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Getting from “no” to “yes” for climate justice

A philanthropy insider once shared during a presentation that foundations develop guidelines so they know to whom to say “no.” Though it sounded cynical and harsh, it also rang true. My years in the field have only served to reinforce…

By Janet Camarena (she/her)

June 16, 2022

Introducing Candid Learning for Funders

Today marks the launch of Candid Learning for Funders, your new destination for field guides, blogs, training, and tools designed to improve the practice of grantmaking. Beginning today, Candid’s funder field guides, self-paced courses, and learning tools that were previously…

By Janet Camarena (she/her)

February 8, 2022

Risk & reward: Open Road Alliance and Candid launch new risk management course for funders

One need look no further than the events of the last 18 months to understand the importance of considering the power of the unexpected to disrupt and derail the best laid plans. How can funders safeguard impact in an uncertain…

By Janet Camarena (she/her) and Maya Winkelstein (she/her)

October 21, 2021

New Funding Smarter Course Launches

Much of the work we do here at Candid is aimed at sharing peer giving activity and learning with funders so that we can all work collectively smarter. We have a number of tools that can help funders address common…

By Janet Camarena (she/her)

May 6, 2021

Video teaser: Candid’s brand-new, free training for funders

We’re pleased to announce today’s launch of a new, free course for grantmakers, “Funding Smarter: Using Candid Tools to Inform and Share Your Foundation’s Work.” This two-hour, online course—which you can take at your own pace—will show you how to use Candid’s…

By Chris Bunting (they/them) and Janet Camarena (she/her)

April 29, 2021

Introducing Candid Learning

We are excited to introduce you, the people who power the social sector, to Candid Learning. Candid Learning is your new single destination for trainings, resources, and learning experiences to improve the way you do your work. Beginning today, Candid’s…

By Janet Camarena (she/her) and Zohra Zori (she/her)

July 23, 2020

COVID-19 Response: Which Changes in Grantmaking Practice Should Be Here to Stay?

Recently PEAK Grantmaking and Candid teamed up on a Community Conversation as part of an ongoing PEAK series designed to provide a forum for peer learning and knowledge exchange on COVID-19 response practices. Melissa Sines, Programs and Knowledge Director for…

By Janet Camarena (she/her) and Melissa Sines (she/her)

May 19, 2020

Coronavirus heightens the importance of being a transparent and flexible foundation

In a week’s time, life has changed in unimaginable ways as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Predictable routines of work and school have been upended as we “shelter in place” and shift work to home offices shared in…

By Janet Camarena (she/her)

March 25, 2020

Join the next decade of foundation transparency

Ten years ago, you rarely found references to foundation transparency. Most mentions at the time focused on its importance for grantees or governments. But the world was changing to one in which everyone expected to be able to find all…

By Janet Camarena (she/her)

January 30, 2020

Transparency & Start-up Philanthropy: What We Can Learn from Bezos and Zuckerberg

Janet Camarena is director of transparency initiatives at Foundation Center. It’s hard to think of a philanthropic institution as a start-up. The phrase “start-up” conjures the image of two geeks in a garage with big dreams but very limited means.…

By Janet Camarena (she/her)

October 11, 2018

The Risky Business of Foundation Opacity

In case there was ever any doubt that foundation philanthropy suffers from an opacity problem, a recent Foundation Review article, Foundation Transparency: Opacity — It’s Complicated, by Robert J. Reid, helps settle the matter through research findings that confirm the…

By Janet Camarena (she/her)

May 23, 2018

Sean Parker and the Perils of Stealth Philanthropy

I love weddings and I love philanthropy, so I have been following the fallout from Sean Parker’s wedding with growing interest over the last couple of weeks of unrelenting news coverage surrounding the big event. Mr. Parker is the co-founder…

By Janet Camarena (she/her)

June 17, 2013