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New Releases Roundup: March 2021

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Latest Releases From the FieldCheck out the latest resources from around the nonprofit sector featuring items from Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, Asset Funders Network, Candid, Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Council of Michigan Foundations, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, Forefront, Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation, Funders Concerned About AIDS, The Funders Network, Grantmakers in the Arts Neighborhood Funders Group’s Building Power in Place Project, Northern California Grantmakers, Philanthropy Northwest and Technology Association of Grantmakers.

Member Resources

Seeking to Soar: Foundation Funding for Asian American & Pacific Islander Communities
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy
The new AAPIP report finds that foundation funding designated for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities only accounts for 0.20 percent of all U.S. grantmaking. This mirrors findings from AAPIP 1992 report --  from three decades ago -- Invisible and in Need: Philanthropic Giving to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. As AAPI communities seek to soar and reach new heights, they continue to be hamstrung by an alarmingly low level of philanthropic investment. 

Philanthropy and COVID-19 in 2020: Measuring One Year of Giving
Candid & Center for Disaster Philanthropy
This report, authored by Candid in close partnership with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP), documents how philanthropy achieved generosity that was as unprecedented as the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and racial injustice.

An Evaluation of Community Foundation Investment Returns & Payout Rates
Council of Michigan Foundations
In March 2021, the Council of Michigan Foundations launched An Evaluation of Community Foundation Investment Returns & Payout Rates, phase two of their payout rate research series, focusing on payout rates of community foundations statewide and nationally, as well as in comparison to their private foundation peers.

Building Power in the Midst of a National Crisis
Early Childhood Funders Collaborative
This new report from the Raising Child Care Fund highlights how the first RCCF grantee cohort pivoted in their first year of funding to face the immediate challenges of COVID-19: adopting online organizing strategies, connecting their members to relief and resources, creating opportunities to talk to elected officials, and identifying policy changes and programs to address the impact of the pandemic.

IL Count Me In 2020 Executive Summary and Recommendations for 2030
Forefront
This report shares Forefront’s initial findings on the impact of the 2020 census, the challenges Illinois faced in receiving an accurate count, and recommendations for a successful 2030 Census count and beyond. 

A Blueprint for Philanthropic Census Engagement
Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation
This new resource includes Census Bureau milestones and concrete examples of ways funders can engage and invest in census work throughout the decade. 

Converging Epidemics: COVID-19, HIV & Inequality
Funders Concerned About AIDS 
This report - commissioned by Funders Concerned About AIDS in partnership with the Elton John AIDS Foundation - provides reflections, lessons learned, and recommendations for private funders, governments, and global health institutions.

Community Foundations: Drivers of Inclusive and Meaningful Local Change
The Funders Network
The Funders Network has released Community Foundations: Drivers of Inclusive and Meaningful Local Change, which looks at three community foundation programs and examines how these partnerships and initiatives are helping broaden expertise, grow peer networks, deepen local connections and build community power.

Building Power in Place - Nashville: Reshaping the City Towards an Economy for All
Neighborhood Funders Group’s Building Power in Place Project
This report features the work of Stand Up Nashville, The Equity Alliance, and the Central Labor Council of Nashville & Middle Tennessee. Each organization is helmed by Black women who have built a powerful collaborative infrastructure with few resources but tremendous political and economic results for low-income residents of color. Learn how they build upon civil rights and abolitionist histories while setting transformative new models in motion towards shared governance against challenges such as global developers and relentless state pre-emption. The report includes detailed recommendations from its research on the role funders can play to more effectively support such movements.

Solidarity Not Charity: Arts & Culture Grantmaking in the Solidarity Economy
Grantmakers in the Arts
This report  explores how the grantmaking community can support culture-workers and artists through an increasingly just economy. Commissioned by GIA with funding by William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, and Barr Foundation, the report and its interactive website share an overview of the Solidarity Economy, culture-workers’ role in it, and what grantmakers may do to support it through recommendations and an action checklist.
 

COVID-19 Impacts on Nonprofit Real Estate
Northern California Grantmakers
In late 2020, in collaboration with Community Vision, NCG's Nonprofit Displacement Project commissioned a survey to better understand how COVID-19 has impacted the operations and workspace needs of Bay Area nonprofits. CG 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.

Mindful Fiduciaries at the Wheel: Ten Ideas for Investment Committees Exploring Racial, Gender and Social Equity
Philanthropy Northwest
This report is for philanthropic foundation investment committees exploring racial, gender and social equity issues. Philanthropy Northwest distilled some key process and decision points that committees encounter, based on interviews with trustees, CEOs and finance staff, along with foundation financial advisors and advocacy groups. A diverse set of experts reviewed and expanded on the ideas.

A Responsibility to Rebuild: Investing in Digital Infrastructure for Civil Society
Technology Association of Grantmakers
As grantmakers consider their responsibility to stabilize and even reimagine civil society, they increasingly recognize that social change in the digital era requires not just an investment in programs but also an investment in technology infrastructure. This investment is more than tools alone; rather it's a commitment to building digital skills, capacity, and new platforms to unlock the knowledge, passion, and collective strength of civil society over time as the relationship between technology and society continues to evolve.

Field Resources

Medical Debt and its Impact on Health and Wealth: What Philanthropy Can Do to Help 
Asset Funders Network

This brief is part of a series of papers focused on three types of consumer debt — government fines and fees, student debt, and medical debt — and the role philanthropy can play in alleviating the burden of debt and creating a pathway for asset-building and wealth accumulation.

Program Officer Competency Model
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Foundation program officers play a critical, nuanced role at the intersection of resources, strategies, and stakeholders. The Program Officer Competency Model captures this complexity. Development of the model included an analysis of more than 100 job descriptions, a review by competency model experts, and the input of nine focus groups with grantmakers and nonprofit leaders to determine and define the essential competencies of the program officer role. 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.