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Latest Releases From the Field- Late February 2018

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Check out the latest releases from around the nonprofit sector featuring items from Blackbaud, Council on Foundations, Exponent Philanthropy, Fidelity Charitable, First Nations Development Institute, Grantmakers in the Arts and Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

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2018 Foundation Operations and Management Report
Exponent Philanthropy
This year's report finds that women are most likely to lead leanly staffed foundations, which comprise the majority of foundations in the United States. Two-thirds of the top administrators of leanly staffed foundations are women, yet they earn, on average, 84 cents for every dollar paid to men. Lean philanthropy is dominated by individuals who identify as white. Nearly forty percent (39%) of leanly staffed foundations reported having non-white representation on their boards, however, and one-third (33%) of foundations reported having non-white representation among their staff.

From the Field

2017 Charitable Giving Report
The 2017 Charitable Giving Report tracks nearly $30 billion in U.S.-based charitable giving from the Blackbaud Index. This report provides a first look at 2017 giving data for use as a head start on benchmarking an organization’s performance and advancing fundraising strategies for 2018.

Local Leadership, Global Impact 
Council on Foundations
COF has released a report about the impact community foundations can make in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The report, in part a landscape analysis of how community foundations already impact their local communities, also encourages international development and community foundation professionals to collaborate, learn and take collective action to achieve major global progress on the SDGs by 2030. It recommends ten steps for community foundations looking to use the SDGs as a tool to improve quality of life in their communities. These steps include learning about the SDGs, mapping the SDGs to local challenges, using data to create local goals, building cross-sector ownership of solutions and monitoring progress locally. 

2018 Giving Report: Insights Into Fidelity Charitable Donors and How They Give
Fidelity Charitable
Last year, Fidelity Charitable gave $4.5 billion across more than 1 million donor-recommended grants, to nearly 127,000 nonprofit organizations. The report analysis reveals an upward trajectory of charities specifically focused on targeted issues, such as disaster relief, civil liberties and the environment. Disaster relief was one of the major themes in donor support last year with more than 20,000 Giving Accounts supporting disaster relief causes; the top three most popular charities across all Fidelity Charitable donors were the American National Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders USA and The Salvation Army. 

Community Foundation Giving to Native American Causes
First Nations Development Institute
Community foundations often fall short when it comes to giving in support of Native American organizations and causes according to this new report. Based on 2012-14 data from a hundred and sixty-three community foundations in ten states, the report, found that on average just 0.15 percent of total giving in each state supported Native American causes. The largest number of grants were awarded in support of environmental causes (29.7 percent of the total), followed by general operating support (18 percent), education (12.6 percent), social services and community welfare (11.7 percent), economic development (10 percent), youth (8.4 percent), arts and culture (6.3 percent), and health (3.3 percent). The report also highlights emerging trends in community foundation funding for Native American organizations and causes, including efforts to create designated funds targeting Alaska Native communities — for example, the Alaska Conservation Foundation's Alaska Native Fund and the Alaska Community Foundation's Alaska Native Social Justice Fund — and the growing number of tribal governments establishing their own foundations (e.g., the Forest County Potawatomi Foundation and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community).

Arts Funding at Twenty-Five: What Data and Analysis Continue to Tell Funders About the Field
Grantmakers in the Arts
Funding for arts and culture remains a significant but somewhat less important priority for corporations and U.S. foundations.The report finds that estimated giving for the arts by U.S. foundations totaled $4.9 billion in 2014, up from $3.7 billion in 2000. But after adjusting for inflation, the value of foundation support for the arts declined by 3 percent over that period. Marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of GIA's initial arts funding benchmarking study the report found that the single largest share of revenue for U.S. arts organizations — and the overwhelming source of revenue for most other types of nonprofits — is earned income, including fees for services from private and government sources, investment income, and other revenue.

The Philanthropy Outlook 2018 & 2019
Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and Marts & Lundy
The charitable giving landscape in the U.S. is likely to see significant changes over the next two years, driven by the combined effects of new tax legislation and macroeconomic conditions according to this new report. It focuses on directional changes in — rather than numerical estimates of — giving under high-growth, uneven-growth and flat-growth scenarios for the U.S. economy. All three scenarios assume, however, that the impact of the new tax bill on giving by individuals will be negative, with the increase in the standard deduction reducing tax incentives for giving among non-itemizers despite the modest reduction in the top marginal rate. The report's high-growth scenario projects that strong growth in personal income, net worth, and consumption will help offset the dampening effect on individual giving, while corporate and foundation giving will remain strong. In terms of issue areas, the report projects that major gifts to institutions of higher education as well as in support of K-12 initiatives will continue to lead the pack in 2018 and 2019, while giving in the area of health will depend in part on consumer expenditures on health care and education.