Analogy of the Day

From the Chronicle of Philanthropy:

Beth Noveck, the former U.S. deputy chief technology officer for open government and a co-author of the Aspen Institute report, likens proposals to create a public database of nonprofit financial information to recent efforts by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to make government-collected data on health trends available online.

By making such data publicly available, researchers can, for instance, map the spread of infectious diseases in real time, says Ms. Noveck.

When it comes to nonprofit finances and accountability, if your first thought is “malaria,” then I’m guessing you are not too confident that things are going well.