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Collecting data during a humanitarian crisis

When a crisis occurs—whether it’s the war in Ukraine or the COVID-19 pandemic—people seek up-to-date information. They want to understand, for example, how the crisis is evolving or how many people are affected. In the social sector, the questions that…

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

July 27, 2022

The overhead myth: crash course to fundraising transparency

The overhead myth states that nonprofits that can spend the least amount on overhead are seen as the most effective. It’s time to disprove this.

By Jacob Spencer

July 26, 2022

Philanthropy during COVID-19 in India

Candid and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) released a new report, Philanthropy and COVID-19: Examining giving in 2021, in May 2022 that details COVID-19-related philanthropic funding in 2021. To understand how the pandemic impacted the philanthropic sector and civil…

By Sarina Dayal (she/they)

July 20, 2022

Commitment to funding Native self-determination 

For decades, Native American tribes have faced economic and food insecurity, education barriers, substandard and overcrowded housing, and limited healthcare—all tied to flawed federal policies and broken treaties. To address these inequities, our goal at Partnership With Native Americans (PWNA)…

July 14, 2022

All you need to know about fiscal sponsorship

Many people have amazing ideas for creating a nonprofit or public-benefit project, but aren’t sure how to get started or find funding. Instead of starting a new organization, you may want to consider working with an existing 501(c)(3) public charity…

By Melissa Pulis (she/her)

July 12, 2022

Unlock the power of evaluation at your organization

Organizations often hire evaluation consultants (like us) because they are tired of their evaluation activities not generating useful information for their organization or they’re not sure where to start. For some, the process may feel onerous on staff and clients,…

By Elba Garcia (she/her) and Katie McGeehan, PhD, MS (she/her)

July 12, 2022

Five tips to get you ready for a social media giving day

July 15 is officially Social Media Giving Day. This ‘holiday’ began in 2013, when Givver.com promoted it as an opportunity to leverage social media platforms for donations. Since then, a lot has changed. Meta and TikTok have made donations even…

By Kate Meyers Emery, Ph.D. (she/her)

July 7, 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

A Maryland nonprofit’s quest to bridge the gap between job seekers and employers

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed multiple cracks in our society’s infrastructure. And over the past two years, those of us in the nonprofit sector who are committed to workforce development have seen the divide between job seekers and employers grow…

By Grace Lee

June 30, 2022

Engage, request, repeat: The proven formula for retaining donors

Donor retention is the measurement of how many donors continue giving to your nonprofit year after year. You can calculate this metric for your organization by dividing the number of donors who gave again this year by the total number…

By Jay Love (he/him)

June 28, 2022

Individual giving – finding the hidden gems in your prospect pool

Turn up the donor pipeline –are you leveraging your board? Charitable giving soared to a record-breaking $471 billion in 2020, according to the Giving USA 2021 Study. This was a 5.1% increase over 2019 despite a 2.3% decrease in GDP.…

By Maria Uribe (she/her)

June 23, 2022

Philanthropy during COVID-19 in Brazil 

Candid and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) released a new report, Philanthropy and COVID-19: Examining giving in 2021, in May 2022 that details COVID-19-related philanthropic funding in 2021. To understand how the pandemic impacted the philanthropic sector and civil…

By Sarina Dayal (she/they)

June 23, 2022