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What’s new at Candid (May 2020)

It’s been awhile since I last updated you on what’s going on at Candid. Like you, we have been adjusting to life during a pandemic. All of Candid’s physical offices have been closed since Tuesday, March 17. Although working 100 percent virtually…

By Jen Bokoff (she/her)

May 11, 2020

Philanthropy’s response to COVID-19 now more than $10 billion worldwide

Philanthropy's response to the COVID-19 pandemic has surpassed $10 billion (USD). To put this unprecedented commitment of institutional and individual philanthropy in perspective, the U.S. total alone of more than $6 billion is, according to Candid’s figures, more than double the entire…

By Andrew Grabois

May 7, 2020

Stop Excluding People of Color in Environmental Policies

The fight to save our planet should be about ensuring a long and sustainable future — for everyone. However, as the coronavirus has spread across America, it has laid bare the harsh inequities in American society. The inequities have surfaced…

By Benjamin Chavis

May 6, 2020

Fit for the future: Can we emerge stronger from the COVID-19 crisis?

"Fit for the future: Can we emerge stronger from the COVID-19 crisis?" is reprinted from Alliance magazine. Civil society was not ready for COVID-19. ... Benjamin Bellegy (WINGS), Chris Worman (TechSoup), and Lysa John (CIVICUS) discuss the investments needed in civil…

By Alliance Magazine

May 4, 2020

Corporations Ramp Up Support for COVID-19 Response Efforts (April 16-30, 2020)

As COVID-19 spreads globally and in the United States, corporations and their foundations are stepping up with funding to meet the needs of individuals and vulnerable populations impacted by the virus. The "quick-hit" roundup below captures some of the corporate…

By Mitch Nauffts (he/him)

May 3, 2020

Whose project is it, anyway? In search of equitable collaborations

We read textbooks, scholarly journals, and articles on best practices for collaboration, touting the benefits in great detail, and barely glossing over the downsides. The reality is often messy, and no one wants to be the one who shares all…

By Valerie F. Leonard (she/her)

May 1, 2020

Doing good in a crisis can’t afford to be colorblind

For the entirety of 2020, the world has been living in crisis due to the widespread COVID-19 virus. We have all been seeking information and discerning truth as we try to make decisions that will impact our health, safety, livelihood,…

April 30, 2020

What are we willing to give up to end the Nonprofit Hunger Games?

Reprinted from Nonprofit AF. I know the past few weeks I’ve been pushing hard and being very critical of our sector, especially of foundations. And also, not being very funny. The urgency of this moment means we and the people…

By Vu Le (he/him)

April 29, 2020

Community foundations and community—changing definitions and expanding concepts

Almost as soon as Frederick Goff spearheaded creating the Cleveland Foundation, the world’s first community foundation, in 1914, these institutions began playing an integral role in philanthropy across the globe. Today, approximately 1,900 community foundations exist worldwide. These place-based foundations…

By Colton C. Strawser

April 28, 2020

Foundations Step Up Funding for COVID-19 Response Efforts (April 14-26, 2020)

As COVID-19 continues to spread in the United States, private foundations are stepping up with funding to meet the immediate needs of individuals and vulnerable populations impacted by the virus. Here's a roundup of grants from the last few days:…

By Mitch Nauffts (he/him)

April 26, 2020

Corporate funders: avoid doing business as usual during the pandemic

This is a time of change for everyone, and, as we know, there is no playbook. It’s definitely not business as usual. If you work in the private sector, there’s a good chance your company is actively evolving how it…

By Yvonne Thomas (she/her)

April 24, 2020

Earth Day 2020 is an opportunity for a new philanthropy

Water flowing in my cornfield, like a hundred miniature rivers all at once,carrying a simple message for a complex world. I clearly remember the first time I heard about Earth Day and someone mention the word ecology. Back then, in…

By Jim Enote (he/him)

April 23, 2020