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The data/crisis catch-22: How the pandemic created a social sector data gap

There’s a data/crisis catch-22: While it’s important to have recent data when managing a crisis, it’s also harder to get. Case in point: 990 data from the IRS.

By Cathleen Clerkin (she/her) and Anna Koob (she/her)

September 26, 2022

Introducing Candid’s U.S. Social Sector Dashboard, Chapter 1

What’s the story of the social sector? And perhaps more fundamentally, what is the social sector? In the United States, the social sector employs over 12 million people (roughly the combined populations of New York City and Los Angeles) and generates more than $3.7 trillion in aggregate annual revenue (a sum greater than President Biden’s $3.5…

By Anna Koob (she/her)

October 20, 2021

Are corporations making good on their racial equity pledges?

Based on our analysis, the answer is, it's (currently) impossible to know—but it’s important to get right. Last summer, the murder of George Floyd and the global racial justice movement brought issues of racial inequity and injustice to the forefront. Candid has been tracking the…

By Anna Koob (she/her) and Adia Colar

July 1, 2021

Where are the 2019 (and 2020) 990s? On filling the gaps in Candid’s grants data

People often ask us, “When will the [year just passed] 990s be available?” Because of the way Form 990 deadlines work, the answer is complicated. There’s no universal date for filing 990s; instead, the end of an organization’s fiscal year…

By Anna Koob (she/her)

May 12, 2021

A look at organizations that have earned GuideStar Seals of Transparency

At Candid, we believe that transparency and the flow of information between social sector actors are fundamental to a vibrant, successful, and trusted sector. We recognize that transparency is multi-dimensional and can be practiced in different ways. For example, nonprofit…

By Anna Koob (she/her) and Carol Brouwer

April 13, 2021

COVID-19 philanthropy and 4 big questions for 2021

What Candid’s data tells us about support for communities of color and social justice amid 2020’s pandemic response The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted every aspect of life around the globe and exacerbated perennial challenges such as entrenched poverty, hunger, lack of…

By Anna Koob (she/her) and Ryan Schlegel (he/him)

February 3, 2021

Answering your questions about nonprofits, disability rights, and the current crises

We’ve been sharing answers to our questions about COVID-19, our democracy, racial equity in our society, and what we can do to help the world move forward. Recently, we emailed to ask you to send us your questions. Here are…

By Anna Koob (she/her) and Sarina Dayal (she/they)

December 10, 2020

Nonprofits, nonpartisanship, and voting

We often hear that nonprofits are nonpartisan, and it’s true that U.S. tax law prohibits public charities—which make up the bulk of the nonprofit sector in the United States—from supporting or opposing specific political candidates or parties. Of course, it…

By Anna Koob (she/her)

October 27, 2020

What does Candid’s grants data say about funding for racial equity in the United States?

Since this blog post was published in July 2020, Candid has updated how we identify racial equity grantmaking in our data. For more details about these changes, as well as the reasoning behind the shift, please visit our racial equity…

By Anna Koob (she/her)

July 24, 2020

Five things that didn’t make it into the latest key facts

In April, Candid released “Key Facts on U.S. Nonprofits and Foundations.” It’s our first attempt to produce high-level insights from Candid’s combined data repository since Foundation Center and GuideStar joined forces last year. And because we wanted to keep it…

By Anna Koob (she/her)

June 2, 2020

Philanthropy and Democracy: Bringing Data to the Debate

Anna Koob is a manager of knowledge services for Foundation Center. As money and politics become increasingly intertwined, the enduring debate around the role of philanthropy in a democratic society has taken on new life in recent months  (see here,…

By Anna Koob (she/her)

October 18, 2018