Candid insights

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

How to ask your long-term funders for more money 

Learn how to approach asking long-term funders for additional grant dollars to support your nonprofit’s operations with expert advice from Candid’s senior director of development.

By David M. Holmes (he/him)

May 28, 2024

Breaking the cycle: Supporting veterans and military families’ basic needs in local communities 

Learn why supporting veterans and military families’ unmet basic needs via more holistic funding and assistance programs is key to improving the health and livelihoods of U.S. veterans.

By Lauren Brathwaite (she/her)

May 23, 2024

5 takeaways from the Fundraising Effectiveness Project’s 2023 data

Dig into the Fundraising the Fundraising Effectiveness Project’s 2023 data to discover five key takeaways, including a decline in the number of donors and donation dollars raised, and what they may signal for nonprofits in 2024.

May 22, 2024

Investing in capacity building: The vital role of general operating support for BIPOC-led nonprofits

Discover why general operating support grants play a critical role in building capacity for BIPOC-led nonprofits and how unrestricted funding can work to unlock greater equity in the sector.

By LaTosha Brown (she/her/hers) and Malikah Berry Rogers (she/her/hers)

May 20, 2024

What to know about U.S. nonprofit sector demographics 

The state of diversity in the U.S. nonprofit sector, a new Candid report, offers baseline insights on the demographic makeup of today’s nonprofit staff, leaders, and board members.

By Kyoko Uchida (she/her)

May 16, 2024

Prioritizing authentic connections through trust-based philanthropy 

Trust-based philanthropy (TBP) is central to Honnold Foundation’s grantmaking; learn how feedback from grassroots nonprofits informs their approach to setting up their grantees to successfully drive lasting impact.

By Emily Teitsworth (she/her) and Kate Trujillo (she/her)

May 15, 2024

Spring cleaning: How to do a social media audit

Learn how to do a social media audit at your nonprofit to ensure your social accounts reflect your brand and communicate accurate, consistent, and up-to-date information about your organization with expert guidance from Candid’s senior digital communications manager.

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

May 14, 2024

Philanthropic collaboratives are finding ways to more effectively measure impact

Find out how philanthropic collaboratives—organizations that distribute resources from multiple donors to nonprofits—are finding new and effective ways to equitably measure impact across their portfolio of grantees.

By Mariah Collins (she/her) and Erika Caballero Montoya (she/her)

May 13, 2024

Closing racial wealth gaps with community land trusts 

Find out what community land trusts are and why they represent a key tool for closing racial wealth gaps and reducing disparities in home ownership in this Candid insights article authored by Living Cities’ president and CEO.

By Joe Scantlebury (he/him)

May 9, 2024

Creating partnerships: Closing the gender pay gap by challenging the status quo together 

To close the gender pay gap—amounting to over $1.6 trillion in lost women’s wages—means challenging the status quo and working in partnership across the sector to address its interconnected root causes.

By Jocelyn Frye (she/her/hers)

May 8, 2024

Telling a compelling story: Communicating program impact in a grant proposal

Communicating program impact in a grant proposal is key to securing funding; get expert tips on how to compellingly convey your nonprofit’s impact to funders to help you win over their support.

By Tracy Kaufman (she/her)

May 7, 2024

Empowering change: Black-founded nonprofits achieving impact with limited resources

Delve into data on Black-founded nonprofits to discover how they’re resiliently committed to driving impact in the face of funding disparities, limited growth opportunities, and the need for equitable support and investment.

By Lauren Brathwaite (she/her)

May 6, 2024