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Latest Releases from the Field- Late June 2017

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Check out the latest releases from around the nonprofit sector featuring items from The Building Movement Project, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Center for Effective Philanthropy, National Center for Family Philanthropy, and U.S. Trust.

2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book
The Annie E. Casey Foundation

This latest Data Book shows the child poverty rate in 2015 continued to drop, landing at 21%. In addition, children experienced gains in reading proficiency and a significant increase in the number of kids with health insurance. However, the data indicate that unacceptable levels of children living in poverty and in high-poverty neighborhoods persist. In this year’s report, New Hampshire ranked first among states for overall child well-being, moving up one from 2016. Massachusetts and Vermont filled out the top three. Louisiana, New Mexico and Mississippi were the three lowest-ranked states.

2017 U.S. Trust Insights on Wealth and Worth
U.S. Trust

In the 2017 survey, U.S. Trust asked over 800 high-net-worth individuals their thoughts on investing, the workplace, family relationships, philanthropy and more. A generational shiſt is now more apparent than ever. Today, differing beliefs and behaviors between younger and older generations can cause conflict, but that disagreement can also provide opportunities for innovation and redefining impact.

The Apparitional Donor: Understanding and Engaging High Net Worth Donors of Color
Urvashi Vaid and Ashindi Maxton, 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 research, and outlines a set of recommendations. It finds that high net-worth donors of color are generous and philanthropically engaged, but remain absent as members of organized donor networks, invisible to mainstream philanthropy and largely not visible or known to each other.

Benchmarking Program Officer Roles and Responsibilities
The Center for Effective Philanthropy

To learn more about the role that program officers play at foundations and with nonprofits, CEP surveyed 150 randomly selected program officers at foundations that give at least $5 million annually about their views and experiences. Based on survey responses, this report provides a comprehensive collection of benchmarking data on topics ranging from the professional and educational backgrounds of program officers, to technical information about the structure of the program officer role, to program officers’ perspectives on certain aspects of their work, such as the funder-grantee dynamic. 

Opportunity of a Lifetime 2.0: Multigenerational Family Philanthropy
National Center for Family Philanthropy

This issue brief helps families understand how to best involve multiple generations in their work. It includes information on why you should involve the entire family in your giving, strategies for incorporating younger generations into your foundation’s work, common challenges and expert approaches, tips for on boarding new generations into your foundation, and suggestions for next generation family members who are getting involved in their families’ philanthropy.

Race to Lead: Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap
Building Movement Project

The percentage of people of color in nonprofit executive director roles has remained under 20% for the past decade. To increase the number of people of color leading nonprofits, the sector needs a new narrative about the problem and new strategies to address it. Nonprofits have to transfer the responsibility for the racial leadership gap from those who are targeted by it (aspiring leaders of color), to those governing organizations.