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Latest Releases From the Field- Early November 2018

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Check out the latest releases from around the nonprofit sector featuring items from the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Center for Effective Philanthropy, Foundation Center, Funders Concerned About AIDS, GrantCraft, National Philanthropic Trust and Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers.

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Advancing Racial Equity Through Capacity Building: The Kresge Foundation’s Talent and Leadership Development Efforts
In philanthropy, we increasingly hear conversations about supporting leadership development and racial equity, but less often do we see funders dedicating funding towards these issues. This case study explores the lessons learned, and value-add when funders make an investment in leadership with an intentional focus on racial equity. 

Deciding Together: Shifting Power and Resources Through Participatory Grantmaking
Funders are increasingly looking to engage the communities they serve in the grantmaking process, but there are few resources about how to do so. This guide explores how funders can engage in participatory grantmaking and cede decision-making power about funding decisions to the very communities they aim to serve. Created with input from a number of participatory grantmakers, the guide shares challenges, lessons learned, and best practices for engaging in inclusive grantmaking. 

Understanding & Sharing What Works: The State of Foundation Practice
The Center for Effective Philanthropy
Assessing the performance of a foundation is notoriously challenging. CEP surveyed private and community foundation leaders regarding what they know about what is and isn’t working in their foundations’ efforts to achieve their goals. Drawing from 119 survey responses and in-depth interviews with 41 foundation CEOs, CEP’s new report finds that while the majority of foundation CEOs believe they understand well what is working in their programmatic efforts, more than 40 percent believe their foundation is not investing enough time and money in developing that understanding. The report is accompanied by a series of in-depth profiles to further examine what foundations are doing to understand and share their work. The profiled funders include Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Weingart Foundation, Communities Foundation of Texas, and Impetus-PEF.

Last Mile Funding: Improving Practice in Philanthropic Funding of Community Action on AIDS 
Funders Concerned About AIDS
The report highlights the ways in which funders can more effectively support community-based responses to HIV and AIDS. For the past year, FCAA has worked to better understand what effective funding for community-based action on AIDS looks like today and where opportunities exist for improvement going forward. As part of this effort, it commissioned a study based on a comprehensive literature review as well as interviews with community-based organizations (CBOs), funders and other key stakeholders. Thereport highlights the findings from this undertaking, identifying the challenges facing community-based organizations and the best practices that have proven most effective in addressing them.

Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy
Center for Disaster Philanthropy & Foundation Center
The fifth edition of this annual report features U.S. disaster philanthropy in 2016 and reflects giving to Hurricane Matthew, the Flint water crisis, catastrophic flooding in Louisiana and other disasters. New this year is an analysis of contributions by non-U.S. donors, public charities and smaller U.S. foundations.

Our Region, Our Giving 2018
Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
The latest edition of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers’ report, takes a look at WRAG member giving in the Greater Washington region in 2017. This snapshot of its membership’s philanthropy represents over $217.6 million in giving to nonprofit organizations that serve the region and nearly $3.6 billion in assets. The report also takes a closer look at impact investing and what kinds of activities WRAG members are engaged in to advance racial equity in their grantmaking and within their own institutions.

Strengthening Fundraising Capacity: How the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund is Supporting Innovation
Financial sustainability is a constant challenge for many grantees, yet support for fundraising often gets left behind. This case study explores how one funder addressed these challenges through design-thinking, collaborating with consultants, and co-creating with their grantees. It reminds us that fundraising is a core leadership capacity funders need to support. 

Others in the Field

The 2018 DAF Report
National Philanthropic Trust
The 12th annual Donor-Advised Fund Report examines 2013 through 2017 fiscal year data from 1,002 charities. For the eighth consecutive year, there was growth in all key metrics — number of individual donor-advised funds, total grant dollars from them, total contributions to them and total charitable assets in them. Charitable assets in donor-advised funds totaled $110.01 billion, surpassing the $100 billion mark for the first time. Grants from donor-advised funds to qualified charities increased nearly 20 percent from 2016 to 2017, a faster rate of growth than almost every year prior. Contributions rose 16.5 percent in that same time, which is a healthy rate of growth, but slower than the prior year.

The Apparitional Donor: Understanding and Engaging High Net-Worth Donors of Color
Faces of Giving and Vaid Group
This landscape analysis looks at the giving patterns and priorities of high net worth people of color.  It summarizes information from interviews, shares insights gathered from a meta analysis of research, and outlines a set of recommendations. The report finds that although the priorities, interests and experiences of HNW donors of color are largely invisible in discussions of mainstream philanthropy, HNW people of color number over 1 million people. Yet, these donors remain isolated from each other, are not present within existing donor networks of HNW individuals, and that the funding these donors provide remains less widely known even to organizations in the fields of work in which they are giving.