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Diminishing Dollars: The Impact of the 2008 Financial Crisis on the Field of Social Justice Philanthropy

November 17, 2011

Examines the immediate impact of the financial crisis on foundations active in the social justice sector, including 2005-09 trends in assets, spending, and grantmaking and strategies used to cope with depleted assets. Includes projections through 2015.

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Diminishing Dollars for Social Justice Philanthropy

November 17, 2011

In the second half of 2008, the United States experienced a severe economic downturn. Often called the global Financial Crisis, it is considered by many economists to be the worst financial crisis since the great Depression. In the United States, the effects of the downturn were felt across every sector of our economy and society.This report both identifies the major immediate impacts of the 2008 financial crisis on social justice philanthropy and takes a look into the future. It aims to provide new and useful information to both funders and nonprofit organizations seeking funds. Foundations active in the social justice arena can use this information to strategize, inside their institutions and with their peers, about ways to bring additional, urgently needed funding to the field. For nonprofits, the information presented here is crucial to their planning efforts and their ability overall to weather the storm

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