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How Funders are Strengthening Nonprofit Capacity: Findings from a Field Scan

April 12, 2022

Launched in 2004, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation's Organizational Effectiveness (OE) program goal is to help nonprofits become high-performing organizations that are healthy, sustainable, and successful in achieving their goals. The program helps grantees build capacity through grants of targeted support across all the foundation's program areas.1 In late 2020, the foundation's Effective Philanthropy Group (EPG) launched a strategy refresh of its OE program.This report summarizes the results of a field scan conducted between January and August 2021 as part of this strategy refresh. The scan sought to learn how the field of nonprofit capacity strengthening has changed over time; who supports capacity strengthening, in what ways, and how they evaluate and learn from their investments; and how broader political, economic, social, and cultural trends are likely to affect the field of nonprofit capacity strengthening in the future. These trends were examined through: (a) a literature review; (b) 15 key informant interviews; and (c) discussions within the foundation's EPG team to analyze findings and their implications.By making the results of this study publicly available, the foundation hopes that it will benefit funders (both in the U.S. and overseas); consultants and support organizations who provide capacity strengthening services; and nonprofits who are interested in or already on an organizational development journey. This study's constraints include a limited set of interviewees selected by the foundation, and concepts and sources that are biased towards North American perspectives. The scan also focused primarily on funders' experiences and did not directly include the perspectives of grantees. The foundation has commissioned an independent evaluation of its OE program, which will include feedback and input from grantees, consultants, and foundation staff. Evaluation findings will be shared later this year.

Mission-Aligned Investing: How We Assess Our Progress

April 4, 2022

This report focuses on impact and ESG investing to share how our investment team thinks about the non-financial returns from our portfolio. Impact and ESG investment metrics remain a work in progress across the industry. Over time, Agility and the RBF have adopted an increasingly more comprehensive lens to assess the non-financial outcomes of our mission-aligned investments. The report details the RBF's 2021 transition to a multi-pronged approach to impact and ESG metrics, including:Considering both qualitative and quantitative data, recognizing that impacts can be positive or negative.Using the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) IRIS+ catalog of generally accepted impact performance metrics to measure social, environmental, and financial success.Adopting the United Nation's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which many have seen as an industry standard, as a method for categorizing ESG and impact goals.Actively engaging with industry coalitions and efforts to further standardize ESG and impact metrics.Aligning our endowment with our mission extends beyond the investments in the portfolio to other steps we, as investors, can take to influence corporations, fund managers, and other asset owners. The report also details our focus areas for intended impact, areas of growth, and shareholder engagement activities. The RBF developed and implemented revised proxy voting guidelines in 2017 and partners with Agility and Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc., in the implementation and subsequent reporting phases of shareholder engagement and proxy voting. The RBF exercised its proxy votes on a range of issues in 2021, including human rights, workplace and board diversity, sustainability and climate change, and others. The report shows how RBF proxy voting reflects and builds on larger trends in shareholder engagement over the last several years.

Giving in Florida

April 1, 2022

Florida's nonprofit sector plays a vital role in supporting local communities. However, the nonprofit sector also has room for growth. According to the Florida Nonprofit Alliance's 2020 report, Summary of the Economic Benefits of Florida's Nonprofit Sector, Florida ranks 47th out of 50 in the United States for the number of nonprofits per 1,000 residents with 4.5 nonprofits per 1,000 residents and 40th out of 50 in the financial impact nonprofits have on the state.This report aims to increase the understanding of philanthropy and provide the region's nonprofit sector, donors, and policy makers with valuable research allowing them to understand the motives and incentives behind individuals' charitable giving behavior. The study also provides analysis of how giving and volunteering patterns change with different donor demographics with the goal of encouraging the nonprofit sector to better connect with a wider range of donors.The study also offers unique insight into the wide range of ways that Floridians give back, including giving money directly to friends and loved ones, contributing to crowdfunding campaigns, and helping in ways other than giving money. The result is a more complete picture of how Floridians are investing in their communities.Finally, the research identifies areas of opportunity for the nonprofit sector. With both the sector and the larger Florida population still dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the information in this report can help the nonprofit sector to keep moving forward to provide Floridians with a brighter future.

Council of Michigan Foundations 2021 Annual Report: Together on the Journey

March 31, 2022

CMF's 2021 Annual Report: Together on the Journey illustrates the innovative leadership of our members in the areas of Equity, People, Practice and Policy and how CMF is championing the work of Michigan philanthropy as we continue to live into our Equity at the Center strategic framework.As you will see in this edition, 2021 was a year of reimagination and deepened commitment for CMF and our community of philanthropy. Together, we:Created spaces to advance personal and organizational equity journeys.Supported the next generation of philanthropy leaders and emerging leaders through youth philanthropy programming and resources, a revamped mentoring program and member-sponsored fellowships.Convened ad hoc working groups, bringing together deep expertise, research and new partners to address our most pressing issues.Piloted new efforts to inform long-term strategies to move the needle on systemic change.Deepened connections with local and state policymakers to partner in navigating incoming federal COVID relief dollars to shape equitable investments.Commissioned research to provide data to the field to inform data-driven conversations.We are deeply grateful for all in our community of philanthropy who engage and support these efforts, in service to the communities we serve, our state and our field.

Philanthropy Always Sounds Like Someone Else: A Portrait of High Net Worth Donors of Color

March 9, 2022

Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) donors with high net worth (HNW) represent a transformational force in social change philanthropy. Their life experience, vision, and leadership are vital in a historical moment in which the salience of race and racism to every institution and system in U.S. society is glaringly evident, and in which new ideas and solutions are urgently needed. These individuals have the means and the ability to move large-scale resources to address the deep imbalance in racial equity giving. They have the interest and skill to fund and create systemic change. And they are getting organized and exerting leadership as never before.Yet this story about donors of color has never been told. Philanthropy Always Sounds Like Someone Else: A Portrait of High Net Worth Donors of Color (hereafter cited as "Portrait"), presents a qualitative analysis of interviews with 113 high net worth Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) donors, conducted over three years in ten cities across the U.S. This is, to our knowledge, the largest qualitative research project of HNW people of color ever reported in the philanthropic literature.The report takes its name from a reflection articulated by one interviewee and shared by others with whom we spoke, that philanthropy as a concept never seemed to include them as people of color. This makes sense. Philanthropy is about class. And class has long had a race and a gender. The racialization of wealth and philanthropy in the U.S. is why the stories in this report have not yet been told. And it is also the reason why so many of the people interviewed in our research keep traditional philanthropic networks and organizations at arms length.

Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis

March 4, 2022

After months of posturing while simultaneously denying any plans to attack, Russian President Vladimir Putin's assaults on multiple cities in Ukraine began overnight on Feb. 24 and have continued day and night since then.The Center for Disaster Philanthropy's (CDP) response to this crisis is focused on humanitarian needs that arise, particularly among internally-displaced peoples (IDPs) and refugees. We are not looking at the conflict itself except in how it affects population movement and humanitarian needs. To that end, this profile is not providing detailed updates about the status of the war as we believe that is better done by news media.

Building a better future with and for young people: Annual Report 2020–2021

February 23, 2022

Global Fund for Children partners with local organizations around the world to help children and youth reach their full potential and advance their rights.In the fight for children's rights, Global Fund for Children champions bold ideas that would otherwise go unheard. We are the only global nonprofit dedicated to discovering, funding, and coaching truly community-based organizations that empower children and youth.We take smart risks that others won't, partnering with innovative organizations that are fighting the odds in places like slums, refugee camps, and rural villages. We provide a crucial link, connecting community leaders with the professional services and support they need to succeed.By walking alongside our partners and helping them to develop and thrive, we are building a future where all children and youth are safe, strong, and valued.

2021 Local Grantmaking Capacity Survey Summary

February 17, 2022

Since 2009, the Packard Foundation has surveyed our local Bay Area grantee partners to better understand and monitor the context in which these organizations work, as well as their organizational strengths and needs. In 2021, the survey was designed to focus on the major issues of this time including the continued impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, regional wildfires, and the economic downturn. This executive summary presents the 2021 survey findings that gathered data from 121 organizations that our Local Grantmaking program supports.The report highlights the sustained impact the pandemic has had on community-based organizations, such as increases in service demands and significant senior leadership turnover, as well as signs of hope and progress, including increases in in-person services and increases in overall private funding and relief funding. The findings paint a picture of an ecosystem of organizations who are optimistic about the pandemic recovery and their ability to meet the challenges and demands of the time but still grappling with the unpredictable landscape and how it will affect their capacity, staff, clients, and community. Recruiting, retaining, and supporting staff remains at the heart of many of the most difficult and pressing capacity needs, including staff for fundraising, monitoring, and justice and equity work. Additionally, organizations see an opportunity for the Packard Foundation to not only continue, but augment, its investments and supports for justice and equity efforts.The Foundation uses this annual survey to inform our local Bay Area grantmaking strategies, including initiatives where we support projects and learning opportunities that enhance the organizational and leadership capacity of grantees.

LGTBQ+ Alliance Fund 2021 Impact Report

February 15, 2022

The LGBTQ+ Alliance Fund was formed in 1999 when the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona applied for and was awarded a two-year, $100,000 challenge grant from the National Lesbian and Gay Community Funding Partnership.The Fund was established to expand funding opportunities and resources for LGBTQ+ organizations in Tucson and rural southern Arizona (Pima, Cochise and Santa Cruz counties) and to create linkages with straight allies.Since 1999, the LGBTQ+ Alliance Fund has awarded $1,025,957 to 72 organizations in support of Southern Arizona's LGBTQ+ programs and initiatives. 

On All Fronts: 2021 Annual Report

January 31, 2022

The Center for Reproductive Rights uses the power of law to advance reproductive rights as fundamental human rights around the world. We envision a world where every person participates with dignity as an equal member of society, regardless of gender; where every woman is free to decide whether or when to have children and whether to get married; where access to quality reproductive health care is guaranteed; and where every woman can make these decisions free from coercion or discrimination.

Pillars Fund 2021 Annual Report

December 20, 2021

Pillars Fund amplifies the leadership, narratives, and talents of Muslims in the United States to advance opportunity and justice for all. Since our founding in 2010, Pillars has distributed more than $6 million in grants to Muslim organizations and leaders who advance social good. We invest in community-focused initiatives, push back against harmful narratives, uplift Muslim stories, and give collectively to generate resources within Muslim communities for Muslim communities.

2020 | 2021 Report to the Community

December 20, 2021

Foundation For The Carolinas serves as a catalyst for philanthropic activity in our 13-county region and is a driver for major civic efforts. We offer innovative solutions that help individuals, nonprofits and companies bring their charitable visions to life.Established in 1958, we are a civic leader and philanthropic partner. With more than $3 billion in charitable assets across nearly 3,000 charitable funds established by families, nonprofits and businesses, we are one of the largest community foundations in the U.S. FFTC supports personal and corporate philanthropy through a range of innovative fund and giving options. We also drive nonprofit sustainability through endowment management, customized solutions and grantmaking.Our flagship program, the Robinson Center for Civic Leadership, is actively addressing the community's most pressing challenges and greatest opportunities, from economic opportunity to neighborhood revitalization to education and more.

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