Grantmakers in Southern California are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by shifting their grantmaking priorities and offering better flexibility to grantees, a report from Neighborhood Works Consulting finds.
Primarily based on a survey of 100 and eleven grantmaking establishments, particular person donors, donor-advised fund (DAF) account holders, and wealth advisors, the report, New Challenges, Better Callings: Exploring the Wants of Philanthropy in Occasions of Change (25 pages, PDF), discovered that almost two-thirds of institutional grantmakers deliberate to reallocate some (41 p.c), most (19 p.c), or all (2 p.c) of their grantmaking dollars to COVID-19 response efforts. As well as, no less than half of grantmaking establishments indicated they have been prepared to increase grant deadlines (63 p.c), present emergency funding (62 p.c), shorten or streamline their utility processes (56 p.c), and/or shift program grant dollars to basic working assist (50 p.c), whereas smaller percentages have been prepared to offer technical help (28 p.c) and/or regulate the geographical focus (four p.c) of their grantmaking.
On the identical time, the survey discovered variations in basis leaders’ and workers’s notion of inside wants, with workers extra seemingly than management to price advocacy coaching, government and workers teaching, analysis, strategic planning, and understanding COVID-19 response fashions as “most necessary,” whereas management have been extra seemingly than workers to price human sources practices and psychological well being methods as “most necessary.” Roughly the identical proportion of chief and workers rated growth and fundraising and variety, fairness, and inclusion (DEI) in grantmaking “most necessary.”
As well as, a slight majority (56 p.c) of particular person donors, DAF account holders, and wealth managers and advisors who responded to the survey stated they have been making no modifications to their giving, whereas 44 p.c stated they have been shifting a few of their giving to emergency funding, 22 p.c have been supporting various kinds of organizations, and 11 p.c have been adjusting their geographic focus. Whereas not one of the particular person respondents stated they’d moved to offer basic working assist, 56 p.c stated they have been interested by offering unrestricted grant assist, and a few indicated a willingness to offer economic-impact readiness (33 p.c) assist, assist for expertise upgrades (22 p.c), and/or assist for COVID-related well being providers (22 p.c).
“Although a lot has been examined relating to philanthropy’s response to supporting nonprofit organizations and communities served,” stated James E. Herr, a philanthropy providers guide to CWC and co-author of the report, “we nonetheless see gaps in our understanding in regards to the inside wants of philanthropy throughout a disaster of this nature.”
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