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Care for Those Who Care for the Planet: Grant-making for staff development

May 25, 2022

People are the wealth of an organisation. To thrive, employees need well-being and appreciation. While salary is a crucial part of valorisation, many other aspects of valorisation at work are not linked with financial compensation. Working for a cause that makes sense, Capacity Building, and support in Leadership, Organisational Development and/or Networking are non-financial compensation ways that should be promoted to allow NGO workers to thrive at work… and ultimately to have more impact.But all these tools are investments and should be funded. At MAVA, we believe our engagement includes taking care of the partner organisations we work with, by providing them the means to take care of their staff.'Care those who care the planet: Grant making for staff development' is a publication by MAVA. In this paper, we explore the ways of supporting staff development as part of grant-making and how full staff costs of NGOs could be included in budgets and funding. As employees of a donor, we encourage funders to embrace the importance of staff valorisation and caring for those who care for the planet.

Digital for Good: A Global Study on Emerging Ways of Giving - Brazil

May 12, 2022

Current research on the philanthropic environment in Brazil shows improvement in the country's donation culture over time. Recent studies have shown both a more mature donation culture and that empathy, solidarity, and an openness toward donations are on the rise. Brazilians have a more positive perception of civil society organizations (CSOs) and a greater understanding of what they do. Their impact is increasingly communicated, and there is a greater acceptance that CSOs should help address social and environmental challenges. This improvement in donation culture was accompanied by the development of new technological tools for donating, including giving platforms, greater reliance on social media, and even a slight emergence of crypto giving.This report examines three nonprofits and social businesses representing three different donation models advancing the donation culture in Brazil: Arredondar, BSocial, and Editora MOL. These initiatives were chosen with their broader transformative power in mind; in addition to the direct financial impact, they influence donors' mindsets, therefore strengthening giving culture in Brazil. They emphasize accountability and transparency and believe that digitalization will unlock growth potential. Critically, they overcome three barriers to donating: lack of money, the belief that causes are irrelevant to potential donors, and uncertainty whether the donation will be well-spent.In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, all three initiatives found a change in the mentality of the public and companies and a more pro-donation attitude. Once the economic situation is improved, this may lead to a consistent recovery in donations. With knowledge and an understanding of new models for enabling donations that this report offers, it will be possible to go even further.

Fight for What Counts Thematic Report: Pandemic Preparedness and Response

May 10, 2022

The Global Fund was created 20 years ago to fight what were then the deadliest pandemics confronting humanity: HIV and AIDS, TB and malaria. Since then, our unique partnership has saved 44 million lives and cut the death rates from the three diseases by more than half. Together, we have proven that with science, adequate resources and effective global collaboration, we can force even the deadliest diseases into retreat. Today, we are the world's largest multilateral organization fighting the world's deadliest pandemics: HIV, TB, malaria and now COVID-19. As the largest multilateral provider of grants in global health and the only multilateral agency specifically created to fight pandemics, the Global Fund partnership is uniquely placed to collaborate with partners to support countries to prevent, prepare for and respond to pandemics.

Shaping the Global Future Together

May 10, 2022

The Atlantic Council has never been more robust operationally, substantively, or financially in its sixty-year history. This comes at a time when our work has never been more crucial in the face of complex, daunting, and worldwide challenges.

Opportunity + Equity: A Time of Transformation

May 9, 2022

The two crisis years of the COVID-19 pandemic have brought dizzying changes, not only to how we all live and work but also to what we need to do to build the community of opportunity and equity that we envision.Great thinkers and leaders from Albert Einstein to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King have long emphasized that crisis can and must be the impetus for positive change. Surely, this is true of our time. In 2020-22, amidst tragic losses and glaringly revealed inequities, our deep social and racial divisions have been so inescapable as to lead many to commit to do more and to do things differently.This can be a time of transformation. Whether we all make it so here in Greater New Haven will determine much about the future of our community. For The Foundation, these last two yearshave been about transforming what we do and how we do it, both to continue to address the urgent needs and deep inequities stemming from COVID-19 and to more fully "inspire, support, inform, listen to and collaborate with the people and organizations of Greater New Haven" in the words of our mission statement.Transformation means many things at The Foundation. We are centering racial equity across all of our work. We are advancing economic as well as social solutions to the community's challenges. We are engaging community members more broadly and deeply, listening in new ways to those close to the issues we seek to address and empowering them with the authority and resources to act on their ideas.We are building a culture that embraces innovation so we can respond better to the rapidly changing dynamics in our community. The many ways in which these changes are reflected in our work are described throughout this annual report. At the same time, the pages that follow detail how The Foundation is building on our proud 94-year legacy of work with local donors and nonprofits, including receiving the largest gift in The Foundation's history this past year for the benefit of four vitally important local organizations.In addition to doing things differently, we are doing more. With the continuing extraordinary support of our donors and the unprecedented supplemental extraction from certain of our endowments under our Stepping Forward initiative, The Foundation will have an incremental $15 million in discretionary resources in 2021-23 to address the impacts of COVID-19 and to advance racial equity. Stepping Forward launched in early 2021. Its impact is reflected in all that is described in the pages of this annual report as well.In 2022, The Foundation is reviewing our plans and strategies and considering adjustments we may need to make in order to most effectively support meaningful transformation in our community going forward.As we do so, we see clear signs of genuine and important transformation. This annual report details three examples:While New Haven has long taken justifiable pride in the theatrical, musical, artistic and historic assets that make our area the cultural capital of Connecticut, the focus is shifting today. A movement to prioritize artists, creatives and different cultural traditions is beginning to transform how we think about our cultural life. Today, our community is increasingly about "cultural equity."A new generation of leadership voices is emerging in our community. Bringing diverse perspectives and new ideas about what equity really looks like, these changemakers are challenging traditional ways of thinking and beginning to set a new agenda.With New Haven growing and private investment increasing, the public/ private agenda in our community is increasingly focused on ensuring that the benefits of our growth are widely shared. "Inclusive growth" is beginning to replace "economic development" on the short list of our community's major priorities.

