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New Releases Roundup: February 2021

Friday, February 5, 2021

Latest Releases From the FieldCheck out the latest resources from around the nonprofit sector featuring items from Grantmakers in the Arts, Grantmakers In Health, Exponent Philanthropy, Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies, Northern California Grantmakers, PEAK Grantmaking, Philanthropy Massachusetts, Stanford Social Innovation Review and Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers 

Member Resources

Podcast: Developing a Liberatory Consciousness in Funding
Grantmakers in the Arts
Grantmakers in the Arts released a new podcast that featured Dr. Barbara J. Love, consultant, author, lecturer, and the founder of the framework Liberatory conscious. She discussed how to develop a liberatory consciousness mindset that can lead to even more drastic change both within institutions and outside of them.

Scan of the Field: Funder Approaches to Health Equity
Grantmakers In Health
Philanthropic investments in health equity are growing in response to increased national attention. Grantmakers In Health surveyed its Funding Partners at the end of 2020 to identify whether and how foundations altered their health equity programming and pivoted internally to foster more diverse and inclusive environments.

COVID-19 Impacts on Nonprofit Real Estate | Nonprofit Displacement Project
Northern California Grantmakers
Nonprofits in the San Francisco Bay Area have long struggled to find and keep affordable space in the region’s red-hot real estate market and the COVID-19 pandemic has brought a new array of space challenges. Nonprofits now face new challenges - renegotiating leases, shedding unused space, adapting spaces to meet physical distancing requirements, even expanding to meet the increased demand for services. NCG engaged Harder+Company Community Research to design and conduct the survey, which explored three core areas: how the pandemic has impacted Bay Area nonprofits’ programming and operations; impending eviction and financial concerns; and nonprofits’ future workspace plans. 

2020 Annual (Not) Report
Northern California Grantmakers
This resource from Northern California Grantmakers highlights all the work that the organization has done throughout 2020 and the adjustments made in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Black Voices in Grants Management
PEAK Grantmaking
In this issue of PEAK Grantmaking Journal, a range of contributors give voice to the experience of Black grants management professionals, highlighting their work and ideas for building inclusive cultures, equitable grantmaking practices, allyship, and more. With additional context and support from new research and PEAK resources, this edition is dedicated, in the words of guest editor Roland Kennedy, Jr., “to bring Black voices in grants management into the light and invite the broader PEAK membership and philanthropic community into some of these unheard experiences.”

Philanthropy Massachusetts' Annual Report 2020
Philanthropy Massachusetts
Focusing on its values and role in strengthening their community, Philanthropy Massachusetts made space for listening and bringing individuals together. Sharing experiences on a professional and personal level, providing leadership as we advance strategies for the pandemic and racial injustices in our country. This report highlights all the work that they have done throughout 2020 to strengthen their community.

2020 Impact Report
Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers 
2020 was an unprecedented year, and for WRAG as well. Check out its newly-released Impact Report for highlights from WRAG’s events, working groups, and fiscally-sponsored programs.

Field Resources

Advocacy Field Guide for Lean Funders
Exponent Philanthropy

This brand new guide features a set of 7 practical, field-tested steps on how to start. Learn the fundamentals of advocacy, the diverse ways you can engage, and how to make a case to your board. Designed especially for small, place-based funders.

Nonprofit Jobs Still Down by Nearly 960,000 as of January, Time to Full Recovery Increases to 2 Years
Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies

This monthly report carried two important revisions of prior estimates that reveal a more dire picture of sector job losses over the past five months, resulting in an updated estimate of nearly 960,000 lost nonprofit jobs as of the first month of the new year. Part 2 of this report details the halting recovery of nonprofit jobs over the past several months and Part 3 provides a rough estimate of the time it will take the sector to return to pre-pandemic employment levels.

Philanthropy’s Rural Blind Spot
Stanford Social Innovation Review

The most economically distressed communities are the least likely to apply for funding and the least likely to have the local resources to address inequity. Grant makers must rethink their strategies to ensure that their resources go where they will do the most good.