Date published

Making meaning of Candid’s free demographic data set

Learn how to conduct research using our free demographic data set of over 62,000 nonprofits that’ve shared their data with Candid.

By Anna Koob (she/her)

December 6, 2023

A crash course on trends analysis using Candid’s Foundation 1000 data set

In this blog, we explore Candid’s Foundation 1000 data set and how it can be used for grantmaking trends analysis in the social sector.

By Anna Koob (she/her)

September 21, 2023

Pop the champagne: This year Candid’s grants data set turns 21!

Learn about Candid’s grants data set and how it’s evolved over the past 21 years to reflect the needs of the social sector.

By Anna Koob (she/her) and Cathleen Clerkin, Ph.D. (she/her)

July 27, 2023

We’re listening: Updates to the race and ethnicity options on the Candid profile

Candid has refined the way we collect data about race and ethnicity. In this blog, we share details about the changes, their implications, and the thinking that went into making them.

By Laia Griñó (she/her) and Anna Koob (she/her)

February 16, 2023

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, Ph.D. (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 (she/her)

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 COVID-19 philanthropy 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…

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