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Philanthropy Networks: Creating Value, Voice and Collective Impact

January 24, 2020

Value. Voice. Collective Impact. Philanthropy networks, their leaders, members and funders alike, are looking to build a future in which these core elements are reflected in their work. How can networks define and realize new value propositions and amplify voice in a way that is responsive to members yet also shapes the field? What role can tech and data solutions play in enhancing value? What strategies in advocacy and thought leadership can elevate the voice and visibility of the sector? How can philanthropy support networks go beyond focusing solely on organizational impact to creating more collective impact across the sector? This guide combines thoughtful concepts, frameworks and practical approaches that all philanthropy networks can use to prepare their organisations for the next decade.

Philanthropy ecosystems and infrastructure; Tools, frameworks, effectiveness
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Unlocking Philanthropy's Potential

May 31, 2018

This guide is for all funders who wish to understand how they can contribute to unlocking philanthropy's potential to build more resilient, sustainable and democratic societies. This is what the philanthropy support ecosystem, also called philanthropy infrastructure, is all about. It is about developing and harnessing private resources for social good, building civil society and democracy, and helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is central to the mission of all visionary funders who want to increase the impact and sustainability of their work.

Enabling environment and civic space; Philanthropy ecosystems and infrastructure
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The Global Landscape of Philanthropy

January 30, 2018

From a description of various forms of individual giving to the growing importance of community philanthropy and structured, institutional giving, the current report is an effort to bring back the diversity of the field of philanthropy at the center of the debate, by drawing a comprehensive and provocative picture of current trends and challenges of the field. The report also raises some of the questions and issues most critical and central to its development – from technology and shrinking civic space to power dynamics within philanthropy practice and concepts, to the evolving role and form of philanthropy infrastructure.

Philanthropy ecosystems and infrastructure

Acting on the Climate Crisis – Why, How and the Role of Philanthropy: A resource pack for funders

June 28, 2021

Climate change is an existential threat to humanity and the planet we call home. As many have reflected, it has no vaccine. Its economic, social and health impacts will dwarf those of the COVID-19 pandemic – unless we step up our response, and fast. We believe a key reason for inaction on climate change by potential funders is the difficulty both in understanding the issue and in finding effective solutions. This resource pack was developed to help funders overcome these challenges. It provides a range of useful and accessible sources of information on climate change: why it is so urgent, how it impacts other charitable causes, what the solutions are, and how funders – whether through grantmaking, operations or investments – can make a difference.

Climate philanthropy

Funding the Future - How the climate crisis intersects with your giving - French version

March 12, 2021

This guide illustrates how the climate crisis impacts funding portfolios and highlights where there are co-benefits with taking climate action. It looks at five key areas that we call 'climate intersections.'The findings and suggestions in this report are meant to shine a light on how you as a funder can increase your impact by applying a climate lens to existing work. You know your portfolio best, and are therefore well placed to think through what these intersections mean for your work. The report is also interspersed with case studies on funders and select NGOs who are already applying this lens to their work.

Climate philanthropy; Cultures of Giving

Building a Powerful Digital Impact Community: Learnings from The Mesa’s Pilot Period

March 10, 2021

This report offers a behind the scenes look into the design, build, and test phases of The Mesa and discusses the ways in which the social impact space - especially at the major gift level - can use technology to better collaborate and connect for good. It features interviews with their pilot partners, who provide first-hand accounts on what it takes to run a growing impact-focused community. They dive into how to create effective, meaningful online communities that prompt greater giving from wealth holders. If you're serving clients, members, or donors, this publication can collaborate on discussing what role you can play in revolutionizing philanthropy through technology and community. 

