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There *is* a better way to practice philanthropy

"There *is* a better way to practice philanthropy" was originally published as part of MacArthur’s Perspectives on 100&Change blog series about the competition. I repent. After many years working at the Inter-American, Ford, and Oak Foundations, I now realize that the way…

By Bradford K. Smith (he/him)

June 23, 2020

A long walk from charity to justice

Juneteenth, a recognized holiday in all but three U.S. states, marks the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas, Major General Gordon Granger notified the last enslaved people in the country of their…

June 19, 2020

Matching your donation with your intention—why information matters

At Candid, we’re constantly immersed in a sea of data. As our mission statement states, we get people the information they need to do good. As an information hub that informs people directly and through other platforms, we’ve seen firsthand…

By Jen Bokoff (she/her) and Holly Ivel (she/her)

June 18, 2020

Participatory grantmaking in a pandemic: practical considerations in design

Many of the responses to the COVID-19 pandemic are being led by grassroots activists and organizers across the world.  As we consider how to resource and fund this emergent work both in the short and long term, the need to…

By Participatory Grantmaking Collective

June 15, 2020

Foundations step up funding for COVID-19 response efforts (May 16-June 15, 2020)

As COVID-19 continues to disrupt life in the United States and around the globe, 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 COVID-19…

By Mitch Nauffts (he/him)

June 14, 2020

Shifting your events online during COVID-19

As nonprofits were considering if and how to transition events online, Nonprofit New York, Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP), and Candid came together to share their experiences with the sector. The goal of the webinar, hosted by Candid on May 20,…

By Elizabeth Zevada (she/her/ella)

June 11, 2020

The social sector can’t let the COVID crisis go to waste

"The social sector can’t let the COVID crisis go to waste" is reprinted from the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Natural disasters birth new communities out of the rubble of the old. After earthquakes, hurricanes, and tsunamis, people have no choice but…

By Jacob Harold (he/him)

June 10, 2020

Privilege, power, and personal conflicts: the forces preventing change in nonprofit and philanthropy

Candid is closed today, June 9, to allow our staff to pause and reflect on George Floyd’s death and the events following it, and grieve as needed as individuals. (Read Candid's statement on these events.) We will resume operations on…

By Vu Le (he/him)

June 9, 2020

“I Am Tired…The Pandemic of Racism Must End”

Over the past week, civil unrest has gripped the nation. Much of it was sparked by the unwarranted and senseless murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis by a police officer who held his knee on Mr. Floyd's neck for almost…

By Earl “Butch” Graves, Jr. (he/him)

June 8, 2020

Two truths and a lie: fundraising in a pandemic

"Two truths and a lie: fundraising in a pandemic" is reprinted from JMT Consulting. My dear friends, colleagues, soul sisters and brothers in the Development Department ... I see you. You work your tails off when times are flush, and…

By Jessica James (she/her)

June 5, 2020

A statement from Candid

No matter what words are used to describe the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Tony McDade, and the murder of Ahmaud Arbery—“tragic,” “brutal,” “abhorrent,” “senseless”—they are not enough. In our homes, our workplaces, on the streets, and…

By Candid

June 4, 2020

Action & accountability: Why demographic data matters now

Every day we wake up anxiously to frightening new data. The number of cases. The number of deaths. Which country has surpassed another? Who’s flattening the “curve.”  And... that the pandemic’s impact is shockingly disproportionate across race, age, gender, and…

By Kelly Brown, Carly Hare (she/her), C. Davis Parchment (she/her), and Melissa Sines (she/her)

May 28, 2020