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New Releases Roundup: December 2020

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Latest Releases From the FieldCheck out the latest releases from around the nonprofit sector featuring items from Alliance Magazine, Asset Funders Network, Center for Effective Philanthropy, Council of Michigan Foundations, Exponent Philanthropy, Funders Concerned About AIDS, Gateway Center for Giving, Grantmakers for Education, Minnesota Council on Foundations, Native Americans in Philanthropy, Philanthropy Massachusetts and Philanthropy Northwest.

Member Resources

Foundations Respond to Crisis: Toward Equity?
Center for Effective Philanthropy
CEP surveyed and interviewed foundation leaders to find out to what extent staffed foundations have changed their practices in 2020 in response to a push for substantial shifts in how philanthropy approaches its work. The report reveals that almost all foundations participating in the study report placing new, or more, focus on supporting Black, Latino, and lower-income communities; and most foundation leaders say they are reckoning with racism and paying greater attention to racial equity in their work.

Foundations Respond to Crisis: Toward Greater Flexibility and Responsiveness?
Center for Effective Philanthropy
Findings in this report are based on survey data gathered from 236 foundations—170 of which signed the pledge hosted by the Council on Foundations to act urgently in response to COVID-19, and 66 of which had not — as well as in-depth interviews with leaders of 41 foundations that signed the pledge. The report reveals that foundations say they are loosening grant restrictions, providing more unrestricted funding, and reducing what they ask of grantees. 

An Evaluation of Private Foundation Model Portfolios, Investment Returns, and Payout Rates
Council of Michigan Foundations
In 2020 CMF partnered with the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy and Plante Moran Financial Advisors to deepen and expand past research exploring the 5% payout rate, building on the learnings of previous studies commissioned over the past 20 years. The report captures the most comprehensive snapshot of payout data available from foundations to date.

FCAA Data Spotlight: HIV Philanthropy for Transgender Communities
Funders Concerned About AIDS
This FCAA Data Spotlight provides a snapshot of HIV philanthropy for transgender communities in 2018, including a first analysis on how much HIV philanthropy is reaching trans-led organizations in the U.S. Since its first deep-dive analysis on transgender communities a few years ago, this spotlight shows HIV philanthropy has more than doubled for transgender communities, with a spike in 2017 related to the launch of a single grant initiative. However, despite this impressive growth, it is important to note that support for this population has never represented more than 5% of total HIV-related philanthropy in a given year.

Capital Campaign Report
Gateway Center for Giving
Each year Gateway Center for Giving produces a new edition of the Capital Campaign Report. This report provides an overview of the market for capital and endowment campaigns in the region. These trends are significant for nonprofits considering launching a campaign, for grantmakers who fund capital and endowment projects, and for consultants and those who work with nonprofits in helping identify needs and resources in the community.

The Big Vision for the Next Stage of Education Philanthropy
Grantmakers for Education
How should philanthropy support young people in this perilous time in U.S. history? This fall, Grantmakers for Education embarked on a survey to ask urgent questions of the education funding community about these issues. This report explores the funder response and what that means for the next stage of education philanthropy.

Giving in Minnesota Report
Minnesota Council on Foundations
The most recent edition of MCF’s regional giving study includes the latest publicly available data about foundation giving in Minnesota, based on 2018 giving. New to this issue is a section based on MCF's 2020 Grantmaking and Practice Survey, which highlights responses from Minnesota organizations that provides a glimpse into 2021 giving after 2020 events that impacted communities throughout the state.

Indigenous Community Leadership in Response to COVID-19: A Call to Action for the Philanthropic Sector
Native Americans in Philanthropy
This report analyzes philanthropic investments in COVID-19 response funds led by Indigenous people and communities, shares the perspectives of community leaders who organized these efforts, and provides key actions for the philanthropic sector to invest in a thriving and sustainable future for Indigenous communities. The report reviews important lessons from the ongoing crisis in Indigenous communities and calls on philanthropy to invest in Indigenous-led organizations and initiatives, to maximize general operating support, diversify vehicles for investment, identify regions and communities that face serious funding disparities, invest in Indigenous community strengths and leadership—not their deficits, and invest in tribal policy advocacy and tribal leadership.

Funder Behavior and Outlook Survey Results 2020
Philanthropy Massachusetts
This report aims to provide funders the opportunity to see and learn what peers are doing or are planning to do within their practice and complementing data collected from the nonprofit sector as to how things have changed and continue to change for nonprofit and community-based organizations due to the COVID-19 pandemic and our country’s reckoning around structural racism and inequality on our funder and nonprofit communities.

Cascadia Foodshed Financing Project and Final Chapter
Philanthropy Northwest
This case study report showcases the Cascadia Foodshed Financing Project (CFFP), which brought foundations and individual impact investors together to improve the regional food economy. Formally launched in January 2014 with 10 founding partners, CFFP focused on using a learn-as-you-go, risk-tolerant, action-oriented approach to developing collaborative financing to catalyze the economic growth of the regional food system.

Field Resources

Global Health Philanthropy
Alliance Magazine

This special issue of Alliance considers new directions for global health philanthropy and explores whether health funding is going where its most needed, and asks who gets to decide. The centerpiece of this issue is an Alliance magazine exclusive with the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in conversation with Professor Senait Fisseha, Director of Global programs at the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation. 

Set Up to Fail: Fines, Fees & Financial Insecurity
Asset Funders Network

This brief is one of three briefs in a series focused on the role philanthropy can play in helping individuals and families navigate the different dimensions of consumer debt. The series addresses three types of consumer debt — student debt, government debt, and medical debt.

Building Equity Into your Foundation’s DNA
Exponent Philanthropy

Healthy Communities Foundation has been on a journey to address this question by advancing health equity through a racial equity lens. This report describes that journey and offers practical ways of inspiring action so you can integrate equity into your foundation’s DNA.