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Philanthropy and COVID-19: Diving into the Data

Organization Members Only

A year and a half since the global outbreak of COVID-19, the world is still recovering. In 2020, we saw grantmakers react swiftly, not only directing money to organizations on the ground but also making significant changes to their grantmaking practices and priorities to better help nonprofits face the myriad challenges brought on by the pandemic. The vaccine rollout brings a light of hope, but the long-term socioeconomic and health effects will likely not subside any time soon, even as the number of new virus infections starts to fall. Philanthropy will be called upon again to ensure nonprofits and non-governmental organizations are equipped to provide important resources, without worrying about their own financial health.

In this session, Candid will share the latest coronavirus-related funding figures, take a deep dive in to a regional COVID-19-related data collection effort, and discuss important lessons learned. This session is designed to help funders understand the dynamics of disaster philanthropy with a focus on using data to guide decisions. Highlights will include COVID-19-related funding analysis, publicly available tools and data sets to inform your work, the need for funders to make investments in long-term recovery and mitigation efforts for future disasters, and the sector-wide benefits and challenges of sharing grants data.

In addition, you will get an in-person update of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy and Candid’s first edition of the Philanthropy and COVID-19 report. First published in August 2020, it examined giving during the first half of the calendar year and showed that, proportionately, little institutional funding was directed toward BIPOC communities.


Cathleen Clerkin
Senior Director of Research

Tanya Gulliver-Garcia
Director of Learning and Partnerships
Center for Disaster Philanthropy

Sidney Hargro
Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia

Katherina Rosqueta
Founding Executive Director
Center for High Impact Philanthropy (CHIP)

Grace Sato
Director of Research