The Trump Cabinet and Philanthropy: By the Numbers
New, non-partisan resource details the Trump Administration’s engagement with foundations and philanthropy
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New York, NY — January 31, 2017. Glasspockets, a Foundation Center initiative that champions transparency in philanthropy, has launched Eye on the Trump Cabinet, a data-driven resource that documents the charitable activities and contributions of Cabinet members and nominees.
Many of these individuals have been active in foundations and nonprofit organizations – so how might their philanthropic involvements relate to the responsibilities they will assume in government? To help answer such questions, Eye on the Trump Cabinet has individual profiles based on publicly available data that show how nominated and confirmed Cabinet members have used their private wealth for the public good. Profiles include:
- Estimated net worth and giving interests
- Biographical facts, news, and links
- Foundations and nonprofits with which members or nominees are or have been involved
- Links to those organizations’ profiles in Foundation Directory Online (FDO) Quick Start, with details about their finances, grants, and beneficiaries as well as searchable tax returns (Forms 990)
"In the past year, we’ve received inquiries from all over the world about the role of philanthropy as the new Administration takes office," explained Bradford K. Smith, president of Foundation Center. "Such concerns are nothing new. The relationship between government and the philanthropic sector can be one of collaboration, disagreement, or both, but it has been part of the fabric of American democracy for more than 100 years." In fact, Foundation Center, itself a nonprofit, was born as a trusted public information service in 1956 out of McCarthy-era hearings accusing foundations of supporting un-American activities.
Janet Camarena, director of transparency initiatives, added, "By making this data available for free online, Eye on the Trump Cabinet seeks to build relevant, unbiased understanding in the best tradition of Foundation Center."
Eye on the Trump Cabinet is powered by FDO’s database of 140,000 in-depth grantmaker profiles and five million grant histories. Thousands of nonprofits subscribe to FDO, the world’s preeminent prospect research tool, to find like-minded funders. Subscribers also include researchers, journalists, and advocates who need to know what grantmakers are funding.
About Foundation Center
Established in 1956, Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. Foundation Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level. Thousands of people visit Foundation Center's website each day and are served in its five regional library/learning centers and its network of more than 450 funding information centers located in public libraries, community foundations, and educational institutions nationwide and around the world. For more information, please visit foundationcenter.org or call (212) 620-4230 or tweet @fdncenter.
Glasspockets is a Foundation Center initiative that champions philanthropic transparency in an online world. Launched in 2010, but with roots dating back to the Center’s founding in 1956, Glasspockets provides the data, resources, examples, and action steps foundations need to understand the value of transparency, be more open in their own communications, and help shed more light on how private organizations are serving the public good.