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

As foundations reimagine themselves, they should give attention to DEI in operations

Not every foundation has shifted toward a lens of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), but fortunately, many have. That said, there seems to be a glaring miss amidst all this DEI work, and that is with who gets to participate…

By Satonya Fair (she/her) and Chantal Forster

January 22, 2020

What’s new at Candid (January 2020)

Happy new year! For my squad’s first meeting of the year, we spend some time reflecting on what went well, what challenges we faced, who we met, and what we learned in 2019. We also asked each other, “What’s one…

By Jen Bokoff (she/her)

January 16, 2020

Time for our sector to draw a new fish!

A while ago, I read about an experiment where kids were asked to draw a fish. One group was just told to draw a fish; the other group were told the same thing, but they were also given an example…

By Vu Le (he/him)

January 15, 2020

What we can learn from the latest International Giving trends?

Based out of the UK, Alliance magazine is the leading global magazine on philanthropy and social investment. Today’s post is one of the five most-read Alliance extra articles from 2019. Alliance extra offers premium content usually available only to Alliance…

By Amy McGoldrick

January 8, 2020

Weekend Link Roundup (January 4-5, 2020)

Happy New Year! Before you get back to work for real, check out our weekly roundup of noteworthy items from and about the social sector. For more links to great content, follow us on Twitter at @pndblog.... Climate Change To…

By Mitch Nauffts (he/him)

January 5, 2020

Communities in crisis raise the stakes for sector-wide transparency and information sharing

The inequality and anti-corruption riots of 2019 have taken a dangerous toll on the people of Haiti. Mass demonstrations and violent unrest have resulted in an emerging humanitarian crisis that has left an already-fragile country with acute shortages of food,…

By Skyler Badenoch

January 2, 2020

Garifuna and the 2020 Census

Gilberto Amaya's career in international development has taken him to more than thirty countries, where he has implemented renewable energy systems, agribusiness projects, and poverty alleviation initiatives. Along the way, he witnessed the post-independence struggles of sovereign states whose names…

By Khalil Abdullah

December 2, 2019

Invitation-Only: Closing the Door to Equity?

After more than 20 years of grantmaking in Los Angeles County, you’d think our staff at the Durfee Foundation would know all of the eligible nonprofits in our region. But we don’t. Not long ago, for example, we got a…

By Claire Peeps

November 12, 2019

Hole in the Road to Transparency: People with Disabilities Often Excluded By Foundations & Nonprofits

Philanthropic transparency is vital. But there’s a major challenge – people with disabilities are being excluded by foundations, philanthropy and nonprofits every day. RespectAbility, a nonprofit disability organization, did a major study of close to 1,000 people in the social…

By Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi (she/her)

October 17, 2019

We’ve changed the way we collect and share demographic data!

As we launch a new and improved Demographics section of the Nonprofit Profiles on GuideStar, I’m having a very familiar feeling. In 2014, when GuideStar first launched the Demographics section, I was nervous and excited. We partnered with D5, a five-year…

By Jasmine Marrow (she/her)

September 15, 2019

Philanthropy and Democracy: Bringing Data to the Debate

As money and politics become increasingly intertwined, the enduring debate around the intersecting roles of philanthropy and democracy has taken on new life in recent months  (see here, here, here, and here for prominent examples). One side of the debate sees…

By Anna Koob (she/her)

October 18, 2018

Transparency & Start-up Philanthropy: What We Can Learn from Bezos and Zuckerberg

It’s hard to think of a philanthropic institution as a start-up. The phrase “start-up” conjures the image of two geeks in a garage with big dreams but very limited means. But as we all know from breathless news coverage about…

By Janet Camarena (she/her)

October 11, 2018