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New Releases Roundup: September 2019

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Latest Releases From the FieldCheck out the latest releases from around the nonprofit sector featuring items from Asset Funders Network, Center for Effective Philanthropy, Commonfund Institute & Council on Foundations, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Grantmakers in Aging, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, National Council of Nonprofits, Native Americans in Philanthropy, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders, and The Bridgespan Group.

Our Members

Crucial Donors: How Major Individual Givers Can Best Support Nonprofits
Center for Effective Philanthropy
Based on survey responses from 198 nonprofit CEOs on CEP’s Grantee Voice panel, Crucial Donors: How Major Individual Givers Can Best Support Nonprofits provides insight into what support nonprofits already receive from major donors, what major donors can do to support nonprofits better, and how nonprofits’ relationships with major donors differ from their relationships with staffed foundations. This resource also includes questions to guide major donors in building relationships, addressing the understanding gap, and deciding what kind(s) of support to provide to nonprofits. The data reveals that nonprofits largely seek to develop stronger relationships with major individual donors, and are looking for more long term, unrestricted gifts. Nonprofit leaders also say that they prefer to receive funding from major donors rather than from staffed foundations, as it’s easier to manage relationships with individual major donors, and they provide more multiyear commitments and unrestricted gifts.

2018 Council on Foundations – Commonfund Study of Investment of Endowments for Private and Community Foundations 
Commonfund Institute & Council on Foundations
Based on survey data from 236 private and community foundations, the 2018 Council on Foundations – Commonfund Study of Investment of Endowments for Private and Community Foundations found that private foundations reported an average return of -3.5 percent, down from 15 percent in 2017, while community foundations reported an average return of -5.3 percent, down from 15.1 percent in 2017. The 2018 returns were the lowest since 2008, pushing down trailing three-year average returns to 6.1 percent for private foundations and 5.6 percent for community foundations. The study also found that the effective spending rate among participating private foundations remained unchanged, at 5.7 percent, but declined moderately for community foundations, to 4.6 percent from 4.8 percent. 

Philanthropy OUTlook: LGBTQ Education Issues
Funders for LGBTQ Issues
This info-graphic, produced in partnership with the Schott Foundation for Public Education, highlights the challenges facing LGBTQ students and analyzes trends, gaps, and opportunities in funding for LGBTQ education issues. The info-graphic covers information about trends in the criminal justice system, states with laws that protect students from discrimination in school based on sexual orientation and gender identity, funding for LGBTQ education, and much more.

Aging Positively: Bring HIV/AIDS into the Aging Services Mainstream: An Induction for Funders
Grantmakers in Aging
For decades, the fields of aging services and HIV/AIDS care have been worlds apart, but now it is time for HIV to be considered an aging issue. In Grantmakers in Aging’s new funding guide it highlights the diverse experiences of older people living with HIV/AIDS and offers actionable ideas for philanthropies of all kinds to improve care and quality of life. 

2019 GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report
GuideStar has released its 2019 Nonprofit Compensation report which is the only large-scale nonprofit compensation analysis based entirely on IRS data. The report has 162,853 observation from 113,549 990 and 990 EZ filings, nonprofits from the entire 501© universe, salary data on 14 job categories, including CEO, CFO, and more, in-depth incumbent compensation analysis and more.

8 Common Sources of c4 Funding for Nonprofits
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
Recognizing the need for nonprofits to develop the capacity for complementary c4 work is one thing, raising the funds to carry out that work is another. This tip sheet identifies common sources of c4 funding for c3 groups new to that world.

Truth & Healing Movement Toolkit
Native Americans in Philanthropy
Native Americans in Philanthropy has released a new toolkit related to its Truth & Healing Movement, which is a core part of their work. The toolkit contains web resources, videos, books, suggested news outlets, and more about Indigenous peoples in the United States and ways philanthropy can engage in learning.

The Field

Tackling Debt: Addressing the Racial Wealth Gap in the South
Asset Funders Network
Tackling Debt focuses on the types of debt that trap families and are a pervasive impediment to wealth building—education, health, or justice. The primer takes a deep look at the impact of medical debt, government fines and fees, student loan debt, and payday loans and demonstrates how its array of consequences is not spread equally; it differs by race and ethnicity. Tackling Debt also highlights a philanthropic strategy to address debt for households in the southern U.S.

Nonprofit Impact Matters: How America's Charitable Nonprofits Strengthen Communities and Improve Lives
National Council of Nonprofits
America’s 1.3 million charitable nonprofits enrich the lives of everyone, in ways both seen and unseen. Nonprofit Impact Matters pulls back the curtain and tells the story of nonprofits from their perspective. It also provides practical insights and key national- and state-level data. This report is for the stakeholders of America's 1.3 million charitable nonprofits that enrich the lives of everyone in our country, upholding our nation's bold ideals and big-hearted spirit through practical and effective action.

Social Compact in a Changing World
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
Forum partner Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors released a new report where they explore the response of private philanthropy to the rising tide of scrutiny; how foundations have adjusted their social compact as a result; and strategies foundations have adopted over time to become more responsive and accountable in fulfilling the social compact.

Momentum for Change: Ending the Nonprofit Starvation Cycle
The Bridgespan Group
This report synthesizes an array of primary and secondary research documenting the progress made on understanding and addressing the funding issue. It also highlights the funder collaborative’s recent efforts, which demonstrate momentum for change.