Research Round Robin: November 2019

We’ve collected another month’s worth of research that interested us and has broad sector relevance. This month’s set contains important insights on social fundraising, veteran healthcare in the U.S., and how philanthropy can support democratic infrastructure and protect voting rights.

OneCause Social Fundraiser Study

Peer-to-peer fundraising is critical to building the donor base of social purpose organizations, but many who do such work report that success can be extremely challenging. Studies that have approached this topic in the past have been devoted to campaign data around social fundraising. However, those studies have yielded few substantive insights on the participant’s perspective. OneCause sought to rectify that with their new Social Fundraiser Study published in late October. The study draws from the responses of 1,106 social fundraisers to survey questions aimed at helping fundraisers better understand:

  • Unique motivators and challenges for different types of fundraisers
  • Key factors influencing participant engagement and success
  • Preferences for follow-up communication and engagement

More on the study:
• Survey: Social Fundraising Not as Easy as It Seems

2019 Veteran Health Care Survey

A new report on veteran healthcare published at the end of October by the Mesothelioma Center at found that while more than three in four Americans believe that veterans need better healthcare, only about two in ten support raising taxes to fund the improvements. 8% of federal tax dollars were already designated for veteran benefits, services, and retirement as recently as 2017 (compared to 3% toward education, 2% toward transportation infrastructure, and 2% toward scientific and medical research). The survey of 3,000 Americans goes into greater depth about public opinion on veteran care and the different options for funding it.

More on the survey and report:
• Survey Finds Most Americans Support Better Healthcare for Veterans, But Not Raising Taxes to Cover It

How Philanthropy Can Protect Voting Rights

A new report released earlier this month by the Carnegie Corporation of New York outlines how philanthropy can protect and strengthen U.S. democracy by investing in our voting infrastructure and removing barriers to democratic participation. The report covers a number of voting rights tactics foundation dollars can support, including litigation, policy research, and advocacy to make it easier to register and vote. The report also outlines populations that are disproportionately affected by barriers to voting and highlights the importance of paying attention to voting rights issues year-round, and not strictly during election years.

More on the report:
• Carnegie Corporation Urges Fellow Grant Makers to Support Voting Rights

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!

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