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New Releases Roundup: June/July 2019

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Latest Releases From the FieldCheck out the latest releases from around the nonprofit sector featuring items from Arabella Advisors, Asset Funders Network, Candid, Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, CECP, Fidelity Charitable, Foundation Source, Fund The People, Human Rights Funders NetworkIndependent Sector, Mission Investors Exchange, National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, PEAK Grantmaking, Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia, Philanthropy Roundtable, Technology Affinity Group, and Women’s Philanthropy Institute.

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Advancing Human Rights: Annual Review of Global Foundation Grantmaking
Candid & Human Rights Funders Network
Foundation funding in support of global human rights initiatives totaled $2.8 billion in 2016, up from $2.4 billion in 2015, according to the report from Candid and the Human Rights Funders Network. The report from the Advancing Human Rights research hub found that 785 funders in 43 countries awarded 23,016 grants to 13,242 organizations working to address the root causes of injustice and inequality and ensure the protection and enjoyment of internationally recognized human rights. Twenty-one percent of those grant dollars were awarded in the form of general support grants. 

Connecticut Giving Report 2019
Connecticut Council for Philanthropy
As in past years, the Connecticut Giving Report documents charitable giving by individuals, bequests, and foundations as well as philanthropic trends and insights. This year’s report includes a geographic breakout of foundation giving, a look at foundation giving by population, how much support for the state’s nonprofits flows from out-of-state foundations and a deeper dive into foundation giving to education.

An Early Look at CECP’s Giving in Numbers Survey Data
The annual Giving in Numbers infographic offers the very first look at the latest trends that are defining the strategies behind corporate social investments. The full report will be released publicly on October 17 but this infographic highlights some of the top-level findings on 2018 corporate contributions from the 2019 Giving in Numbers survey including aggregate total giving in 2018 was $26 billion, an increase of 11% (2018 vs. 2016); six out of 10 companies increased total giving by at least 2% in the last three years; and the average participation rate of employees volunteering at least one hour on-company time increased from 33% to 34% between 2018 and 2016 in a matched-set of companies. This report was featured on TriplePundit - The Business of Doing Better.

Talent Justice Toolkit
Fund The People
This toolkit presents easy-to-use resources to help nonprofits and funders take action to advance talent justice. The tools can be used by both nonprofits and funders to increase their investments in talent justice at all stages of the nonprofit career lifecycle. In addition to this toolkit, Fund The People has also released a report that offers important findings on the challenges and opportunities of investing in intersectional racial equity in the U.S. nonprofit workforce.

Placed-Based Impact Investing: Three Briefs for Practitioners
Mission Investors Exchange
Seeking ways to maximize the social and economic returns of their place-based impact investments, foundations, CDFIs, private investors, and others are turning to collaboration. To support these efforts and facilitate lesson sharing, the Urban Institute and Mission Investors Exchange have produced a set of three practitioner briefs designed to focus on elements of place-based impact investing that have surfaced in research and conversations with practitioners as opportunities for knowledge exchange: building strong ecosystems, mapping opportunities and capacities, and deploying capital on the ground together through impact investing collaborations. Each brief presents the concept, highlights practitioner examples, and elevates lessons from the field.

Pride of Place: Sustaining a Family Commitment to Geography
National Center for Family Philanthropy
How has place-based family philanthropy evolved over time? Rather than look first to comparing the contrasting decisions—why a place or issue basis for giving—this study is designed to examine how family foundations and funds committed to place are sustaining (or not sustaining) that commitment over generations.  

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Toolkit for Consultants to Grantmakers
National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers
Guide your philanthropy clients through the complexities of their work in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) with our DEI Toolkit for Consultants to Grantmakers. Help consultants and grantmakers alike look through issues with a DEI lens. The toolkit consists of key resources recommended by leading experts whose work focuses on DEI and its significant impact in the philanthropic sector. 

How Employers Give: A Look at Philanthropy and Volunteerism in Philadelphia
Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia
This report published in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia provides a snapshot of how the business community of Philadelphia engages in philanthropy and the scale and scope of those philanthropic activities. It provides data on how much employers are giving, the number of hours employees have spent volunteering, top issues areas and target populations groups and how employers engage their employees in philanthropic activities.

Case Study: How Our Organizations Provide Security Awareness Training
Technology Affinity Group
This case study answers the question: What does security look like at mid-sized foundations? Cleveland Foundation and Open Society Foundations provide pragmatic strategies and real-world tactics based on their everyday experience as IT leaders. It includes data on cybersecurity threats to foundations, how staff is critical to cybersecurity defense and resources and examples on how to approach your cybersecurity training.

The Field

Moving Beyond Theories of Change
Arabella Advisors
The report reflects on the current state of philanthropic practice and points to a gap that frequently exists between lofty philanthropic ideas on the one hand and their implementation outside the boardroom on the other. It then proposes a framework for crossing over this gap, one that involves focusing closely on the “People, Partners, and Platforms” that actually power social-impact efforts.

Unlocking Assets: Building Women’s Wealth Through Business Ownership
Asset Funders Network
A new report produced by Asset Funders Network (ANF), in collaboration with Duke University’s Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity and Closing the Women’s Wealth Gap (CWWG), reveals that while data shows women-owned businesses are growing in number, the businesses are typically smaller in size and generate lower revenues and profits for their owners and employees.

Entrepreneurs as Philanthropist
Fidelity Charitable
With more than 27 million privately held businesses in the United States, business founders, owners and investors make up much of the economic fabric of the country. But little is known about how entrepreneurs approach giving. This report provides insight into the qualities and approaches that distinguish entrepreneurs in their philanthropy—from how much they give to how they integrate giving into their businesses.

2019 Annual Report on Private Foundations
Foundation Source
Foundation Source has released its 2019 Annual Report on Private Foundations, a study of how 987 of the firm’s clients with assets of less than $50 million fared in 2018 vs. 2017. The report found that in 2018, despite declines to their asset balances, these foundations nearly matched their previous year’s disbursements, collectively awarding almost $300 million in grants.

Impact of Five Charitable Giving Policy Proposals
Independent Sector
What policy details that make up a non-itemizer charitable giving incentive will help turn the curve on these concerning trends? To help answer this question, Independent Sector commissioned research to gain a better understanding of the potential impact of a range of policy proposals that extend charitable giving incentives to non-itemizers. The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI conducted the research in partnership with the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Independent Sector’s aim is to provide charitable organizations and policymakers with data they can use to make sound decisions on what best strengthens American communities.

Philanthropy Summer 2019 Issue
Philanthropy Roundtable
Philanthropy Roundtable has recently released their summer issue of Philanthropy Magazine, which focuses on aspects higher ed in philanthropy, filling the civic culture disparities, and an interview with Ken Langone.

All In for Women & Girls
Women’s Philanthropy Institute
The report explores the characteristics of women’s fund and foundation donors — the vast majority of whom are women — and finds that these donors give more, engage more holistically, and see themselves as leaders in philanthropy. The research suggests ways ALL nonprofits can cultivate a strong, engaged and generous community of donors; it also gives donors themselves an opportunity for reflection.