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The forgotten sector?

All nonprofit organizations, large or small, have one thing in common—they exist to provide a public benefit. Although smaller nonprofits, defined provisionally as having 500 employees or fewer, have been able to take advantage of government lending programs established in…

By Larry McGill (he/him)

May 19, 2020

Foundations and the Great Recession: context for our current crises

If the world were fighting only the coronavirus (Covid-19) at the moment, that would be challenge enough. But we are not just battling a disease, we are also in the midst of a historic economic meltdown. What does this mean…

By Larry McGill (he/him)

March 30, 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

Few large U.S. foundations changed giving priorities after 2016 presidential election

In early 2019, Candid asked 645 of the largest U.S. foundations whether they had changed their funding priorities in 2017 and 2018 as a result of the 2016 presidential election. The vast majority (88 percent) of the respondents said their…

By Larry McGill (he/him)

January 7, 2020