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Collecting data during a humanitarian crisis

When a crisis occurs—whether it’s the war in Ukraine or the COVID-19 pandemic—people seek up-to-date information. They want to understand, for example, how the crisis is evolving or how many people are affected. In the social sector, the questions that…

By Grace Sato (she/her) and Laia Griñó (she/her)

July 27, 2022

Foundation giving and payout: what changed in 2021?

Every January, Candid surveys large U.S. private and community foundations to understand recent giving trends and forecast where giving is headed. [1] This year, we asked funders about their giving in FYE (fiscal year end) 2020 and 2021, including funding…

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

July 5, 2022

Lessons from 2019 to maximize future disaster giving decisions

Earlier this month, Candid and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) released the eighth edition of our annual Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy report. In it, we examined available 2019 data on global disaster-related philanthropy, analyzing funding from foundations, bilateral and multilateral donors, the U.S. federal government, corporations, and donations through donor-advised funds…

By Supriya Kumar (she/her) and Grace Sato (she/her)

November 30, 2021

Toward transparent metrics

What we can learn about nonprofit results from Platinum Seal holders How do nonprofits measure success? How do they know they’re making a difference? Questions about the nonprofit sector’s impact and effectiveness abound—and are inordinately hard to answer. But one source for answering these…

By Grace Sato (she/her)

August 30, 2021

“Seeding by ceding”: What we know about the latest group of organizations funded by MacKenzie Scott

Last month, philanthropist MacKenzie Scott announced that she, in partnership with her husband Dan Jewett, donated another $2.74 billion to philanthropic entities. Her third round of grants in less than a year, Scott wrote that grant recipients were “286 high-impact organizations in categories and communities that have been historically underfunded and overlooked.” These included higher education institutions…

By Grace Sato (she/her)

July 22, 2021

Did foundation giving and payout shift in 2020?

Every year, Candid conducts the Foundation Giving Forecast Survey, asking large U.S. foundations to share information about their philanthropic giving over the last two years as well as their plans for the year ahead. This year, we were especially interested…

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

June 29, 2021

Libraries pivot to survive pandemic

“Libraries store the energy that fuels the Imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life,” said famed writer and producer Sidney Sheldon. During COVID-19, libraries…

By Grace Sato (she/her) and Asia Hadley (she/her)

April 6, 2021

What we can learn today from disaster funding in 2018

So far, 2020 has been a record-setting year for disasters. There is, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic. Then there’s the Atlantic hurricane season, which has seen so much activity that forecasters exhausted the alphabetical list of storm names and had…

By Grace Sato (she/her) and Guy Mika (he/him)

November 17, 2020

Answering your questions: What you need to know before you give

At Candid, we get asked all kinds of questions. As you can imagine, lately we’ve seen quite a few relating to COVID-19, our democracy, and racial equity in our society. So many in fact that we created a place to…

By Grace Sato (she/her)

October 8, 2020

What we don’t know about COVID-19 funding, and how you can help

Candid began tracking philanthropic gifts for COVID-19 on February 3, 2020—two weeks after the Centers for Disease Control confirmed the first U.S. case and as evidence of the pandemic’s disastrous scale was mounting. Recently, in partnership with the Center for…

By Grace Sato (she/her)

September 24, 2020

Nonprofits advancing racial equity

Amid the current uprisings around Black Lives Matter, anti-racism, and ending police violence, many are turning to Candid tools to inform their giving and to get data to support racial equity in the social sector. Candid’s research team took this…

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

June 29, 2020

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

Reprinted from Alliance. 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…

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

February 25, 2020