Shifting Practices, Sharing Power? How U.S. Philanthropy is Responding to the 2020 Crises

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The public health, racial justice, and economic crises of 2020 have affected millions of Americans and laid bare the glaring inequities in our systems and institutions. 

A new report from the Council on Foundations, Philanthropy California, and Dalberg Advisors outlines how the US philanthropic sector is responding to the 2020 crises — and the opportunities to shift practices and share the power that communities and the industry need to build back better. 

We surveyed 250 foundation leaders and conducted more than a dozen in-depth interviews to assess how the sector is changing in three ways: resourcing, priorities, and internal operations. Across all three, we found shifts in practices, yet few examples of increases in power sharing.

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