Each month Independent Sector collects research with broad sector relevance to share with you. October’s research contains important insights into the impacts of COVID-19 on charitable giving and grantmaking.
Toward Greater Transparency and Accountability: An Assessment of The California Endowment’s Funding to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color-led Organizations
The California Endowment released a report this month detailing investments made to Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC)-led organizations over the last 10 years through the organization’s Building Healthy Communities (BHC) initiative. The report found that of the $1.8 billion awarded through the initiative, 45% of dollars invested went to Black-led and BIPOC-led organizations throughout California. The report provides a deeper look at where dollars are deployed across the state, which communities are being served, and whether investment changes or practices are needed in order to reach more organizations led by people of color.
- More on the study: Toward Greater Transparency and Accountability: An Assessment of The California Endowment’s Funding to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color-led Organizations
Foundation Source – 2020: The Year That Changed Everything
To determine how private foundations are meeting this moment, Foundation Source asked its private foundation clients about the forces shaping their grantmaking, how they’ve adapted their missions and strategies, and their outlook for the remainder of the year. Because most Foundation Source clients, like the vast majority of private foundations, are relatively small (most with assets of less than $50 million), their answers could provide insight into how the broader private foundation community is responding to the ongoing crisis and what we might expect to see in the coming months.
- More on the study: 2020: The Year That Changed Everything
BNY Mellon: 2020 Annual Charitable Gift Report
BNY Mellon Wealth Management’s 2020 Annual Charitable Gift Report assesses the planned giving landscape, levels of giving, and donor behavior to provide insights, context, and benchmarks. This report provides analytics and observations on the charitable gift annuity and charitable remainder trust activity during calendar year 2019 for over 100 nonprofit organizations, as well as insights gained from BNY Mellon’s Planned Giving clients on gift acceptance policies, donor behavior, and the impact of COVID-19 on gift planning.
- More on the study: 2020 Annual Charitable Gift Report
McQueen Mackin & Associates: Donor Sentiment Toward 2020 Year-End Fundraising
RKD Group and The Nonprofit Alliance teamed up to commission donor sentiment research in late August in order to obtain a better understanding of what December giving will look like and who will likely be donating this holiday season. The detailed results in this report will be beneficial for year-end plans and projections.
- More on the study: Donor Sentiment Toward 2020 Year-End Fundraising
Council on Foundations: 2020 Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Report
The Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Report (GSB) provides salary, benefits, and diversity data for full-time staff at U.S. foundations to aid in budget planning and personnel practice benchmarking. Information is presented by grantmaker type, foundation type, asset size, and geographic location.
- More on the study: 2020 Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Report
Building Movement Project – On the Frontlines: Nonprofits Led by People of Color Confront COVID-19 and Structural Racism
The Building Movement Project’s report, On the Frontlines: Nonprofits Led by People of Color Confront COVID-19 and Structural Racism, shines a spotlight on how 2020’s social upheavals are affecting people of color-led (POC) nonprofit organizations and their communities, programs, leadership, and financial sustainability. The report also provides recommendations to strengthen these nonprofits, leaders of color, and their communities well beyond the crisis response and recovery period and for decades to come.
- More on the study: On the Frontlines: Nonprofits Led by People of Color Confront COVID-19 and Structural Racism
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The research summaries above are by no means an exhaustive list of the newest information out there to help us better understand the nonprofit landscape. Did we miss a report you think we should know about and share? Let us know by leaving a comment!