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Words to Avoid—2023 Edition

It’s that time again—Words to Avoid, 2023, a list of words, terms, and phrase to reconsider before using.

By Ryan Gerhardt (he/him)

January 13, 2023

Why defining BIPOC-led is harder than you think

The term BIPOC-led is today’s king of philanthropic buzzwords. But what does it actually mean? Find out why defining BIPOC-led might be harder than you’d think.

By Cathleen Clerkin (she/her)

December 8, 2022

Compensation in the new age: findings from Candid’s 2022 Nonprofit Compensation Report

Candid’s 2022 Nonprofit Compensation Report can help fill in the gaps when it comes to benchmarking compensation. The report captures the most authoritative and accurate compensation data from close to 88,000 nonprofits based on IRS data. Here we share a couple takeaways from this year’s report.

By Reina Mukai (she/her) and Parshya Kavoosi (she/her)

September 8, 2022

Reframe, commit, and expand: How to meaningfully invest in Black leaders

Despite the need for a significant shift in how philanthropy supports Black leaders and communities, long-term commitments are episodic at best. Echoing Green shares three calls to action for philanthropy to be more just and equitable.

By Tiffany Thompson (she/her)

August 18, 2022

Celebrating Black history and Black futures

While recently recognized as a federal holiday in 2021, Black people have long celebrated the historical importance of Juneteenth. From kitchen tables to campuses of Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Juneteenth is well revered in the Black community as…

By ABFE and Candid

June 17, 2022

How to master participatory grantmaking by engaging the right voices

Grantmaking is hard, but it’s even harder when you aren’t engaging the voices of people with lived experience. In the video of their recent webinar with Candid, authors Ben Wrobel and Meg Massey provide tangible examples of participatory grantmaking in…

By Meg Massey (she/her) and Ben Wrobel (he/him)

May 17, 2022

Remembering Urvashi

On Monday, May 16, I woke up to the devastating news that Urvashi Vaid had died. A pioneering LGBTQ+ civil rights activist, she leaves behind organizations, books, networks, movements, and ideas that will continue to inspire for decades to come.…

By Bradford K. Smith (he/him)

May 17, 2022

Why cultural reimagination must precede DEI initiatives

There are myriad ideas circulating in the current diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) conversation. And for good reason - much needs to be said. And yet, there is much less noise just one layer below - in the realm of…

By Rachel Wyley (she/her)

May 5, 2022

In conversation: using data and education to advance racial equity at MEASURE

On March 13, 2022, Meme Styles, president and founder of MEASURE, joined Candid CEO Ann Mei on the stage at SXSW for their talk: Using Data to Advance Racial Equity (available to watch now on YouTube). Candid's team reached out…

By Meme Styles (she/her)

April 6, 2022

The importance of talking about—and collecting data on—race to improve racial equity

Originally published by the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP). Not so long ago, the word “race” was something that many people shied away from—a four-letter word not to be spoken in polite company. Similarly, “racial equity” and “racial justice” were…

By Cathleen Clerkin (she/her)

February 7, 2022

Participatory Philanthropy for Individual Donors

Participatory philanthropy is not a new practice in philanthropy and participatory processes have an even longer history dating back centuries, yet contemporary interest in participatory philanthropy has grown significantly over the last few years. As we, at the Effective Philanthropy…

By Erinn Andrews (she/her) and Paul Brest

December 8, 2021

Breaking into the nonprofit space as an organization of color

So, you want to break into the nonprofit space as an organization of color? Great, you are in the right place! Word of caution: There is no magical formula. You have to put the pieces together and realize that the…

By Dr. Duleep Deosthale (he/him)

October 14, 2021