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What's new at Candid (November 2019)

By Jen Bokoff
November 4, 2019

Candid curriculum design manager Christine Bunting photographs GlobalGiving's Alix Guerrier and Fidelity Charitable's Amy Pirozzolo as they answer questions about donor-advised funds at Candid's 2019 Network Days.

This marks the first of our “What’s new at Candid” posts on our new Candid blog. It’s long intentionally—we wanted you to have a one-stop place for all of our latest and greatest. We encourage you to share any relevant pieces with your staff and network. If there's anything you'd like me to cover in these monthly updates, let me know in the comments below. My colleagues and I are always eager to hear your thoughts!


  • Candid is launching its first training offerings with the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy this month and next month, with in-person offerings of “8 Steps for Cultivating Relationships with Individual Donors” across the country. We are collaborating with the institute to build out our curriculum on individual giving.
  • Scholarships for Change, a first-of-its-kind website that explores how donors are using scholarships to accelerate the broader change they hope to see in the world, launched October 15. Created by Candid, it pulls together data and knowledge to tell the story of how philanthropic dollars are supporting scholars in their academic and professional journeys and guides funders in the practice of scholarship grantmaking.
  • Candid's New York City office hosted 62 Funding Information Network partners for our annual Network Days October 10-11. Over these two days, Candid staff and guest speakers shared several Candid resources, facilitated a workshop on culturally responsive philanthropy, and led a Q&A on donor-advised funds.
  • The 2019 GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report launched September 24. The report is the only large-scale nonprofit compensation analysis based entirely on IRS data. It includes 162,853 observations from 113,549 990 and 990-EZ filings and compensation data on 14 top leadership positions, including CEO, CFO, and more.
  • Native Americans in Philanthropy and Candid partnered to launch a new, interactive website to encourage greater funding and support for Native communities. Launched September 12,  Investing in Native Communities is a free site that shares funding data, research, history, and other crucial information to help funders best support Native causes. 
  • On September 18, Candid hosted its second annual program with the authors of Unicorns Unite, Vu Le (joining remotely from Seattle), Jane Leu, and Jessamyn Shams-Lau. The program included an in-person and livestreamed panel discussion, followed by a facilitated in-person exercise with the authors in San Francisco, plus 18 watch parties across North America for which a facilitated guide was shared. View the recording.
  • Candid retired the GuideStar Blog September 9 and launched the blog you're reading now the following day.
  • Candid's Cleveland team is a lead partner in The Soul of Philanthropy,  a three-month exhibition that opened at the Cleveland History Center on Friday September 6. More than 350 philanthropists, foundation executives, civic and business leaders, and community members, including our own Candid trustee, Deb Hoover, joined us at the opening. It was a magnificent celebration dedicated to uplifting and amplifying the power of black philanthropy.
  • On August 29, Candid's western region staff presented a program exploring proposed California legislation to regulate donor-advised funds. Some 94 individuals participated in person, and 91 more via livestream. View the recording.
  • Introduction To FDO, a free training on how to use Foundation Directory Online, is now available as a video, will be an upcoming webinar, and is also being offered across the country by Candid trainers and partners in our Funding Information Network. As of this morning, the YouTube video has been viewed 873 times since its posting on August 21.
  • On August 19, we launched a revamped Demographics section in our Nonprofit Profiles on GuideStar. See our step-by-step guide for completing the Demographics section for more information. Recently, we also announced that November 15 is the deadline for nonprofits to update their profiles if they want the changes to appear on our 200-plus partner sites by #GivingTuesday.
  • Our Is Starting a Nonprofit Right for You? course is available as a video and in-person across the country. As of this morning, the YouTube video has been viewed 1,374 times since its posting on August 1. This course is designed to pair well with the Nonprofit Startup Assessment Tool.

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