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For charities bracing for a drop in giving as the pandemic wanes, a new survey brings promising news. Fifty-three percent of people who donated at least once to charity in the past two years said their giving in 2021 would keep pace with last year, and a fourth plan to give even more, reports my colleague Emily Haynes.

But fundraisers shouldn’t be complacent, Penelope Burk, the report’s author, told Emily. “Donors cannot maintain an emergency mentality for too long,” Burk said. Charities need to create compelling new reasons to give.

Burk is a seasoned fundraising researcher who is now retiring, so Emily led two conversations to distill what she has learned. Among his observations:Donors measure their self-esteem through their philanthropy. They want to know that they are not just taking up space on this planet. This means that fundraisers “have to understand this and then help them feel good about themselves”.

However, she warns, “Good fundraising never yields to the whims of a donor that are not part of the strategy the organization implements in the first place.”

A campaign to urge funders to disclose their donations to groups working on racial equity and the climate crisis is gaining traction.

The Donors of Color Network, a donor group that focuses on funding racial equity efforts, has asked climate funders to commit to donating at least 30% of their climate grants to these groups and to be transparent about their climate by giving

On Thursday, three more groups announced their climate funding to these groups, reports Haleluya Hadero, writing for The Associated Press, a Chronicle of philanthropy partner. Of the 40 major funders contacted by the network, five have now released data for the past two years, four have signed the pledge and five have refused to sign it.

Hewlett agreed to the transparency part of the pledge, but not a set percentage of donations to these groups. Hewlett President Larry Kramer said, “We don’t believe there are magic numbers. We prefer to make our grants, be transparent about it and always work to improve. »

Nonprofits and funders are facing what some call a “crisis of confidence.” Americans’ trust in charities has slipped over the past year as nonprofits grappled with multiple crises, but trust in funders and individual donors has plummeted significantly , notes my colleague Drew Lindsay reporting on a new Independent Sector study. According to the survey, Democrats, urban dwellers and wealthy Americans place more importance on charity than others.

Nearly three-quarters of nonprofits that received money from MacKenzie Scott did not reveal how much she gave them, according to an exclusive the Chronicle To analyse. When Scott gave $8.5 billion to nearly 800 nonprofits starting last summer, she left it up to recipients to disclose how much they received. More than 200 have released this information publicly or in response to requests from the Chronicle, and my colleague Maria Di Mento has pored over the numbers and offered an analysis of where the money is going.

The biggest slice of the pie — $1.5 billion — went to 62 colleges and universities, and two historically black colleges and universities were the biggest winners.

This weekend might be a good time to watch the new Lin-Manuel Miranda movie In the heights (above). The musical has an important message for people in philanthropy, says our columnist Leslie Lenkowsky, as does the Miranda family’s recent donation to eight immigrant-focused groups.

Donors, he says, might want to “consider following the Miranda’s lead and directing some of their support toward programs that help immigrants join the middle class.” Indeed, barriers to policy improvement might become more manageable if recent immigrants were more widely seen as the group of activists. In the heights depicts — even if they can’t sing a tune from a Broadway show.

We hope this weekend brings enough time to hum along to musical wonders, watch movies or the Olympics, or do whatever else brings you joy – and read about what’s new and what’s next in the nonprofit world. lucrative.

—Marilyn Dickey and Stacy Palmer

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