Research Round Robin: May 2020

Each month Independent Sector collects research with broad sector relevance to share with you. May’s research contains important insights on disparities in funding for nonprofit leaders of color and the impact of COVID-19 on charities globally.

Echoing Green and The Bridgespan Group: Racial Equity and Philanthropy: Disparities in Funding for Leaders of Color Leave Impact on the Table

Two of the biggest factors holding back philanthropy’s efforts to help advance social change are rooted in race, including:

  • understanding the role of race in the problems philanthropists are trying to solve, and
  • the significance of race when it comes to how philanthropists identify leaders and find solutions.

This research, from Echoing Green and Bridgespan, lays bare the racial disparity in today’s funding environment and argues that population-level impact cannot happen without funding more leaders of color.

CAF America: The Voice of Charities Facing COVID-19 Worldwide

From April 30 to May 6, in its second COVID-19 survey, CAF America polled 880 organizations worldwide to learn how the coronavirus global pandemic continues to impact their work. The organizations included in the survey represent 122 countries and 217 repeat respondents. The first survey conducted by CAF America involved 544 organizations representing 93 countries.

Key Findings Include:

  • Nearly all, 94.38% of the responding organizations, reported being negatively impacted by the coronavirus global pandemic.
  • Almost 15% of the organizations surveyed were forced to suspend their operations, as their activities cannot be carried out remotely. More than 60% have reported that they had to eliminate or suspend some of their regular programs and services.
  • Over 70% of the respondents have seen a significant reduction in the contributions received.

The Food Foundation and the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission: Three Million Britons are Going Hungry Just Three Weeks into Lockdown

New research from a YouGov poll by The Food Foundation and the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission (FFCC) revealed that more than 3 million people (6%) in Great Britain have gone hungry since the UK lockdown began in late March.

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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!

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