Research Round Robin: February 2020

We’ve collected another month’s worth of research with broad sector relevance that drew our interest – and thought you’d be interested in seeing it, too. This month’s set contains important insights on philanthropic trends, the biggest donors of 2019, and pretrial risk assessment instruments.

Johnson Center at Grand Valley State University 11 Trends in Philanthropy for 2020

In politics, in business, and in our communities, Americans are questioning the very nature of philanthropy and probing its core value. These questions ask who has the responsibility — or the right — to tackle complex problems like poverty and climate change. They ask how nonprofits and funders are evolving in response to community needs.

These questions are not new; they have been at the heart of our sector since the beginning. Rather, they are renewed in our modern context. They are shaped by and interpreted through the spectrum of larger world forces — like justice, socioeconomic inequality, civil trust, and compassion — that we’re grappling with today.

Now, for the fourth year in a row, experts and thought leaders from the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy explore 11 trends in philanthropy for 2020 to help you anticipate and embrace what’s next.

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Chronicle of Philanthropy’s Philanthropy 50 2019

America’s biggest donors gave a total of more than $15.8 billion to nonprofits in 2019, the 20th year the Chronicle has been compiling the Philanthropy 50. This year’s report features the Chronicle’s analysis of the list and giving trends among megadonors in 2019, as well as a look at key parts of the Philanthropy 50 over the previous 20 years, including who has appeared most often on the list and who has donated the most.

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Safety and Justice Challenge: Civil Rights and Pretrial Risk Assessment Instruments

Jurisdictions across the United States are considering or starting to implement pretrial risk assessment instruments, yet many civil rights advocates argue that such instruments should play no role at all in pretrial administration. They further argue that, where pretrial risk assessment instruments remain in use, such instruments be carefully circumscribed in order to be made legally, morally, and practically defensible.

This brief answers two questions. First, why do many in the civil rights community oppose the use of pretrial risk assessment instruments? Second, what concrete reform strategies are available that would avoid risk assessment instruments, or would sharply limit their role? With or without pretrial risk assessment instruments, there are powerful policy levers available that can address mass pretrial incarceration, replace the for-profit bail industry, and make progress toward racial equity.

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Add Your Voice

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. So if we missed a report you think we should know and share about, let us know by leaving a comment!

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Global Topics: Civil Rights, Data, Election, Public Policy, Race, Equity, and Inclusion, Voices for Good