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Why We Rhize: Enseignements tirés d’une décennie de soutien aux mouvements

December 19, 2023

Ce rapport vise à rendre hommage à l'héritage de Rhize et à documenter ses nombreux impacts, tout en distillant les défis et les enseignements sur divers thèmes pertinents pour les organisations non gouvernementales (ONG) qui travaillent sur le changement social dans le monde entier. En tant que tel, ce rapport n'offre pas de descriptions exhaustives du travail programmatique d'une ONG, comme le ferait un rapport annuel ou un site Web. Au lieu de cela, il offre une histoire organisationnelle à travers un récit, à plusieurs voix, des rebondissements d'une ONG, en s'appuyant sur des entretiens avec 15 parties prenantes clés de divers points tout au long de son parcours sur dix ans.---This report aims to celebrate Rhize's legacy and document its many impacts, while also distilling challenges and learnings on diverse themes relevant to nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) working in social change worldwide. As such, this report does not offer exhaustive descriptions of an NGO's programmatic work, as an annual report or a website might. Instead, it offers an organizational history through a multi-voiced narrative of an NGO's twists and turns, drawing from interviews with 15 key stakeholders from various points throughout its decade-long journey.

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Why We Rhize: Learnings from a Decade of Supporting Movements

December 19, 2023

This report aims to celebrate Rhize's legacy and document its many impacts, while also distilling challenges and learnings on diverse themes relevant to nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) working in social change worldwide. As such, this report does not offer exhaustive descriptions of an NGO's programmatic work, as an annual report or a website might. Instead, it offers an organizational history through a multi-voiced narrative of an NGO's twists and turns, drawing from interviews with 15 key stakeholders from various points throughout its decade-long journey.

Healthy Places NC: 10 Years That Changed the Way We Work

April 3, 2024

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust launched an ambitious place-based program in 2012 to improve health in rural communities around our home state of North Carolina. Over the last decade, the Trust worked with residents to develop community-driven strategies to improve health outcomes in 10 rural counties, providing more than $100 million in grants and support to these communities.This report looks back at this work and offers key findings about what the Trust and Healthy Places NC counties accomplished. It identifies challenges and provides lessons for other funders interested in rural place-based work. We hope this 10-year evaluation serves as a resource to others investing in long-term community-led change. 

In Abundance: An Analysis of the Thriving Landscape of Collective Giving in the U.S.

April 2, 2024

Collective giving, a tradition observed across various cultures worldwide, epitomizes the ethos of people coming together to affect change. From tandas in Mexico to gehs in Korea and sou sous in West African countries, the collective giving model has historically served as a cornerstone of community generosity, supporting family, friends, and the community itself (Bearman, 2007; Eikenberry, 2006). In the United States, this practice has blossomed into a model of community-based giving that has experienced a significant surge in popularity over the last two decades (Bearman et al., 2017), with early research focusing on the key role of women in giving circles (Shaw-Hardy, 2005).Philanthropy today faces many critical and complex challenges that are both uniquely  urgent for our sector and grounded in wider forces beyond our control. Historic inflation, pandemic-era economic stress, and a general sense of powerlessness are intersecting with a decline in the number of households giving (Rooney, 2019) and volunteering (Dietz & Grimm, 2023). Megadonors are simultaneously pouring billions of dollars into nonprofit causes and prompting concerns about drastically shifting the balance of power (Johnson, 2021). And a new era of racial reckoning and awareness is driving demands for meaningful change in both public and private spaces, even as a range of court decisions and state and federal legislation enter the equation. Philanthropy — alongside countless individuals, institutions, and networks in the U.S. and abroad — is wrestling with what it will mean, and what it will take, to truly embrace principles of equity, inclusion, and justice in their work (Mercado, 2023).Within this context, collective giving has emerged as a growing force in the philanthropic sector. Since 2001, thousands of collective giving groups have galvanized hundreds of thousands of philanthropists to collectively contribute billions of dollars to various causes. And the movement is speeding up: data shared in this report demonstrate that new participation rates have more than doubled every five years since the turn of the millennium.The last major study of collective giving was published in 2017 by the Collective Giving Research Group. The Landscape of Giving Circles/Collective Giving Groups in the U.S. found that more than 150,000 people within 1,600 groups had participated in collective giving, jointly moving $1.29 billion into communities across the country since their inception (Bearman et al., 2017). In Abundance: An Analysis of the Thriving Landscape of Collective Giving in the U.S. builds on this initial knowledge base to demonstrate the tremendous growth of this movement: between 2017 and 2023, nearly 4,000 collective giving groups mobilized approximately 370,000 philanthropists to donate more than $3.1 billion — indicating more than 140% growth in both participation and total monetary donations in a third of the timeframe. Based on these findings, the movement is now on a trajectory to double again in the next five years, cementing its place as a force to be reckoned with in the philanthropic landscape.

A Holistic Approach to Funding Women Environmental Defenders

April 2, 2024

Women environmental defenders are often at the forefront of protecting biodiversity, ensuring food security and sovereignty, and advancing the rights of local communities against environmental injustices caused by extractivism. However, they bear a disproportionate burden of harm due to systems of patriarchy and entrenched gender roles. WEDs face grave risks of retaliation, including gender-based violence, physical assault, psychological abuse, kidnapping, intimidation, false legal charges, defamation, and criminalization, yet they are often working for communal wellbeing. As noted by one of Global Greengrants Fund's advisors, "Organizations led by men often end up negotiating with corporations for material benefits, yet in the case of women, this doesn't happen because the health and security of families and communities aren't for sale."WEDs are powerful solution-holders because they recognize a holistic approach is crucial for building a better future now, and for generations to come. The climate crisis connects all of our fates, and our response as funders should likewise come from a connected and intersectional understanding. We must broadly support the WEDs who are bravely resisting the systems of oppression that created the crisis. This report compiles recommendations and practical steps for environmental justice funders to move from understanding towards action. 