Digital for Good: A Global Study on Emerging Ways of Giving - United Kingdom

May 5, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic fundamentally altered many aspects of day-to-day life and the philanthropic sector in the United Kingdom (UK). Pandemic restrictions limited in-person interactions and accelerated an already growing digitalization of the UK philanthropic sector. However, past research found no conclusive evidence of the degree to which digital interactions will replace in-person fundraising. While 2020 witnessed a growth in online donations alongside a drop in cash donations, only a little more than a quarter of charities said digital fundraising was as effective as in-person fundraising.Key findings do affirm some pre-pandemic trends in giving methods in the UK. There was a marked increase in the proportion of people giving via website or app, which occurred at the same time as a decrease in donors giving via cash. Younger people donate online more than older adults, yet older age groups have also engaged more with online giving. On average, 60 percent of donors' gifts were made online in the 12 months prior to this study.Nevertheless, the findings also suggest that philanthropy will retain a human element. Most who used social media to request donations from family and friends also tended to make those requests in-person. And most British people expect that in the future we will give digitally rather than in cash, but almost half expected this to occur via in-person contactless donations tins.Overall, this report concludes that the post-pandemic fundraising landscape seems more likely to develop as a hybrid one, where online interactions complement—rather than substitute—offline interactions.

Rise Against Hunger 2021 Annual Report

May 5, 2022

Rise Against Hunger has made great strides in the fight against hunger since our founding in 1998. We are proud to share our achievements in the areas of nourishing lives, responding to crisis and creating sustainable solutions to hunger in our annual report.

2021 Annual Report: Face the Data. Change the World.

May 4, 2022

This annual report details the ambitious projects Bloomberg Philanthropies has supported in the Arts, Education, the Environment, Government Innovation, Public Health, and the Greenwood Initiative, which aims to accelerate the pace of Black wealth accumulation, as well as special Founder's Projects and Bloomberg Associates, a pro bono consultancy that works in cities around the world. This work spanned 941 cities and 173 countries to save and improve lives. At the beginning of 2021, everyone was hopeful that the year would bring a "return to normal." But as the most urgent challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic began to slowly recede, it was all too clear that we needed to aspire to something better. That was especially apparent in areas where Covid-19 had increased the severity of existing issues — leading to a surge in overdose deaths, causing disastrous learning loss for students who were falling behind well before the pandemic, revealing the tragic consequences of a health care system that is rife with racial inequity, and much more.

Gates Cambridge Trust Annual Report 2021

May 4, 2022

The Gates Cambridge Trust's Annual Report 2021 includes a summary of the Trust's work during the year and the impact of our scholars and alumni in Cambridge and across the world. You can also read about our 20th anniversary celebrations, the many activities of our scholars and alumni, our impact in numbers and our financial position.

2021: Our Road to Equity--a Year in Review

May 3, 2022

Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF)—and its affiliates, The Indianapolis Foundation and Hamilton County Community Foundation—IMPACT Central Indiana and Women's Fund of Central Indiana are a $1 billion collective of philanthropic organizations committed to making Central Indiana a community where all individuals have equitable opportunity to reach their full potential—no matter place, race or identity. Each organization has a unique strategic plan to advance this goal within the communities it serves. The collective support of our Equity Partners makes this work possible. 

New Jersey Nonprofits: Trends and Outlook 2022

May 3, 2022

The New Jersey Center for Nonprofits conducted its annual survey of New Jersey nonprofits online from February 25-March 14, 2022 to assess how nonprofits fared in 2021 and to gauge their outlook for the coming year. This report is based on the 225 online responses from New Jersey 501(c)(3) organizations submitted during the survey period.Nonprofits overall have clearly experienced some key improvements since the worst of the pandemic in 2020. However, a number of significant challenges and opportunities remain.Demands for services and rising expenses are still outpacing funding – a longstanding problem with deep ramifications for delivery of programs and services in our communities.Nonprofits are struggling with significant workforce shortages that threaten their ability to meet community needs.Nonprofits also weighed in with their observations about the funding practices of their philanthropic partners, revealing significant opportunities to improve these vital relationships.Incorporating diversity and equity as a permanent and intentional part of all aspects of nonprofit work remains critically important.

Choosing Change: How to Assess Grant Proposals for Their Potential to Address Structural Inequality

May 2, 2022

The COVID-19 global pandemic exacerbated longstanding disparities by race, gender, and socioeconomic status. Individuals, communities, and countries that were already vulnerable were even more at risk. The Choosing Change toolkit can help individual donors and institutional grantmakers at all levels identify proposals and teams whose work addresses the structural inequalities that prevent people from surviving, let alone thriving.