Critical philanthropy and power; Trends and innovations (#NextPhilanthropy)

Future-Proofing Nonprofits for the Post-Pandemic World: The Voice of Charities Facing COVID-19 Series, Volume 6

February 1, 2021

As the one-year anniversary of the pandemic approaches, this report takes account of charities around the world that have been performing their duties under extreme pressure. While many organizations have been forced to close during the past year, those with sustained operations have shown remarkable grit and determination in the face of new challenges caused by the COVID-19 virus.In its sixth COVID-19 survey from December 2–16, 2020, CAF America, in partnership with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and The Resource Alliance, polled 805 charitable organizations representing 152 countries to learn about the skills these resilient charities have relied on to persevere and those they are focused on strengthening as they strive to continue providing services through the pandemic and emerge stronger than before.The global pandemic has affected nearly every nonprofit across the globe. Strengthening the critical competencies of mission-driven organizations is paramount to their survival and their ability to address the growing needs of the vulnerable populations they serve. From the immediate need for digital transformation to the ongoing need for communication strategies and effective fundraising, the challenges facing nonprofits are significant and pervasive, and demand a skillful response.This report lays out the priorities for capacity building that charities consider essential to their success now and post-pandemic. Funders should be encouraged by the tenacity of these organizations and may want to consider how they can broaden their philanthropic strategies to help charities build their resilience and continue to meet the pressing social, economic, and environmental challenges communities face as the world emerges from this pandemic.

Philanthropy ecosystems and infrastructure

Global Giving Circles

December 21, 2020

This is a very relevant study which highlights how this new, more democratic, and local form of giving is spreading. There are 426 giving circles (GC) outside the US and estimate that in 2018 they gave away a combined $45.74 million in grants and involved 42,200 members. Among many of the specific findings, we found global GCs to be more frequently connected to a GC network and more often to be independently run (vs hosted) than their US counterparts, to be overwhelmingly local in their focus, and overall much younger than their US counterparts with 92% founded in the last decade. 

Cultures of Giving; Grassroots and community philanthropy; Trends and innovations (#NextPhilanthropy)

Philanthropy and COVID-19: Is the North-South power balance finally shifting?

December 15, 2020

Covid-19 is accelerating an already existing trend: the awakening of institutional philanthropy in the global south. This report from the University of Cambridge's Centre for Strategic Philanthropy at Judge Business School suggests this awakening is hampered by weak philanthropy infrastructure and networks, insufficient collaboration within and between sectors and a lack of core funding to build the resilience of the non-profit ecosystem. 

Critical philanthropy and power

Philanthropy Networks: Creating Value, Voice and Collective Impact - Ukrainian version

September 11, 2020

Value. Voice. Collective Impact. Philanthropy networks, their leaders, members and funders alike, are looking to build a future in which these core elements are reflected in their work. How can networks define and realize new value propositions and amplify voice in a way that is responsive to members yet also shapes the field? What role can tech and data solutions play in enhancing value? What strategies in advocacy and thought leadership can elevate the voice and visibility of the sector? How can philanthropy support networks go beyond focusing solely on organizational impact to creating more collective impact across the sector? This guide combines thoughtful concepts, frameworks and practical approaches that all philanthropy networks can use to prepare their organisations for the next decade.This translation was possible thanks to the Ukrainian Philanthropists Forum.

Philanthropy ecosystems and infrastructure; Tools, frameworks, effectiveness

Philanthropy and COVID-19 in the First Half of 2020

August 26, 2020

The rapid spread of COVID-19 has created a global health and economic crisis that is testing regions around the world. In response, foundations, corporations, and individuals have been disbursing funds to nonprofits to help communities cope with these unprecedented challenges. Candid has been closely tracking the global private philanthropic response to COVID-19 through news stories and other publicly available resources as well as from funders who have reported disbursements directly to Candid. In this report, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy and Candid look at the philanthropic dollars that were distributed for COVID-19 in the first half of 2020.

Data and technology, Information and Communications; Enabling environment and civic space; Trends and innovations (#NextPhilanthropy)

Getting from crisis to systems change: Advice for leaders in the time of COVID

July 8, 2020

The report recognises that we are in a crisis so deep that only far-reaching systems change can get us out of it and on a path towards a just, inclusive and sustainably prosperous world. It contains dozens of ideas across 14 key issues that are continually being fine-tuned. The report also mentions cross-cutting proposals for giving social entrepreneurs a seat at the table when world leaders meet to make decisions that will impact billions of people. This will help to break down silos impeding holistic approaches and to make it easier for social entrepreneurs to contact and collaborate with other key institutions in the ecosystem for delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goals, from multilateral institutions and national governments to businesses and philanthropies. 

Enabling environment and civic space; Multi-stakeholder collaboration and SDGs

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