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National Study on Donor Advised Funds

February 28, 2024

The Donor Advised Fund Research Collaborative (DAFRC) is a consortium of academic and nonprofit researchers. Working across institutions, the collaborative is leading a 30-month, comprehensive research initiative to provide empirical data and insights on the characteristics and activities of donor advised funds (DAFs) in the United States. One of the initiative's main goals is to gather and analyze account-level DAF information that is not available from publicly accessible data sources, such as the IRS Form 990. The account-level data allows for a more nuanced and accurate understanding of DAFs, as well as comparisons across different types and sizes of DAFs and DAF sponsors.The present report is the first of three major nationwide projects: (1) compiling a large, anonymized dataset from DAF providers, (2) fielding a management survey to gather policies and procedures from DAF sponsors, and (3) fielding a donor survey to gain insights into how individuals and families think about and use DAFs as part of their household giving.The 2024 National Study on Donor Advised Funds includes information about DAFs from 2014 to 2022, covering aspects such as account size, age, type, succession plan, donor demographics, contributions, grants, payout rates, and grantmaking speed. The report represents the most extensive independent study on DAFs to date. Thanks to the collective efforts of 111 DAF programs that voluntarily provided anonymized data to the research team, the dataset covers nine years of activity from more than 50,000 accounts, with over 600,000 inbound contributions to DAFS and more than 2.25 million outbound grants from DAFs.

The state of diversity in the U.S. nonprofit sector

May 16, 2024

Over the past five years, Candid has invited nonprofits to share demographic information about their organizations on their Candid profiles. Based on an analysis of this data, The state of diversity in the U.S. nonprofit sector provides an overview of the sector across four demographic categories—race, gender, sexual orientation, and disability status. Designed to increase transparency about diversity at nonprofits, highlight key macro-level findings, and offer a snapshot and a baseline to track collective progress toward diversity, equity, and inclusion, the report is divided into four parts. Section 1 focuses on representation among nonprofit employees and examines how diversity shifts across different levels of leadership. Section 2 examines CEO diversity within different types of organizations. Section 3 focuses on nonprofit board composition—including average board size and average representation of different identities on boards. Finally, section 4 takes a closer look at differences between organizations that have majority BIPOC leadership and majority white leadership.

The Pedagogy of Race: The Peking Union Medical College and Its Effects on Chinese Socio-Medical Scientific Discourse, 1912-1949

May 15, 2024

In 1906, the Peking Union Medical College was established in Republican China. Together with the Rockefeller Foundation's China Medical Board and the China Foundation for the Promotion of Education and Culture, the Republican Chinese government promoted the expansion of all areas of research and education. Between the 1920s and 1940s, Chinese biologists, eugenicists, among others began to make serious contributions not just to Chinese science but also to global science. Led by imported eugenicists like Edmund Cowdry and Alex Hrdlicka, many PUMC projects were preoccupated with analyzing China's "racial problems," especially the pressing question whether miscegenation ought to be encouraged or discouraged. The most ambitious of these projects, the Collection of Chinese Embryos, was an undertaking dedicated to sustained analysis of Chinese biological data. Using cutting-edge research from racial embryology, PUMC anatomists measured the biodata of donated Chinese embryonic specimens and attempted to draw conclusions about the "Mongoloid" typology as well as whether Chinese-white mixes displayed "hybrid vigor" or "enfeeblement" – the scientific terms for the conditions of mixed-race offspring at the time. Although the project ultimately failed – in part due to the outbreak of the Sino-Japanese War, and partly due to the poor medical infrastructure across Republican China – it reflected a successful effort at tying Chinese medical development with the wider (specifically North American) scientific project of race research. Archival materials in the Rockefeller Archive Center (RAC), including correspondence, annual reports, personnel biographic information, and oral history materials, reveal an overall picture of the Peking Union Medical College's efforts in disseminating racial and eugenic knowledge in China in the early twentieth century. This research report, consisting of part of my PhD research on the emergence of miscegenation discourse in twentieth-century China, underscores the process through which the Peking Union Medical College transformed the intellectual landscape of Republican China.

