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What if the 1% gave 10%?

September 14, 2023

Today, the world is full of opportunities for making radical improvements which might otherwise be neglected by governments or markets. In fact, in what could be humanity's most dangerous and most consequential century yet, we may need ambitious philanthropy more than ever.Of course we have many reasons to be cautious of, and even cynical about, philanthropy. At its worst, it continues to be used for corporate gain; buying influence over and reliance from recipients, reputation laundering, 'greenwashing', and more. In other words, when the very wealthy do give, it is often in exchange for something else. Our hope in this report is to show the potential of another kind of philanthropy. We show what one version of ambitious philanthropy could look like: how it could enable projects to begin solving serious global problems, and ignite optimism about the potential to make a real — and very big — difference through giving.So we asked: what if the global 1% gave just 10% of their income in such an ambitious way? And, for those whose wealth outstrips their income, what if they gave just 2.5% of their net worth, aimed at making real progress? What could such a level of giving achieve? The answer is surprising: in just the first year, this would result in an increase of at least $3.5 trillion over and above what already goes to charity each year.

Research manual: Analyzing Candid’s demographic data

December 1, 2023

To better understand the demographic identities of those working in the nonprofit sector and to reduce the reporting burden on nonprofits, Candid collects and shares demographic data about staff and board members from a growing number of U.S. nonprofits and foundations. This manual provides background and best practices for those looking to understand and use this data set for research and analysis.

FAQ: Candid's nonprofit demographic data

December 1, 2023

This FAQ answers commonly asked questions about the nonprofit demographic data that Candid collects for those looking to better understand this data set and use it in their own work. The brief FAQ provides background on what the data represents, where it comes from, and how it is collected. Information about data completeness and representativeness is also included.

Maternal Suicide in the U.S.: Opportunities for Improved Data Collection and Health Care System Change Issue Brief (Updated Sept 2023)

November 29, 2023

Maternal suicide is a leading cause of maternal mortality in the US. While maternal mortality has rightfully garnered increasing attention in recent years, maternal suicide has been historically overlooked as a cause of maternal mortality because national maternal mortality rates previously excluded suicides as pregnancy-related deaths, instead classifying maternal suicides deaths as incidental or accidental deaths. According to the provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) there was a record high number of deaths in 2022 from suicide for the general US population. It is important to continue to address suicide prevention efforts for the general and maternal population.

Report: U.S. Counties with the Highest Maternal Mental Health Risk and Lowest Resources Revealed

November 29, 2023

The risk factors contributing to maternal mental health (MMH) disorders are complex and known to disproportionately impact communities of color, rural communities, and other groups facing systemic inequities. However, until recently, little has been known regarding the geographic county-level distribution of risk nor the available MMH provider resources.Earlier this year, with financial support from Plum Organics, the Policy Center released the first-of-its kind interactive map to track MMH risk and providers by county. The map uncovered an immense need for increased access to MMH providers and programs.The report illustrates where, in the U.S., mothers are at the greatest risk for suffering from maternal mental health disorders and where the greatest need for providers are. An estimated 62 million birthing-age, American women, or 96% of the potential perinatal population live in maternal mental health professional shortage areas. 13,885 providers are needed across the United States to fill these shortage gaps.

Fact Sheet: Maternal Mental Health

November 29, 2023

This fact sheet explores the prevalence and range of disorders associated with maternal mental health disorders. 

European Philanthropy Manifesto

November 28, 2023

Today's societal challenges require concerted efforts by many actors, be they public, private or philanthropic. More and more people in Europe are keen to engage in philanthropy, but challenges and barriers – especially when acting across borders – persist.This European Philanthropy Manifesto is a call to policymakers in Europe to work towards a Single Market for Philanthropy by taking these 4 steps: EMPOWER philanthropyFACILITATE cross-border philanthropyENGAGE with philanthropyPARTNER with philanthropy for public good

Intervention Programs of Public Health: Rockefeller Fellowship, Dr. Adetokunbo Lucas, and the Development of Public Health in Nigeria, 1963-1986

November 20, 2023

This paper looks at conversations around global exchanges through fellowship programs for public health development by the Rockefeller Foundation (RF), focusing particularly on Dr. Adetokunbo Lucas. Studies about the history of transnational scholarships designed by RF have often centred on Western/Asian recipients with little or no significant discourses on fellows of African descent. By focusing on Dr. Lucas and the University of Ibadan, this paper examines how campus-based politics, fuelled and shaped by larger Cold War politics, interfered with the implementation process of the global public health agenda of the RF in Nigeria.

The True Cost of Billionaire Philanthropy: How the Ultra-Wealthy Use Charity to Avoid Taxes and exert Influence - While Taxpayers foot the Bill

November 15, 2023

The news is full of stories about billionaires giving huge gifts to charity. Yet for all but the most generous, their giving is nowhere close to keeping up with the growth in their wealth.While some are making an earnest effort to give back, others appear to be using charity to enhance their public image, their political voice, and even the protection of their assets. The billionaires who have taken the Giving Pledge — a promise to give away half of their wealth during their lifetimes or in their wills — offer examples of all of this.This report examines the pitfalls of top-heavy giving — and what to do about them.

De la Reflexión a la Acción Guía sobre transparencia y rendición de cuentas para organizaciones filantrópicas

November 13, 2023

Para la filantropía, como en otros sectores de la vida pública y privada, actuar con transparencia y estar dispuesto a rendir cuentas de las propias acciones es una condición previa esencial para generar confianza, legitimidad y apoyo comunitario a la labor de cada organización.La aplicación de planes de transparencia y rendición de cuentas en todas las organizaciones es ahora parte integral de la buena gobernanza.Dados los retos a los que se enfrenta actualmente el sector filantrópico en muchas partes del mundo, existe una creciente demanda de orientación práctica para lograr una mayor transparencia y rendición de cuentas.Partiendo de una publicación anterior de WINGS (2015), "Transparencia y rendiciones de cuentas en la filantropía y la inversión social privada", esta nueva "Guía sobre transparencia y rendición de cuentas para organizaciones filantrópicas: De la reflexión a la acción" responde a esa demanda, proporcionando una guía paso a paso más detallada sobre cómo diseñar e implementar planes de transparencia y rendición de cuentas.

2023 Annual Review of South African Philanthropy

November 12, 2023

The Annual Review of South African Philanthropy is a unique publication that provides an in-depth exploration of the work and impact of independent philanthropy in South Africa. In this edition, IPASA showcases prominent philanthropic organisations and their efforts to address the country's pressing challenges. This year, 2023's focus is on how collaboration, leadership and sustainable innovation can address the key challenges we face as a country while unpacking the progress and work that still needs to be done.

Kids' Share 2023: Report on Federal Expenditures on Children through 2022 and Future Projections

November 9, 2023

Public spending on children represents an effort to invest in the nation's future. Investments supporting children's healthy development and human potential can promote their well-being and help them grow into the next generation of adults and workers, leading to a stronger workforce and economy.To inform policymakers, children's advocates, and the general public about how public funds are spent on children (birth through age 18), this 17th edition of the annual Kids' Share report provides a new analysis of federal expenditures on children from 1960 to 2022. It also offers an updated view of public expenditures made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Projections of federal expenditures on children through 2033 give a sense of how budget priorities are scheduled to unfold over the longer term under current law.