Research Round Robin: March 2022

Each month, Independent Sector collects research with broad social sector relevance to share with you. March’s research contains important insights into nonprofits and voter engagement in the support of democracy, top policy concerns for women in the U.S., tracking extremism in America, and states’ readiness for a public health emergency.

America’s Nonprofits Get Out the Vote

As we look toward the 2022 midterm elections, Nonprofit VOTE uses data from an Urban Institute survey to understand which nonprofits are conducting voter engagement. The report finds that nonprofits are more likely to do voter engagement if they serve communities of color, have a CEO of color or higher percentages of BIPOC board members, work in urban areas, and advocate on issues. The report encourages more nonprofits to participate in voter engagement and includes a list of free resources for them to adopt voter engagement activities.

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YWCA Examines Why Women Vote

YWCA USA released YWomenVote2022, their fourth survey analyzing top policy issues and concerns for women in the United States. The survey shows that women consider their economic advancement as top policy priorities, with over 7 in 10 women rating the Paycheck Fairness Act, family and medical leave, ending discrimination against women, and ending workplace harassment and sexual violence as most or very important. The findings highlight that women of color are acutely concerned about economic issues, mental health, and the rise in white nationalism. The report breaks down each policy issue in more detail and provides demographic snapshots.

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Southern Poverty Law Center Releases its Flagship Report, The Year in Hate & Extremism 2021

Following a year that opened with extremists storming the U.S. Capitol, the Southern Poverty Law Center has released its annual report on hate and extremism shifts in America for 2021. The report notes that the number of extremist groups are down for the third straight year. However, extremist groups operate more openly and have become more mainstream than in the past. Their adoption of livestreaming platforms propagates their views, promote events, and raises money. The report spotlights organizations fighting against hate and extremism and closes out with policy recommendations to protect democracy and counter racism and extremism in America.

Access the summary and the full report:

Rating States’ Readiness for Public Health Emergencies

Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) recent report, Ready or Not 2022: Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism, measured states’ preparedness in the face of a public health emergency. With only 17 states and DC in the top tier, fewer states were rated in the high-performance tier compared to 2021. TFAH makes policy recommendations – such as greater investments –to improve preparedness in case of another public health emergency.

See where your state ranks in public health preparedness:

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. Did we miss a report you think we should know about and share? Let us know by leaving a comment!

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TAGS: data, Independent Sector, Nonprofit VOTE, nonprofits, research, Southern Poverty Law Center, Truth for America's Health, YWCA
Global Topics: Civil Society, Data, Public Policy, Race, Equity, and Inclusion, Voices for Good