deal with it. After any given round of wrestling with the question, we can often sense ways forward that are simple, powerful, and counterintuitive. That’s a small consolation en route to the next hard part: …

News: “MicroEdge Partners with Foundation Center on Glasspockets Transparency Initiative”

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Markets For Good seeks to connect, align, and accelerate the work already in progress toward better use and sharing of data in the social sector. In that spirit, we keep an eye out to highlight other initiatives, events, etc. that are advancing the cause. Here is one to note, related to the significant and visible movements toward more transparency in …

A New Reporting Commitment

In Profiles & Interviews by Darin McKeever0 Comments

Guest post from Darin McKeever, a deputy director at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, regarding a major new agreement among a few of the US’ largest foundations: The Reporting Commitment. At the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we firmly believe transparency is a key ingredient in maximizing impact because it inspires new innovations and leads to opportunities for collaboration.