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"The Battle for Transparency in the Nonprofit Sector"

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Slides from a presentation Ken Berger, President & CEO of Charity Navigator, gave a in Toronto, Canada at the annual Being Good at Doing Good Conference. The presentation expressed his views on the battle we face in trying to get nonprofit organizations to become more transparent worldwide and efforts at Charity Navigator to encourage them to do so.

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"The Battle for Transparency in the Nonprofit Sector"

  1. 1. The Battle for Transparency in the Nonprofit Sector Presentation at Being Good at Doing Good 2012 Conference Ken Berger, President & CEO Charity Navigator February 13, 2012Presented by Ken Berger, Pres. & CEO of Charity Navigator
  2. 2. Your Guide Where the to HeartIntelligent Meets the Giving Mind
  3. 3. WHY IS THERE A BATTLE FOR TRANSPARENCY?
  4. 4. THE EXCUSES FOR LACK OF TRANSPARENCY• A Fear of Fallout from Potential Criticism• It’s All About the Work• Lack of Resources• Bored Boards• Donor Indifference• The Growth Motive• Inadequate Monitoring (Internal & External)
  5. 5. THE BATTLE WON (The Nonprofit Marketplace Hewlett Foundation, 2008)
  6. 6. THE INFORMATION INTERMEDIARY PROBLEM
  7. 7. 2011: CN 2.0 - TRANSPARENCY IS RATED
  8. 8. NEXT UP: TRANSPARENCY IN REPORTING RESULTS Does your organization provide the following information on your web site? 1. Results logic and measures 2. Constituency voice (beneficiary and other stakeholder feedback via surveys) 3. Compliance with certification and standard bodies as well as Independent evaluations for all programs
  9. 9. A FEW OTHER SUGGESTIONS FROM 30 YEARS3 CORE VALUES:• TEAM MODEL• CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT PROCESS• CLIENT CENTERED APPROACH
  10. 10. A FEW ORGANIZATIONAL QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER1. Does the nonprofit evidence honest and open communication with all audiences – clients, funders, staff and the general public?2. Does it have a willingness to acknowledge not just the accomplishments, but the failures and challenges?3. Does the organization evidence transparency and accountability in its actions? For example, does it have a whistle blower policy? Does it review executive compensation in an objective manner and report this to stakeholders?
  11. 11. A SMALL GLIMPSE AT OUR FUTURE
  12. 12. OUR BEST HOPE !Transparent Nonprofit Leaders
  13. 13. Your Questions & Our Web Addresses Website: www.charitynavigator.org Blogs: www.kenscommentary.org blog.charitynavigator.org Twitter- kenscommentaryEmail – kberger@charitynavigator.org

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