Reevaluating Practice: Reimagining Philanthropy

April 1, 2024

In 2019, the Edward W. Hazen Foundation's board of directors decided to sunset the foundation. We were determined to move the full corpus into communities by 2025—a century after the Foundation's establishment.We made a commitment to center the communities and organizations that the Foundation serves by asking the field to help us design our plan for grantmaking and other sunsetting activities. This initiated a five-year spend-down strategy that included multi-year general operating support, along with various other forms of assistance such as consulting, training, peer learning, and more, in response to the requests of grantees.As we approached our final months, we asked our grantees to share their experience with philanthropy as the basis of our final message to the sector. We hope you will find their insights and aspirations for the field informative.Our partners describe how the power imbalance between funders and grantees weakens the resilience and impact of social justice organizations, affecting the progressive movement's overall health and efficacy. Their insights also reveal how funders' charitable mindset—contrary to a justice-oriented approach—can prioritize ameliorating the symptoms of systemic issues over supporting the individuals tackling these challenges, often replicating these very symptoms within their institutions. Our grantees also share examples of effective and equitable practices from some of our peer institutions, which we are eager to recognize. 

What Social Science Tells Us About Forced Donor Disclosure

March 15, 2024

In recent years, there have been numerous state and federal efforts to change or create disclosure rules to force the public disclosure of donors to nonprofit organizations, with particular focus on 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations (with some attention also paid to 501(c)(3) charitable organizations). And, as the states and Congress consider, and sometimes enact, changes to disclosure laws, the jurisprudence around disclosure is evolving. This is seen most notably in the major U.S. Supreme Court decision Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta (AFPF), which struck down a California rule mandating that charities reveal many of their donors to the government. The AFPF decision has spurred subsequent litigation to address questions left unanswered by the decision. The rhetoric around forced donor disclosure is heated. For instance, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, in advocating for broadened disclosure requirements, refers to the "toxic flood of dark money" that has allowed the wealthy and interest groups to "rig the system secretly in their favor." But, given the legislative and legal activity surrounding disclosure, it is important to move beyond such rhetoric and assess donor disclosure from a social scientific perspective, using the lens of cost-benefit analysis. This paper will show the benefits of forced donor disclosure fall far short of what its proponents claim.The next section lays out the legal rationale for disclosure, with a focus on campaign finance disclosure (which is closely related to nonprofit disclosure). From there, it shows empirical research raises questions about the legal rationale for disclosure, focusing primarily on the purported informational benefits of disclosure. Then, it addresses the more limited empirical research on disclosure costs. Finally, it covers how one can understand disclosure laws through the lens of an economic theory known as public choice.

Jewish Nonprofit Boards: CEO Perceptions & Actions for Better Governance

March 13, 2024

This report shares Leading Edge's recent research findings on how Jewish nonprofit CEOs perceive their boards and how that data compares with data from BoardSource about boards in the general nonprofit sector.The data is based on a May 2023 survey of 304 CEOs and a qualitative research project based on 36 CEO interviews in summer 2023. This report also shares practical actions Jewish nonprofits can take now to improve their board effectiveness. 

Americans’ Understanding and Opinions about Charitable Foundations and Donor-Advised Funds

March 6, 2024

In today's climate, we are used to seeing polls where public opinion on issues is sharply split along the political axis. Debate is highly polarized, with opposing parties staking out competing positions that seldom converge.Inequality.org and The Giving Review might seem to represent opposite poles in such debates – an odd couple for collaboration. And yet, as we came together to discuss what's gone awry in the current state of charitable giving and the incentives our tax system provides to donors, we learned something quite remarkable: we were in near complete agreement about that which should concern the nonprofit sector and policymakers.We cooperated in this survey to see whether our own experience reflects public opinion more broadly –and the results suggest that it does.

When Private Foundations Give Through DAFs: Exploring the How and Why of This Practice

March 6, 2024

Donor-advised funds (DAFs) are charitable giving accounts used by many Americans as a flexible, accessible way to give to charities. Popular with individual donors, DAFs are also sometimes used by private foundations to facilitate their donations. With unique features that encourage giving, DAFs have been used by some foundations to pool resources, streamline administrative tasks, and set aside seed capital for a group that is pursuing IRS determination as a charity.This primer will explore the valuable ways private foundation use DAFs, consider criticisms of this practice, and examine the potential consequences that could arise from imposing new restrictive regulations on private foundation use of DAFs.

New Jersey Nonprofits: Trends and Outlook 2024

March 6, 2024

The New Jersey Center for Nonprofits conducted its annual survey of New Jersey nonprofits online from January 23-February 12, 2024, to assess how nonprofits fared in 2023 and to gauge their outlook for the coming year. This report is based on the 198 online responses from New Jersey 501(c)(3) organizations submitted during the survey period.

2023 Clinton Foundation Impact Report

March 1, 2024

Every morning, all of us wake up and make a decision. Most days, we probably don't even know we're making it. But in the face of big and small challenges, from the deeply personal to the greatest global crises, we all have to decide. Will we throw our hands up and say it's all too much? Or will we live our lives in a way that builds a better future?In a year that often saw the forces of division try to tear us apart, the Clinton Foundation continued our work and advanced our core values of partnership, progress, and putting people first.Throughout the year, we experienced firsthand how our programs and partners are making a difference — each providing powerful examples of how solutions to the world's most pressing challenges are within our reach. 

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