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Measuring What Matters

October 1, 2020

This consultation paper is designed to advance a conversation about measurement in civil society. The goal is to identify more meaningful approaches to organizational learning and accountability. The paper is jointly published by published by Candid, the Global Fund for Community Foundations (GFCF) and Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace (PSJP). Over a two‑year period, 130 people from civil society from all over the world came together in a series of parallel and intersecting conversations, online and in‑person, to co‑create this document. It is now being published to widen those discussions and to advance the co‑creation process still further. A list of those involved forms Annex A.

Medindo o que importa

October 1, 2020

Esse documento de consulta foi elaborado para avançarmos na conversa sobre mensuração das ações no âmbito da sociedade civil. Seu objetivo é identificar abordagens que tenham maior impacto em termos de aprendizagem organizacional e prestação de contas. Esse trabalho é uma publicação conjunta do Candid, do Global Fund for Community Foundations (GFCF) e do Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace (PSJP).Durante dois anos, 130 pessoas que atuam na sociedade civil em todo o mundo se reuniram em uma série de conversas paralelas e transversais, on‑line e presenciais, para cocriar esse documento. Sua publicação busca ampliar essas discussões e avançar ainda mais no processo de cocriação. O Anexo A traz uma lista das pessoas envolvidas.

Peace and Security Funding Index: An Analysis of Global Foundation Grantmaking - 2019 Edition vol II

November 19, 2019

Through the Peace and Security Funding Index, Candid and the Peace and Security Funders Group aim to illuminate the field of peace and security grantmaking and provide a nuanced understanding of the issues and strategies peace and security funders support. The Index tracks funding for work to prevent future conflict, resolve existing conflict, and support stability and peace across 24 issue areas (e.g., peacebuilding, nuclear issues). It includes grantmaking by institutional funders, including private foundations, public charities, and community foundations.Funding for peace and security remains small relative to foundation funding overall. Peace and security grantmaking represented just 1.2 percent of the nearly $33 billion given by foundations in Candid's research set of grantmaking by 1,000 of the largest U.S. foundations.

Peace and Security Funding Index: An Analysis of Global Foundation Grantmaking - 2019 Edition

April 29, 2019

Each year, Candid and the Peace and Security Funders Group collects and analyzes data from thousands of grants awarded by hundreds of peace and security funders. We do this for two primary reasons: to illuminate the field of peace and security grantmaking, and to provide a nuanced understanding of the issues and strategies peace and security funders support. In 2016 -- the latest year complete data is available -- 326 foundations awarded 2,605 grants, totaling $328 million in support of a more peaceful world.

Peace and Security Funding Index: An Analysis of Global Foundation Grantmaking - 2018 Edition

February 27, 2018

This research centers around a framework of three overarching categories that support activities to prevent future conflict, resolve existing conflict, and support stability and resiliency. The three categories are further broken down into 24 issue areas that more precisely describe funding for peace and security.

Peace and Security Funding Index: An Analysis of Global Foundation Grantmaking - 2017 Edition

April 3, 2017

The 2017 Index tracks funding across 23 diverse issue areas, many of which overlap with other sectors, like climate, democracy-building, gender equality, and migration. The existence of peaceful, stable societies is critical to the success of other areas of work: children cannot be educated, health care clinics cannot provide services, and economic development projects will fail if people are experiencing violent conflict in their communities. In other words, peace and security funders are the "ground zero" of the philanthropic community: their work provides a foundation upon which other interventions can blossom and grow.It is this interconnectedness with other issues that makes peace and security grantmaking ever more important. We hope that foundations, policymakers, and civil society organizations will use the 2017 Index to advocate for increased attention to this fundamental work so we can continue to move towards a more peaceful, secure world for everyone.

China Civil Foundation Developing Trends

March 15, 2012

Provides data on foundations initiated by a nongovernmental institution and operated independently, including geographical distribution, annual reports, Web site status, focus areas, staff, assets, and other financials.

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

Special Topic Trends

Foundation Giving Trends, 2011 Edition (Highlights)

October 20, 2011

Foundation Giving Trends, 2011 Edition, documents the grantmaking patterns of a sample of the largest private and community foundations in 2009 and tracks changes in funding trends since 1999. The report examines giving (based on grant authorizations when available) by subject focus, recipient type, type of support, population group served, and geographic focus. It also details differences in funding trends by foundation region and type. Foundation Giving Trends is part of the Foundations Today Series of annual research reports on foundation growth and trends in foundation giving.

National Trends

Foundation Leaders Address the State Budget Crises

September 1, 2011

Nearly ninety percent of America's largest foundations report that at least some of the nonprofit organizations they support have been severely affected by state budget cuts. One-quarter report having grantees that have been forced to suspend operations. Foundation Leaders Address the State Budget Crises is the latest report in a series based on surveys of our Grantmaker Leadership Panel and also includes an essay, "How Grantmakers Can Respond to the State Budget Crises," by Doug Bauer, executive director of New York's Clark Foundation.

National Trends; Special Topic Trends

Online Grant Applications and Reporting: Practical Wisdom and Recommendations for Grantmakers in the Words of a Grantseeker

April 15, 2011

Analyzes sixty-six funders' online application and reporting requirements, including format; quantity and quality of instructional information; procedures, questions, and requirements; and technical and structural difficulties. Recommends best practices.

Special Topic Trends

Giving in the Aftermath of the 2005 Gulf Coast Hurricanes: Profile of the Ongoing Foundation and Corporate Response (2007-2009)

August 1, 2009

Private and community foundations awarded an additional $125 million in grant support for recovery and rebuilding efforts from January 2007 to mid-2009, according to Giving in the Aftermath of the 2005 Gulf Coast Hurricanes: Profile of the Ongoing Foundation and Corporate Response (2007-2009). Economic and community development captured the largest dollar share, a shift from giving for human services in the immediate aftermath of the disaster.

National Trends; Special Topic Trends