In 1952 Russell Leffingwell, chair of the Carnegie Corporation, stated that "the foundation should have glass pockets" during his testimony before the Cox Commission, convened to investigate foundations for alleged support for "un-American activities." It was as a result of the Cox hearing, along with the Reece Commission that followed, that the Foundation Center was born in 1956 as a "strategic gathering place for knowledge about foundations."
At the beginning of 2010 the Foundation Center created Glasspockets, a web site dedicated to bringing transparency to the world of philanthropy. We're excited to announce that Glasspockets has now launched Transparency Talk, a space for conversation about what foundation transparency and accountability look like in today's information age.
Our first segment of Transparency Talk is a podcast with Lucy Bernholz, founder and president of Blueprint Research and Design, blogger, and co-author of Disrupting Philanthropy: Technology and the Future of the Social Sector.
Is technology disrupting your philanthropic efforts? Is it making foundations more transparent? If so, how? Join the conversation.
-- Natasha Isajlovic-Terry, Assistant Librarian, Foundation Center-San Francisco