When COVID-19 reached the pandemic stage, questions started coming into Candid at a pace we had never seen before. At their peak, inquiries to our online librarians increased 390 percent. “Where can my organization find funding to help us meet skyrocketing demand?” “I was just laid off because of COVID shutdowns. Is there someplace I can get help paying my bills?” Turns out #WeHaveSomeQuestions.
Then, in late May, the focus of the questions changed: “What is being done about racial justice?” “Why isn’t more being done?” “What is working?”
And questions about U.S. democracy are evergreen.
So we turned to our data for answers—about COVID, racial equity, democracy, and more—always focusing on what we can do to help you move forward. To paraphrase our mission, we sought answers that would help you do good.
We’ve created a place where you can see some of these questions and answers. Here’s a sample of what you’ll find at #WeHaveSomeQuestions—click through to find the answers:
- Q. Small businesses are shuttering. What will happen to small nonprofits?
- Q. U.S. foundations give out $82 billion a year. How much of that is for Black communities?
- Q. How concerned are foundations about the future of democracy?
We know you have many more questions. We want to hear them.
What do you want to know? How can our data and experience help you do good? Drop your questions in the comments section below or through social media using the hashtag #WeHaveSomeQuestions. We’ll be adding new blog posts monthly to answer your questions.