Candid insights

The big picture of the social sector, backed by data and expertise

Where are we seeing sustained changes in grantmaking practices to reduce grantee burden?  

In 2020, many funders pledged to streamline grant application and reporting processes to reduce grantee burden; learn about what progress has been made to date and which areas need continued improvement.

By Elisha Smith Arrillaga (she/her)

July 15, 2024

Closing the racial wealth gap through rent relief and alternative credit building 

A recent Bridgespan report outlines the key drivers of the racial wealth gap in the U.S. and highlights the philanthropic role that alternative credit building can play in closing it.

By Devin Murphy (he/him) and Zach Slobig (he/him)

July 11, 2024

​​Toward ​nimbl​e​ and creative ​funding for LGBTQ communities ​through a time of crisis 

Discover recent trends in funding for LGBTQ communities and causes—and why more philanthropic support is needed—based on the Funders for LGBTQ Issues 2024 Resource Tracking Report.

By April Bethea (she/her) and Sammy Luffy (she/her)

July 10, 2024

Quality demographic data: Respect, privacy, and accuracy 

Discover the keys to ensuring nonprofits can collect and share quality demographic data with sector stakeholders based on new insights gleaned from over 1,500 organizations.

By Kelly Brown

July 9, 2024

Unlocking equity by investing in broad outreach and deep community organizing 

Community organizing plays a critical role in an inclusive, healthy democracy; learn how the Tides Foundation supports community organizations’ efforts to ensure their members’ voices are heard.

By Beth Huang (she/her )

July 8, 2024

Centering communities: Leaning into participatory grantmaking to increase equity 

Learn why the Boston foundation embraces participatory grantmaking and how they’ve implemented best practices and shifted power to drive greater impact in their community.

By Candace Burton (she/her )

July 2, 2024

5 takeaways on why gender equity matters across issue areas 

Learn why gender equity matters across nonprofit issue areas based on five key takeaways from Bridgespan’s recent research that highlights the inequities that women distinctly face and offers advice for how grantmakers can help.

June 27, 2024

Announcing Candid insights: The ‘big picture’ on the nonprofit sector 

Announcing Candid insights—a go-to publication for the nonprofit sector that provides helpful articles, data-driven stories, expert perspectives, and more—to support your mission-driven work.

By Lauren Brathwaite (she/her) and Kyoko Uchida (she/her)

June 18, 2024

Building connections with funders as Black nonprofit leaders 

Learn about the unique challenges Black nonprofit leaders face when connecting with funders, including Black executives’ real-world approaches to overcoming existing barriers and power structures to secure funding for their organizations.

By Ivonne Arauz Simms, MSEd (she/her) and David M. Holmes (he/him)

June 17, 2024

Funder collaboratives are key to a vibrant, just, and inclusive democracy 

Discover the vital role that funder collaboratives play in strengthening civic engagement, including how collaborative funds’ can distinctly drive impact to ensure U.S. democracy is inclusive, thriving, and participatory for all.

By Rini Chakraborty (she/her)

June 11, 2024

Grant application and review practices for more equitable and inclusive funding 

Discover five grant application and review best practices that the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation uses to make their funding more equitable and inclusive.

By Kaerie Ray (she/her)

June 10, 2024