Community Power Building for Housing Justice: A Case Study from Los Angeles

May 13, 2024

The concept of housing justice—ensuring everyone has affordable housing that promotes health, well-being, and upward mobility by confronting historical and ongoing harms and disparities caused by structural racism and other systems of oppression—has gained momentum in the last decade across advocacy and organizing, policy, direct services, and research spaces. Building on the current housing justice movement in Los Angeles, this research seeks to understand the role of community power building as a strategy to create, implement, and sustain solutions to achieve more equitable and just outcomes in housing systems.To better under the landscape and activities of current power-building efforts around housing justice in Los Angeles—including their broader context, impacts, opportunities, and limitations—we conducted 21 interviews with community stakeholders. Our main findings are as follows:Recent catalyzing events such as the COVID-19 pandemic and shifts in the broader political and narrative landscape around homelessness, housing instability, and electoral change are driving community power building for housing justice in Los Angeles.Community power-building activities fall into several categories, including base building, legal and research support, and policy change, and have resulted in shifts toward housing justice.Coalitions have played a key role in advancing housing justice while simultaneously providing benefits for member organizations, although this has at times contributed to tensions around different strategies or priorities.Addressing housing-related systems and structures, focusing on tenant and rental protections, and shifting power to directly impacted communities are ongoing priorities for the field.

Animal welfare in long-distance transport of livestock: Dr. Grisel Navarro in conversation with Prof. Clive Phillips

May 9, 2024

Clive Phillips was Australia's first Professor of Animal Welfare, at the University of Queensland, and has written widely on the welfare of farm, zoo and companion animals. He conducted a series of recorded dialogues (Conversations With Clive) with senior animal welfare scientists and academic experts, including Dr. Grisel Navarro - a veterinarian trained at University Austral de Chile and was awarded a doctoral degree at the University of Queensland for her research in long distance transport in Australia; currently lecturing in animal welfare and behavior in the Catholic University of Temuco, Chile.In this series, leading farm animal welfare scientists and academic experts share with Clive Phillips their thoughts and experience of farm animal welfare issues, including those in developing economies. Relevant academic publications and references are included at the end of the recording.Key topics of the 40-minute conversation from March 2024: 1) Clive outlines the latest interview series focus: Animal welfare management in developing countries. 2) Today addresses welfare of animals during long-distance transport. 3) Clive introduces Dr. Grisel Navarro from the Catholic University of Temuco, Chile. 4) Focus on the transportation of cattle over 1000km by sea from Puerto Natales to Puerto Montt, in Southern Chile. 5) Land transport alternatives are prohibitive due to road conditions. 6) Chilean public largely unaware or ambivalent to sea transportation. 7) Regulation of welfare standards and responsibilities of stakeholders. 8) Stocking densities and husbandry standards for live transport. 9) Alternatives to travel: potential roles for local abattoirs. 10) Comparison with live transport issues found in Australia.

Impact Report 2024

May 8, 2024

We are thrilled to unveil our 2024 Impact Report, showcasing the progress made with our partners and community just three years into launching The Earthshot Prize. Transformative solutions are needed to move us towards a better future for all. The Earthshot Prize is a unique window into an emerging global Climate Creativity movement emerging in every city, nation, and region of the world filled with talented people using their creativity to fix the planet and create a better world for all.

Wheat and Meat: The Rockefeller Foundation and the Chilean Agricultural Program

May 6, 2024

This paper offers a preliminary examination of the Rockefeller Foundation's agricultural improvement work in Chile, as I read through the Rockefeller Foundation's own archival collections at the Rockefeller Archive Center. Following the model set by earlier agricultural development projects in Mexico and Colombia, the foundation's Chilean Agricultural Program (ChAP) sought to improve methods for agrarian production in the South American country, starting in the mid-1950s and continuing through the mid-1960s. The program's ultimate goal, I argue, was to help make Chile more food secure, and to do so, foundation experts worked closely with Chilean agricultural scientists employed by Chile's growing agricultural state. Early collaboration centered around how to improve common varieties of spring and winter wheat—the raw input for widely-consumed bread products. However, over time, the Rockefeller Foundation's focus turned increasingly toward forage crops, with the hope that more nutrient-rich grasslands would form the foundation of a more modern and productive domestic beef economy. I suggest that an examination of this important example of inter-American agricultural cooperation raises important questions about both the social motivations and environmental consequences of mid-twentieth century agricultural modernization efforts.

Equitable Access to Quality Climate Infrastructure Jobs: A Framework for Collaborative Action

May 6, 2024

Recent federal laws, including the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), focus on updating and improving the nation's infrastructure while taking steps to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change. Included in these federal infrastructure investments are goals around creating quality jobs and ensuring that benefits accrue to populations that have been historically marginalized. Largely missing from enacted legislation were specific funding and requirements for developing the workforce for emerging climate infrastructure jobs.This report provides a framework for understanding what is needed at the local and regional level to advance effective implementation of workforce development in conjunction with current and future climate and infrastructure investments. Efforts are in early stages, but there are many promising practices from which to learn. To build an understanding of these practices, we interviewed individuals from national and regional nonprofit organizations, local governments, industry associations, and intermediaries. Informed by our interviews, feedback sessions, and research, our framework identifies three essential principles, a set of core actors, and five key strategies that workforce and sustainability organizations can use to advance equitable green career pathways. The report provides recommendations for federal, state, and local governments, philanthropies, employers, and unions to build collaborative capacity supporting the equitable implementation of climate infrastructure investments.

