Readers who are used to the extensive footnotes in Cohen Report postings wondered why the recent posts on the conditions of funders and nonprofits during the current economic downturn (Foundation Grantmaking during Economic Collapse: Pollyanna or Cassandra at the Helm? and Nonprofits Speaking for Themselves: The Impact of the National Economic Tailspin) had lots of citations, but not from the specific grantmaker and nonprofit association reports. Well, we have the reports containing the core information used in the postings (some RAGs gave us information, but not in report form), of course! At CR, we love telling stories with numbers. But the articles were so long without this list of reports, we figured we’d publish the list separately–here.
Do note the following: We are very appreciative of the RAGs, United Ways, and nonprofit associations that made their reports (even in summary or press release form) available to the public by posting them on the Internet. We are especially appreciative of those organizations that posted not only the reports, but also the raw survey data. It is SO important to all of us to make sure that researchers are contributing their information to the nonprofit sector’s accessible knowledge base and not restricting access by making the information proprietary. Sharing research information–not just analyses and reports, but the raw data when possible–is crucial for our sector’s advancement.
Here’s what we used in the “Foundation Grantmaking” and “Nonprofits Speaking” posts [Note: We’ve received more since we posted the articles on March 19th and will do updates as we generate more information]:
Indiana Grantmakers’ Response to the Economic Crisis (Indiana Grantmakers Alliance, 2008)
How is the Economy Affecting Philanthropy in Our State? (Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, 2008?)
2008 Economic Impact Survey (Arizona Grantmakers Forum, 2008)
Economic Response Survey – Preliminary Results (Northern California Grantmakers, 2009?)
How Is the Economy Affecting Our Region? (Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, 2008)
Wisconsin 100 Economy Data (Donors Forum of Wisconsin, n.d.)
Recession-Fighting Ideas for Philanthropy: Overview of Indiana Grantmakers Alliance Economic Impact Survey (Indiana Grantmakers Alliance, n.d.)
Donors Forum of South Florida: Economic Impact Survey (Donors Forum of South Florida, n.d.)
ECONOMIC OUTLOOK 2009: Economic Crisis Weighs on Nonprofit Sector (Donors Forum, 2008)