Sector Articles / Reports / Resources

In regions throughout the US, foundations and philanthropic groups convene panels, conduct webinars and interviews, create press releases, and develop various multi-media products to showcase the impact of philanthropic investment in Black communities. In this section, ABFE has compiled a growing list of these products to document the evolution of Black male initiatives in philanthropy and to highlight data of particular interest to members and colleagues throughout its networks.
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Climate Change: A series of Case Studies on South African Funder's Climate Journeys (Volume 2)

February 5, 2024

Climate change is an increasingly pressing global issue that requires an immediate and concerted response to limit its most catastrophic consequences. Funders can play a key role in responding to climate change, however, funder responses to climate change have historically been relatively limited.That said, more funders are beginning to acknowledge the urgency with which climate change needs to be addressed and are increasingly seeing the impacts that climate change has on the often vulnerable communities that they serve. These climate change impacts have further implications for funders' work on other socio-economic challenges, with the communities that they serve facing additional challenges relating to food security, water scarcity, environmental damage, and heat waves.

Philanthropic Foundation Funding for Clean Air: Advancing climate action, health and social justice

January 15, 2024

An analysis of funding from philanthropic foundations to tackle air pollution between 2015 and 2022. We identify funding trends, gaps and opportunities for philanthropies to maximise the benefits of their investments.

Why We Rhize: Learnings from a Decade of Supporting Movements

December 19, 2023

This report aims to celebrate Rhize's legacy and document its many impacts, while also distilling challenges and learnings on diverse themes relevant to nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) working in social change worldwide. As such, this report does not offer exhaustive descriptions of an NGO's programmatic work, as an annual report or a website might. Instead, it offers an organizational history through a multi-voiced narrative of an NGO's twists and turns, drawing from interviews with 15 key stakeholders from various points throughout its decade-long journey.

Why We Rhize: Enseignements tirés d’une décennie de soutien aux mouvements

December 19, 2023

Ce rapport vise à rendre hommage à l'héritage de Rhize et à documenter ses nombreux impacts, tout en distillant les défis et les enseignements sur divers thèmes pertinents pour les organisations non gouvernementales (ONG) qui travaillent sur le changement social dans le monde entier. En tant que tel, ce rapport n'offre pas de descriptions exhaustives du travail programmatique d'une ONG, comme le ferait un rapport annuel ou un site Web. Au lieu de cela, il offre une histoire organisationnelle à travers un récit, à plusieurs voix, des rebondissements d'une ONG, en s'appuyant sur des entretiens avec 15 parties prenantes clés de divers points tout au long de son parcours sur dix ans.---This report aims to celebrate Rhize's legacy and document its many impacts, while also distilling challenges and learnings on diverse themes relevant to nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) working in social change worldwide. As such, this report does not offer exhaustive descriptions of an NGO's programmatic work, as an annual report or a website might. Instead, it offers an organizational history through a multi-voiced narrative of an NGO's twists and turns, drawing from interviews with 15 key stakeholders from various points throughout its decade-long journey.

Responsible AI Adoption Framework in Philanthropy: An Initial Framework for Grantmakers

December 6, 2023

As society grapples with the increasing prevalence of AI tools, this framework addresses the need for grantmakers to adopt AI in alignment with their core values. It emphasizes the responsibility of philanthropic organizations to ensure that the usage of AI enables human flourishing, minimizes risk, and maximizes benefit. Beyond AI adoption, the framework also calls for foundations to play a crucial role in advancing the responsible use of AI for nonprofit enablement.

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.

Emerging Impacts: The Effects of MacKenzie Scott’s Large, Unrestricted Gifts : Results from Year Two of a Three-Year Study

November 28, 2023

This report outlines the extent to which Mackenzie Scott's unrestricted funds have had an effect on recipients of her funding. Over three years, she gave more than $14 billion in unrestricted support to more than 1,600 organizations. An analysis of her donations are included within, inclusive of the challenges, surprises, effects and figures of how this funding affected recipients over the past 1-3 years. 

Philanthropy’s Role in Reparations and Building a Culture of Racial Repair

September 27, 2023

Many in philanthropy have expressed a desire to advance racial equity and a thriving multiracial democracy. This article, written in collaboration with Liberation Ventures, invites philanthropists, foundations, and other funders to see reparations for Black people—and building a culture of repair—as a necessity to reach that goal.

Winning on Climate Change: How Philanthropy Can Spur Major Progress over the Next Decade

August 17, 2023

Over the next 10 years, major progress against climate change is entirely possible, and philanthropy has an important role to play. Through interviews with experts and building on previous work with actors in the field, this report identifies three climate philanthropy practices that will be especially important in the decade ahead. 

Letting Go of Power, Centering Community: The Share Fund’s Story of Incorporating Participatory Grantmaking in Family Philanthropy

August 1, 2023

This guide offers insights and inspiration for family philanthropists to consider how they can implement participatory grantmaking into their giving. It shares how one family, the Marklyns, established The Share Fund, a participatory giving model that is not funded with endowed funds, but by their deliberate, annual redistribution of their assets to their mission. Their experience is an offering — to the broader philanthropic community and families curious about the model — to learn about one family's journey to developing a participatory grantmaking model that is intentionally designed to shift power and redistribute wealth. As one of The Share Fund Group members expressed, their model is about "creating something new in a way that will be able to serve the community without strings attached."

Changing the Narrative for Multilingual Learners

July 14, 2023

In 2022, California funders focused on multilingual and early education gathered for a series of learning conversations about how narrative change could positively impact the movement for multilingual education. In the sessions, narrative practitioners, advocates, funders, and evaluators offered these key insights for understanding and supporting narrative change:Narratives, which shape how people see the world and each other, are at the heart of movements for social change.Narrative change is collective work that has more impact when many voices and partners organize themselves around the same narrative.In developing narratives to support multilingual learners, it's essential to engage people with lived experience including students, educators, and families.When partners embrace a unifying narrative, it can align and accelerate work across policy advocacy, organizing, communications, the arts, and other areas.Narrative change is long-term work that requires persistence and multiple strategies to challenge and shift the deep-seated beliefs that uphold injustice.Evaluators have many ways to measure the progress and impact of narrative strategies upon organizations, networks, and in the public dialogue.Funding narrative change requires a different way of thinking than traditional grantmaking focused on discrete projects with short-term outcomes.

Participatory Grantmaking: Building the Evidence

June 13, 2023

This report explores the state of evidence in participatory grantmaking (PGM). It investigates the benefits and challenges of PGM and provides recommendations for the sector on advancing practice and understanding in this emerging area.The report's objectives are (1) to synthesise evidence on whether PGM achieves its intended outcomes and to explore its benefits and challenges compared with traditional grantmaking, and (2) to make recommendations to build the evidence base to better answer these questions.It aims to shed light on whether and how PGM works, with a view to advancing sector practice and highlighting areas for further research. It is grounded in a review of literature and uses case studies to illustrate key insights with a particular, in-depth focus on the Peer-to-Peer Program funded in Australia by the Paul Ramsay Foundation.

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