Futures Philanthropy: Anticipation for the Common Good

May 2, 2024

"Futures Philanthropy: Anticipation for the Common Good" brings together two critical disciplines in one publication: futures and foresight, championed by the Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies; and philanthropy, represented by Philea and its extensive philanthropic community. It looks at how European philanthropy can apply foresight and futures thinking to live up to its potential of being forward-looking, risk-taking, and innovative, all the while encouraging anticipatory capacities within civil society and communities.  The publication is a practical guide for foundation leaders, board members, philanthropy infrastructure practitioners, donors, advisors, philanthropy researchers and civil society professionals on how to navigate the contours of an ever-changing landscape and evaluate current and future risks and opportunities. 

Changing the Odds: Comprehensive Solutions for Atlanta's Future

May 2, 2024

In 2015, the Foundation released Changing the Odds: The Race for Results in Atlanta, which explored systemic barriers that keep Atlanta's kids from reaching their full potential. Exploring data on the communities where children and their families live, their educational experiences and outcomes and their access to economic opportunities, the 2015 report highlighted a racial divide between wealthier, majority-white communities to the north of Interstate 20 (I-20) and lower-income communities of color to the south. Charged with the need to identify solutions to address the barriers to opportunity revealed by the data, the Foundation convened a group of local leaders to form the Changing the Odds Network during the development of the report in December 2014. Four years later, the Foundation's Changing the Odds: Progress and Promise in Atlanta report reexamined the data and proposed policies and approaches — several of them advanced by members of the Changing the Odds Network — that showed promise for dismantling the barriers to opportunity faced by Atlanta families. As in many communities across the country, Atlanta residents experienced devastating setbacks during the COVID-19 pandemic, with disparate effects for Black children, young adults, families and communities. The pivot to online learning quickly revealed long-standing educational inequities, including unequal access to digital technology. Black children were less likely to have access to computers and digital devices as well as the broadband connections necessary for virtual learning, while their parents were less likely to be able to work virtually from their homes. Black Atlantans experienced a disproportionate number of deaths caused by the pandemic in part due to being more likely to be exposed to the virus from holding positions as frontline workers and facing greater barriers to health care access.Atlanta is a city of great promise, but we know that opportunity isn't evenly distributed. This 2024 report builds on the first two Changing the Odds reports, shining a light on disparities, progress and promising solutions led by organizations and coalitions to ensure all Atlantans can live in thriving communities, receive a quality education and have access to economic opportunity to realize their full potential.

Illuminating Impact: Why Gender Matters for Funders in Any Issue Area

April 30, 2024

In 2021, The Bridgespan Group partnered with Shake the Table to investigate how funders could better support feminist movements. The resulting report, Lighting the Way: A Report for Philanthropy on the Power and Promise of Feminist Movements, helped funders understand why and how to channel philanthropic dollars into feminist movements. These powerhouses for social change remain a huge and largely untapped opportunity for philanthropy.With this report, they expand our scope to share practices that can help any funder in any field increasingly consider gender in their grantmaking. Gender-focused work is not just for "gender funders." It's for climate funders, education funders, health funders—any funder seeking to speed progress on the issues they care most about. 

How Can a Process of Introspection Help Grantmakers Better Support their Partners? : Learnings from the in-person gathering of the Organisational Development Community of Practice in Venice, Italy, held on March 20-21, 2024

April 30, 2024

The Philea Organisational Development (OD) Community of Practice (CoP) convened its second in-person gathering in Venice, Italy, on 20-21 March 2024. The focus was on exploring the theme "How Can a Process of Introspection EnhanceGrantmakers' Support for Partners?"Through an experimental Reinventing Organisations workshop, drawing inspiration from Frederic Laloux's work, participants engaged in collective reflection. They explored ways funders can meaningfully enhance the organisational capacity and resilience of their partner organisations and 'walk the talk', aligning actions with stated values.This document presents key reflections and learnings from the workshop, aiming to stimulate a critical introspection on aligning internal dynamics with external actions and fostering collaborative and equitable relationships between funders and grantees.