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What we know about MacKenzie Scott’s 2020 grants

Over the course of 2020, MacKenzie Scott announced grants totaling almost $6 billion. As gestures of transparency, she released lists of recipient organizations in July and in December. In a recent analysis, we looked at the characteristics of the December…

By Jacob Harold (he/him)

March 25, 2021

What we know about the nonprofits that received grants from MacKenzie Scott

In December, MacKenzie Scott announced a round of giving that was striking for its scale: $4.2 billion across 384 organizations. It was also striking in its approach: Scott made a set of large, unrestricted — and unsolicited — grants to…

By Jacob Harold (he/him)

January 28, 2021

Trust, race, and grants data

Research suggests that U.S. foundations trust Black-led organizations enough to give them money, but not enough to give them control. A recent analysis by Bridgespan and Echoing Green looked at a set of comparable grant-funded organizations and found that the unrestricted net…

By Jacob Harold (he/him)

December 8, 2020

What can data tell us about racial equity in philanthropy?

Foundations and nonprofits exist to make a better world. The racial equity conversation in the United States has led to a new round of questions about how they contribute to that better world. How much philanthropic capital is directed to…

By Jacob Harold (he/him)

September 16, 2020

Sharing knowledge across sectors

If we are wise, each of us believes that we have something to learn from other sectors. And if others are wise, they believe they have something to learn from us. This is true not just for individuals but also…

By Jacob Harold (he/him)

August 31, 2020

How does Candid collect data about grants?

In a recent article, the Chronicle of Philanthropy noted that the bulk of the recent (2020) racial equity grant dollars appears to have come from corporations. Candid’s data would suggest that is true. Our colleagues at the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy criticized the article by highlighting the…

By Jacob Harold (he/him)

August 28, 2020

How many nonprofits will shut their doors? State-level data

The whispered question continues: How many nonprofits will shut their doors because of the COVID-19 crisis? In July, we released an analysis that attempts to offer an answer to that question at the national level in the United States. Of course, we…

By Jacob Harold (he/him)

August 17, 2020

Long-term planning in a time of flux and struggle: sharing Candid’s 2030 vision

This is a moment of immediacy. The entire globe is battling a pandemic. The streets of American cities are brought alive by righteous anger at racial injustice. Urgency eclipses long-term thinking, as it should. That sense of urgency is central…

By Jacob Harold (he/him)

July 16, 2020

How many nonprofits will shut their doors?

We find ourselves amidst a pandemic-driven recession of uncertain scope and duration. Over the last months, Candid employees have been asked repeatedly, “How many nonprofits are going to shut their doors and go out of business?” There is no easy…

By Jacob Harold (he/him)

July 15, 2020

Research shows nonprofit transparency matters

We’re republishing some of the most popular posts from the GuideStar Blog, a Candid Blog predecessor, here in the Candid Blog, including: Research shows nonprofit transparency matters. Academic research supports what we at GuideStar (and now Candid) have long believed:…

By Jacob Harold (he/him)

June 24, 2020

The social sector can’t let the COVID crisis go to waste

"The social sector can’t let the COVID crisis go to waste" is reprinted from the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Natural disasters birth new communities out of the rubble of the old. After earthquakes, hurricanes, and tsunamis, people have no choice but…

By Jacob Harold (he/him)

June 10, 2020

Fragility and resilience: the landscape of nonprofit financial health in the U.S.

The media is full of the economic consequences of the coronavirus. Here in the United States, 40 million people have lost jobs. Prominent businesses—from Hertz to J. Crew—have declared bankruptcy. But thus far there is an eerie silence as to…

By Jacob Harold (he/him)

June 8, 2020