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Cultivating a Culture of Accountability and Transparency

What Practices Demonstrate Transparency and Accountability?

Accountability and transparency can be demonstrated by a variety practices, including:

Other important aspects of creating a culture of transparency and accountability include adopting an internal complaint procedure for staff and volunteers, and a whistleblower policy in accordance with state laws for whistleblower protection.

Read about other important governance policies for charitable nonprofits; Resources for adopting a code of ethics.

State Specific Resources on Nonprofit Accountability and Transparency

Did you know that 19 state associations of nonprofits have adopted practices and principles or standards for excellence for the nonprofits in their states?

Transparency for foundations:

  • Learn about Glasspockets.org, a project of the Foundation Center, launched in early 2010, to encourage transparency in foundation operations in the digital age.