The Foundation Center announced a new effort called Glasspockets last week. The name comes from Russell Leffingwell, Chair of the Carnegie Corporation in 1952, “We think that the foundation shoudl have glass pockets.”
The site dives deep into the internal processes, rules and procedures of ten of the largest foundations in the country: Carnegie, Ford, Gates, Hewlett, Irvine, Kellogg, MacArthur, Packard, Moore and Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
Each foundation has a page on the site. On each page is a long list of criteria intended to add up to transparency and accountability. The list includes governance policies, hr procedures, financial information, performance measurement and communications channel. Each broad category is broken down into sub parts. For instance, here is the portion of the page for the Carnegie Corporation dedicated to governance: