Each month Independent Sector December’s research contains important insights into the impacts of COVID-19 on nonprofit jobs and giving to causes focused on women and girls.
Council of Michigan Foundations – An Evaluation of Private Foundation Model Portfolios, Investment Returns, and Payout Rates
As a leadership organization that puts equity at the center and is committed to creating space for reflective conversation, CMF continues to ask the question: Have the market forces and growth in philanthropy—and for CMF, growth in Michigan philanthropy specifically—changed enough to warrant an increase in the 5% rule for private foundations? In 2020 CMF partnered with the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy and Plante Moran Financial Advisors to deepen and expand past research exploring the 5% payout rate to help answer this question, building on the learnings of previous studies they’ve commissioned over the past 20 years.
- More on the study – An Evaluation of Private Foundation Model Portfolios, Investment Returns, and Payout Rates
Center for Civil Society Studies, Johns Hopkins University – Nonprofit Jobs Rebound Slightly In October, But Remain Down By Over 900,000 Compared To Pre-COVID Levels
As of October 2020, the nonprofit workforce remained down by over 900,000 jobs compared to its February 2020 level, representing a 7.3% decline. These missing jobs include over a quarter-million workers in health care institutions; nearly a quarter-million workers in nonprofit educational organizations; over 145,000 workers in social assistance organizations, and more than 120,000 workers in nonprofit arts and culture organizations.
- More on the study – Nonprofit Jobs Rebound Slightly In October, But Remain Down By Over 900,000 Compared To Pre-COVID Levels
The Center for Effective Philanthropy – Foundations Respond to Crisis: A Moment of Transformation?
Amid the compounded crises of COVID-19 and the long-standing structural inequities and racism the pandemic is exacerbating, the myriad calls for funders to make fundamental changes in how they approach their work have grown in number and intensity. How are foundations responding to 2020’s unprecedented challenges? What high-level changes in practice are they making — and will these changes be for the long term?
- More on the study – Foundations Respond to Crisis: A Moment of Transformation?
Women’s Philanthropy Institute, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy – The Women & Girls Index: Measuring Giving to Women’s and Girls’ Causes
From increased attention on incidents of sexual harassment and assault, to calls for equal pay and representation in leadership roles, to policies affecting reproductive rights, women’s and girls’ causes continue to capture society’s interest. Issues of inequality, including gender disparities, have been further magnified by the public health and economic crises brought on by COVID-19, as well as increasingly urgent calls for racial justice following the killings of George Floyd and other Black Americans at the hands of law enforcement.
- More on the study – The Women & Girls Index: Measuring Giving to Women’s and Girls’ Causes
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