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Autism After 21 Utah Project: Lessons from a first-time fundraiser

Being a first time fundraiser can be overwhelming. Sumiko Martinez, director of Autism After 21 Utah Project, shares how she got her first grants thanks to free resources from her local library, part of Candid’s Funding Information Network.

By Sumiko Martinez (she/her)

August 25, 2022

Collecting data during a humanitarian crisis

Despite its limitations, real-time data contains valuable early indicators of the philanthropic response to a crisis.

By Grace Sato (she/her) and Laia Griñó (she/her)

July 27, 2022

Foundation giving and payout: what changed in 2021?

Every January, Candid surveys large U.S. private and community foundations to understand recent giving trends and forecast where giving is headed. [1] This year, we asked funders about their giving in FYE (fiscal year end) 2020 and 2021, including funding…

By Sarina Dayal (she/they) and Grace Sato (she/her)

July 5, 2022

Three emerging trends in European philanthropy

After a sleepless redeye flight earlier this month, I landed in Barcelona to attend the first ever Philea Forum. In addition to representing Candid, I was there to learn about trends in European philanthropy and explore opportunities for collaboration. Philea…

By Cesar Del Valle (he/him)

June 21, 2022

Getting from “no” to “yes” for climate justice

A philanthropy insider once shared during a presentation that foundations develop guidelines so they know to whom to say “no.” Though it sounded cynical and harsh, it also rang true. My years in the field have only served to reinforce…

By Janet Camarena (she/her)

June 16, 2022

ABFE and Candid partner on new research on Black leaders

There is a glaring gap in the representation of Black people in top positions in organizations, along with a general lack of resources, support, and opportunities for Black leaders and Black-focused organizations. This is not a pipeline problem. Building Movement…

By Cathleen Clerkin (she/her) and Michell Speight

June 7, 2022

CDP recommendations for philanthropy and COVID-19

Writer’s Note: The following recommendations were originally shared in Philanthropy and COVID-19: Examining two years of giving, a report published on May 25, 2022 by the Center for Disaster Philanthropy and Candid. They are based on the combined wisdom of…

By Tanya Gulliver-Garcia (she/her)

May 26, 2022

When is Equal Pay Day for social sector leaders in your state?

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

By Cathleen Clerkin (she/her)

May 24, 2022

COVID-19 case study: Changing funding practices in Europe

The COVID-19 crisis has shined a spotlight on the value of philanthropy and, for this reason, many foundation representatives believe society at large will expect philanthropy to address global distress in the future. Based on Philea’s recent analysis of surveys,…

By Dr. Sevda Kilicalp (she/her)

May 4, 2022

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