Transparency in Philanthropy: An Analysis of Accountability, Fallacy, and Volunteerism

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The latest in a series of guidebooks on topics of interest within the philanthropic community, this new book by John Tyler, General Counsel of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, is designed to help philanthropic organizations plan and think about what information they will release to the public and how they will do it.
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Foundation Communications Today: Findings from the Communications Network 2011 Survey of Foundation Communications Professionals

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This survey of 155 foundation communicators shows that U.S. foundations are making use of all forms of digital communications, especially social media, a top priority. The survey results suggest the growth of social media and other emerging digital technologies is changing the way foundations communicate with target audiences and that the role of communications is becoming more central to forging and implementing foundation strategies.

Are Foundation Leaders Using Social Media?

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This report, which documents the usage of social media tools by foundation executives based on survey responses from members of the Center's Grantmaker Leadership Panel, finds that about one-third of foundation CEOs surveyed regularly use Facebook or read blogs, and that only six percent use Twitter. It also analyzes the perceived usefulness of Web 2.0 in philanthropic work, and highlights the social media activity of two "power users" in the field.

How Foundations Use Communications to Advance Their Public Policy Work

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This study examines how foundations that wish to engage in public policy are using communications to expand the reach and impact of their work. It reveals that communications is at the very center of successful policy engagement for the foundations interviewed, which make use of ten distinctly different strategies to boost their policy engagement. Among the foundations included in the study are The Atlantic Philanthropies, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.


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