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New Releases Roundup: June 2020

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Latest Releases From the FieldCheck out the latest releases from around the nonprofit sector featuring items from Asset Funders Network, Center for Effective Philanthropy, Council of Michigan Foundations, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Gateway Center for Giving, Hispanics in Philanthropy, Independent Sector, Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies, Media Impact Funders, Philanthropy Massachusetts, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Technology Association of Grantmakers, and Urban Institute.

COVID-19 Resources

Funder Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Center for Effective Philanthropy
This report sheds light on which organizations face the toughest challenges, what is most needed from funders, and what differences in experience are emerging based on characteristics such as organization type and gender of nonprofit leaders.

What Did We Miss While Managing the COVID-19 Crisis?
Council of Michigan Foundations
After months of deep crisis-focused activity, as organizations create capacity to turn their attention to other efforts, many are realizing some essential activities have been missed and critical deadlines are now rapidly approaching. This resource serves as a starting point for staff to assess which tasks need to rise to the top of the to-do list.

The 2020 Nonprofit Employment Report
Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies
A new report from the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies finds that U.S. nonprofits maintained their position as the third largest employer in the U.S. economy. However, as is the case with all sectors of the economy, nonprofits face challenging times as a result of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, with projected job losses of over 1.6 million workers between March and May of 2020—all at a time when demand for their services is growing.

Member Resources

Philanthropy OUTlook: LGBTQ Latinx Communities
Funders for LGBTQ Issues & Hispanics in Philanthropy
This infographic provides an overview of the unique needs of LGBTQ Latinx communities, spotlights the level of philanthropic support they receive, and offers key recommendations for funders looking to better support LGBTQ Latinx people.

2017-2018 Global Resources Report: Government & Philanthropic Support for LGBTI Communities
Funders for LGBTQ Issues
The 2017–2018 Global Resources Report builds on two previous editions, which focused on grantmaking in the calendar years 2013–2014 and 2015–16. The report documents over 19,764 grants awarded by 800 foundations, NGO intermediary funders, and corporations and by 15 donor government and multilateral agencies over the two-year period of 2017-2018. Over the two-year period of 2017 and 2018, global philanthropic funding for LGBTI issues totaled more than $560 million – an increase of $57 million, or 11 percent, since the 2015–2016 reporting period.

St. Louis Collaborations Directory 
Gateway Center for Giving 
Gateway Center for Giving announced the release of its updated St. Louis Collaborations Directory. With 45 cross-sector collaborations listed, it is a useful resource for grantmakers and the community at large. The free & publicly available tool is intended to foster knowledge-sharing and provide context as potential partners contemplate opportunities to work together.

Environmental Media Grantmaking: How Funders Are Tipping the Scales Towards Change
Media Impact Funders
This report highlights trends in environmental media grantmaking, impact studies and examples of promising media projects, and offers insights from funders in the space. It focuses on U.S. funders who give in the US and globally, with funding data covering 2009–2019. The big picture shows that while some funders have changed focus, overall funding is going up.

Giving Massachusetts 2020
Philanthropy Massachusetts
Giving Massachusetts 2020 provides a baseline for foundation giving; looking at data and trends in giving by Massachusetts, to Massachusetts, and within each county. The focus of this report is foundation giving from 2017, the most recent year for which there is a near complete dataset. This is the first report on institutional philanthropy in Massachusetts in over 15 years.

Strategic Roadmap for IT in Community Foundations
Technology Association of Grantmakers
Currently, IT within community foundations is thought of as serving the organization’s strategy, goals, and objectives, rather than playing an integral role in shaping the strategy itself. In this report, TAG explores the four key stages community foundations pass through on their way to truly integrating IT in organizational strategy formulation and outline some key actions they can take in each phase to lay the groundwork for the next.

Field Resources

Advancing Health and Wealth Integration in the Earliest Years
The Asset Funders Network
Children are affected by their parents’ stress levels, even before they are born. As children grow to be adults, the effects of their early life stresses may be transmitted through biological mechanisms to their children, continuing the cycle of adversity. This report goes over how stress can have serious, long-term negative effects on growing children’s bodies and brains, particularly when the adults in their lives are overwhelmed themselves.

Trust in Civil Society 
Independent Sector
Building on Independent Sector’s four decades of bringing together the charitable community for the common good and Edelman Intelligence’s experience studying trust in both the global and US context, they set out to conduct two national surveys, each of 3,000 American adults ages 18+, to assess general population trust in the sector (philanthropy and nonprofits) and uncover the factors that drive trust in the sector.

Impact Investing Handbook
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors is launching the “Impact Investing Handbook: An Implementation Guide for Practitioners”–180 pages of helping asset owners turn interest into action. Two years in the making, this practical publication features case studies and detailed guidance for individuals, families, foundations, and corporations. Written by Steven Godeke of Godeke Consulting and Patrick Briaud of RPA, it features input from over fifty experts and practitioners.

Boosting Upward Mobility: Metrics to Inform Local Action
Urban Institute
Researchers applied rigorous criteria to select metrics that strong evidence shows have predictive relationships to mobility and that can be influenced by local and state policies and programs. These metrics can help communities establish priorities, set targets, catalyze action, change policies and practices, and monitor their progress.