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Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research;
The 2016 State of Nonprofits and Philanthropy report analyzes the health of San Diego's nonprofit sector, identifies important trends, and reports on leadership perspectives. In addition to an annual summary of the Caster Center's State of Nonprofits Quarterly Index (SONP Index) this report draws on the most recently available data about nonprofits from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the California Employment Development Department (EDD). These data are synthesized with feedback from Trend Reporters along with the 2016 Nonprofit Leader Survey sent to executive level management in San Diego County to provide the most comprehensive picture of San Diego's nonprofit and philanthropic sector available.
Despite the fact that one-in-five people in America has a disability and the Americans with Disabilities Act (prohibiting discrimination based on disability) has been law of the land for nearly 30 years, people with disabilities are not fully welcomed, respected, accepted or included in our work and communities. This is true even in the places where you think they would be – at foundations and nonprofits.Nonprofits and foundations are full of good work and good will. Nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of people who work in the social sector say their organizations have a made a public commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and have policies that prohibit the group from denying people with disabilities equal opportunity to participate in services and activities. This new study, "Disability in Philanthropy & Nonprofits: A Study on the Inclusion and Exclusion of the 1-in-5 People Who Live with a Disability and What You Can Do to Make Things Better," examines the current landscape of disability inclusion in nonprofits and foundations, as well as what is working, what helps, and how we can all do better.
There is a complex ecosystem of organizations working to enable, strengthen, and evolve the work of philanthropy, nonprofits, and civil society around the world. From communities of practice that build skills and encourage collaboration to data and research that inform solutions and foster transparency, these organizations provide a much-needed backbone for work on our most critical global challenges. New research from Foundation Center aims to map the composition of and support for this ecosystem of infrastructure organizations so that we can better align and improve efforts to build a better future.
In partnership with Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, BTW informing change and Leadership that Works, CompassPoint Nonprofit Services launched the Coaching and Philanthropy Project (CAP) to assess and advance coaching as a strategy for building effective nonprofit organizations.The CAP Project is a deep dive into learning about the nonprofit sector's support for and use of coaching, something no one has examined to this extent before. The result is a large body of information and ideas that the CAP Project seeks to consolidate and share with peers in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors and in the field of coaching.This guide draws on data that we have collected for more than three years as part of the second phase of the CAP Project. During this period, we have gathered information and suggestions from hundreds of individuals, including nonprofit leaders who have received coaching, coaches who have provided coaching to nonprofit leaders, intermediaries and others who arrange for nonprofit coaching, and grantmakers who support coaching in a variety of ways for their nonprofit grantees
The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP);
The biggest source of philanthropic support for nonprofits in the United States is giving from individual donors. Of the $428 billion in total charitable giving in 2018, individual donors contributed 68 percent. However, the recent decline in giving among small- and medium-gift givers means that major donors are becoming increasingly important to nonprofits.The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) surveyed its Grantee Voice panel of more than 600 nonprofit leaders across the country to learn what support nonprofits 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.WE LEARNED THAT:Relationships matter. Nonprofit leaders spend more time building personal relationships with major donors as their gifts become larger. In the coming years, the most common trend nonprofit leaders expect to see in how their organizations will work with major donors is that they will place greater focus on building personal relationships with them.There is an understanding gap. To be most helpful, nonprofit leaders believe major donors need to understand their organizations and the context of their work better than they currently do.Nonprofits most need multiyear commitments, unrestricted gifts, and support beyond money. Nonprofit leaders say that these kinds of support help their organizations do their best work and plan for the future.
The rapid spread of COVID-19 has created a global health and economic crisis that is testing regions around the world. In response, foundations, corporations, and individuals have been disbursing funds to nonprofits to help communities cope with these unprecedented challenges. Candid has been closely tracking the global private philanthropic response to COVID-19 through news stories and other publicly available resources as well as from funders who have reported disbursements directly to Candid. In this report, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy and Candid look at the philanthropic dollars that were distributed for COVID-19 in the first half of 2020.
Lilly Family School of Philanthropy;
Diversity on nonprofit boards in the United States has been widely studied. A great deal of research has focused on this area, exploring topics such as the level of diversity, the motivations for increased diversity, and the benefits diversity seems to deliver. Despite such research, little is known about how increasing the diversity on nonprofit boards affects board engagement and impact. This study addresses this gap by answering two questions:which organisational attributes correlate with board diversity?How is board diversity related to organisational action?
The Foundation Review;
This article argues that people are the primary asset that drives performance in the social sector, but that despite their importance they are undersupported. Funders could make major strides in their own effectiveness and in the performance of their grantees by explicitly investing in grantee talent and talent-support systems. Such support could build a critical mass of diverse leadership in society and dramatically improve the ability of the social sector to advance social change. The first part of this article reframes the talent challenge facing the nonprofit sector, highlighting urgent issues and chronic structural flaws. The second part proposes the Talent Philanthropy Framework as a means to address this challenge.
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO);
Explains the benefits of coaching for nonprofit leaders and their organizations and lays out questions to consider from the nonprofits' perspective, including on the costs and duration of coaching and confidentiality issues. Includes quotes from coachees.
Understand the world of nonprofits, and where foundations and other forms of giving fit in. A nonprofit is an organization that exists to benefit the public and isn't in the business of making money. Any profits it earns aren't distributed to shareholders, like a for-profit business does; rather, any profits are used to further the organization's mission or charitable purpose. Nonprofits come in all shapes and sizes. Some are small, community-based organizations run by volunteers, and others are large, complex, professionally run businesses. Internationally, nonprofits are often referred to as NGOs (nongovernmental organizations). To become a nonprofit, an organization must apply to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of the U.S. federal government, which is the agency to which everyone pays taxes. Once the organization receives nonprofit status from the IRS (a letter that confirms the government agrees it is a nonprofit), it is exempt from paying income taxes (meaning, it doesn't have to do it). The IRS calls these types of organizations 501(c)(3)s -- signifying their special "tax exempt" status.
Guidestar by Candid;
The nonprofit sector accounts for more than $1 trillion in economic activity, employs 11 million people, and receives $300 billion in charitable gifts annually. There seems, however, to be no clear way to gauge how well these resources are being used. When it comes to information on how nonprofits perform, there is insufficient transparency, access, quality, and utility. It doesn't have to be this way. If we can collect the right data and create the right analytics, we could pinpoint the highest performers. That will consequently lead to better decision making and more efficient allocation of resources, which ultimately will provide greater value to those in need. This paper explores how the world of philanthropy can learn valuable lessons from an unlikely sector: the financial services industry.
Guidestar by Candid;
Is philanthropy less than the sum of its parts? We know of countless examples of individual organizational excellence: nonprofits and foundations that achieve extraordinary impact on the great challenges of our time. But it is hard to avoid the haunting sense that all this good work does not add up. The efforts of individual organizations are fragmented and isolated. This fragmentation yields real challenges: inefficient fundraising, infrequent collaboration, and uneven learning. All told, it is difficult to articulate the impact of the whole of philanthropy. Over the last few decades a new science has emerged that wrestles with the questions of systems-level behavior. The philanthropic community can learn much from this work. This paper is an initial effort to connect the insights from complex systems science with nonprofits, foundations, and all those devoted to making a better world.