What it takes to be more data driven

As our social sector continues to become more data-driven, relevant, and responsive, we need better information on which we can all rely. By nature our field hosts a wide array of organizations all in service of good. Centralizing what we can…

By Caroline McDowell (she/her) and Asia Hadley (she/her)

May 2, 2022

Update: Philanthropy’s response to Ukraine crisis

Since March 11, when Candid last looked at the global philanthropic response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, human suffering and economic devastation has only increased. Here we share an update on what we know so far.

By Andrew Grabois

April 14, 2022

Using data to make transgender people visible

About seven years ago, I attended a lecture by American actress and transgender advocate, Laverne Cox. She was smart and hilarious and fierce in her kindness. She shared stories about her life and recommendations for how to support transgender communities.…

By Cathleen Clerkin (she/her)

March 31, 2022

SXSW 2022: Using Data to Advance Racial Equity featuring Ann Mei Chang and Meme Styles

“We have a collective responsibility to both create a level playing field and address the historical injustices that leave some on the sidelines.   Together, we can create a social sector that's more efficient, effective, and equitable.”   -Ann Mei Chang, CEO…

By Kate Meyers Emery, Ph.D. (she/her)

March 29, 2022

Six things you may not know about the U.S. social sector

The social sector can feel like a black box—even for those of us who work in it. People want to know: Just how big is the sector? What role does it play in the economy? What kinds of organizations make…

By Guy Mika (he/him)

March 28, 2022

Today is U.S. Equal Pay Day—but not for CEOs in the social sector

Today, March 15, is U.S. Equal Pay Day, a day created by the National Committee on Pay Equity to increase awareness about the gender wage gap. Specifically, this symbolic day marks how far into the year a woman must work…

By Cathleen Clerkin (she/her)

March 15, 2022

Global philanthropy responds to the Ukraine crisis

Since February 24, more than two million people have fled Ukraine. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) head Filippo Grandi described this humanitarian disaster as “the fastest-moving refugee crisis we have seen in Europe since the end of the Second World War”. The…

By Andrew Grabois

March 11, 2022

The importance of talking about—and collecting data on—race to improve racial equity

Originally published by the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP).  Not so long ago, the word “race” was something that many people shied away from—a four-letter word not to be spoken in polite company. Similarly, “racial equity” and “racial justice” were…

By Cathleen Clerkin (she/her)

February 7, 2022

Nonprofit profiles: advancing equity through data

Inequitable access to funding in the social sector remains a persistent problem, negatively impacting our collective ability to do good. Both nonprofits and funders feel this acutely, particularly in recent years as we grapple with a global pandemic and the…

By Ann Mei Chang (she/they)

February 1, 2022

A powerful new tool to combat hunger and homelessness

Last year, as the pandemic stretched on, the team at Vanguard Charitable contacted our approximately 25,000 donors to ask them about their giving priorities. The response was clear: In that moment, our donors were focused most on hunger and homelessness in the United…

January 26, 2022

Lessons from 2019 to maximize future disaster giving decisions

Earlier this month, Candid and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) released the eighth edition of our annual Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy report. In it, we examined available 2019 data on global disaster-related philanthropy, analyzing funding from foundations, bilateral and multilateral donors, the U.S. federal government, corporations, and donations through donor-advised funds…

By Supriya Kumar (she/her) and Grace Sato (she/her)

November 30, 2021

‘Together we’re better’: Building a Candid partnership in Northern California’s Tri-Valley area

At the eastern edge of the San Francisco Bay Area lies the Tri-Valley–composed of the San Ramon, Livermore, and Amador valleys, and home to Las Positas College. Las Positas College has been a partner of Candid’s Funding Information Network since 2009, providing area nonprofits with access to Foundation Directory and other Candid resources. Earlier…

By Lori Guidry (she/her)

November 18, 2021