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New Releases Roundup: January 2021

Monday, February 1, 2021

Latest Releases From the FieldCheck out the latest resources from around the nonprofit sector featuring items from ACCP, Asset Funders Network, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, Forefront, Funders' Committee for Civic Participation, Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, Norman Lear Center's Media Impact Project and Workforce Matters. 

Member Resources

COVID-19 in Illinois: Impact on Nonprofits
To better understand how the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic affected nonprofits and what its continued impact is expected to be in 2021, Forefront administered a survey open to all Illinois nonprofits inquiring about their needs. Nearly 500 respondents answered this survey, representing organizations that serve every county in Illinois. All survey responses were clear: organizations are suffering financially, recovery will take time, and flexible resources continue to be lacking and vitally important.

Redistricting Funder Toolkit
Funders' Committee for Civic Participation
This toolkit includes general information about redistricting, specific guidance about how to invest and engage and template resources for funders that want to understand why this work is critical to ensure fair representation. The template resources included in this toolkit are samples and should be tailored to the needs of your organization and/or community.

The Cost of COVID: How the Pandemic Shifted Abortion and the Funds that Guard Patient Access, Rights and Justice
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
With the uncertainty around COVID-19 and anti-abortion legislation leaving abortion advocates exposed and overwhelmed, NCRP’s Brandi Collins-Calhoun and Stephanie Peng argue that philanthropy must leverage its reputation, financial assets and capacity to destigmatize abortion, empower abortion funds and secure access for those seeking services. 

A Racial Equity Framework for Workforce Development Funders
Workforce Matters
This framework is intended as a tool for self-reflection on priorities and practices. As we drive toward equity in actions, investments, and in language, this framework can be used to set goals and hold ourselves accountable. Funders can also use this framework as a tool to engage in learning, advocacy and change with partners in the workforce field, which include other funders, providers, employers, policymakers and the people served by their grantmaking.

Field Resources

Making the Case for CSR

Making the Case is an easy-to-use toolkit that helps corporate citizenship professionals build a compelling, data-driven business case for the value of corporate social responsibility (CSR). The 10-page online toolkit contains research data from ACCP as well as other highly reputable CSR researchers, nonprofits, and foundations.

A Framework for Measuring Financial Resilience Outcomes
Asset Funders Network

This brief on assessment strategies offers a framework to help funders and practitioners design and measure the effectiveness of short-term financial resilience programs with specific interventions in mind. Not meant to be prescriptive, the brief includes a range of metrics associated with different interventions to bridge financial setbacks that can shape understanding of program success along the course of delivery.

11 Trends in Philanthropy for 2021
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

In the 2021 report, you'll find critical explorations on a wide range of topics, including: philanthropy and the call for reparations, the blurring lines between philanthropy, business, and government and the role of trauma-informed practice in building community resilience.

Nonprofits Lost Over 50,000 Jobs in December, Reversing a Slow Recovery
Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies

Continuing its effort to track the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on nonprofit employment the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies' report documents its estimates of nonprofit job losses through December 2020, as reflected in the December BLS Employment Situation Report. What these data reveal is a striking reversal of the admittedly tepid growth in nonprofit employment in the prior three months, leaving nonprofit employment still down by a conservatively-estimated nearly 930,000 jobs by the end of the year.

Charitable Giving in the Media: Research Highlights
Norman Lear Center's Media Impact Project

This research study began with landscape analysis of the existing literature on media representations of charitable giving, framing of related issues like poverty, and the factors that make charitable appeals most effective. This report contains information from interviews from 13 experts and key leaders in charitable giving or developing narratives for prosocial impact.