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Filling the data and knowledge gap: how philanthropy can better partner with Indigenous communities

In anticipation of its forthcoming issue devoted to Indigenous philanthropy, Alliance magazine asked three Candid employees who were deeply involved in developing the Investing in Native Communities website to share lessons from that experience. “Philanthropy has consistently under-funded Indigenous communities…

By Grace Sato (she/her), Supriya Kumar (she/her), and Sarina Dayal (she/they)

February 25, 2020

Celebrating Candid’s first year with our social media followers

Our commemoration of Candid’s first anniversary is drawing to a close. For the last celebratory post in this blog, we wanted to share some of our favorite #CandidAnniversary social media updates. We featured the photo at the beginning of this…

By Suzanne Coffman (she/her)

February 24, 2020

What’s new at Candid (February 2020)

It’s been a year since we’ve become Candid ... wow! Next month, we’ll launch our first annual report so that you can see a full picture of all that’s been happening behind the scenes. I work with incredibly driven and…

By Jen Bokoff (she/her)

February 21, 2020

DEI starts with us

Don’t take away my Black card during Black History Month. Before you read what I wrote below, you should also know that I am one who has experienced and fought racism and discrimination in the workplace. I won some battles…

By Valerie F. Leonard (she/her)

February 20, 2020

Social impact trends that will shape 2020 and beyond

Social impact, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, purpose-driven brands, social good … call it what you will … statistics show that how companies positively contribute to the communities they do business in and the world around them is more important to…

By Maureen Carlson (she/her)

February 19, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions on Census 2020: Census Identities Still Confound

Everyone in the United States plays a race or ethnic card at some point, or at least everyone who responds to the decennial census. Despite the scientific consensus that race is an artificial social construct, unmoored from biological reality, is…

By Khalil Abdullah

February 18, 2020

Inside Candid’s first year: defining our values

Many of us breathed a sigh of relief on February 1, 2019. It was official: Foundation Center and GuideStar had combined operations to form a new nonprofit, Candid. It had been a long road getting to Candid's first year. Then…

By Jen Bokoff (she/her) and Mizmun Kusairi (she/her)

February 18, 2020

Weekend Link Roundup (February 15-16, 2020)

Our weekly roundup of noteworthy items from and about the social sector. For more links to great content, follow us on Twitter at @pndblog.... Fundraising Everything in the world of fundraising is based on relationships, or should be, right? Well,…

By Mitch Nauffts (he/him)

February 16, 2020

What is a theory of change? Or a logic model?

What exactly is a theory of change? That’s a question I get a lot in my work with nonprofits. The short answer: It’s just what it sounds like. It’s an organization’s theory about how things are going to change as…

By Laurel Molloy (she/her)

February 14, 2020

Designing Partner-Centered Grantmaking Processes

Human-centered design is on the rise within the social sector. Governments, nonprofits, and social enterprises are increasingly generating products, systems, and processes that put the people primarily affected by a problem at the center of their design process. Called “design…

By Vanessa Stevens (she/her)

February 13, 2020

The problem with everything being all about relationships

Hi everyone, this week is Valentine’s Day, arguably the most annoying and stressed-filled day ever. I like it as much as I like infinity scarves. But at least we have #NonprofitPickupLines on Twitter. Go make that trend again. “Hey there, is your…

By Vu Le (he/him)

February 13, 2020

50 years of Southern philanthropy

In November, I had the pleasure of speaking at SECF50, the 50th annual meeting of the Southeastern Council of Foundations. Using Candid data, I compared philanthropy in the South fifty years ago to philanthropy in the region today. Here are…

By Larry McGill (he/him)

February 11, 2020