There is a growing group of like-minded efforts that seek to reconnect us on a level where we cannot avoid making human connections. Some of them have names like Braver Angels, Weavers, the Jefferson Dinners, the New Pluralists, or Civic Renaissance, but there are many other civically enriching gatherings of various kinds. They seek to connect and reconnect individuals who are splintered into tribal divisions – to bring together on a human level what economic and political competition and technology have divided, and often continue to benefit from dividing.

Can we gather these efforts and give them more oxygen to thrive, to grow and learn from each other, without embedding them in the commercial so-called “social” media technologies that defeat the purposes of meaningful engagement and understanding of our common humanity? Can the voluntary yearning to embrace the humanity nearest to us help us revive the promise that resulted from the previous century’s horrific suffering, lest we have to relearn those lessons the hard way?

A first step would be to generate an inventory of such efforts, and then to see if these face-to-face civic experiments would be interested in gathering to give each other support and sustenance. We would be happy to welcome them to Indiana. I will give Gaudiani the last word as I ask you to join an effort to recover humanity:

The central idea is to trigger American citizens’ conversations with each other about the history of the civil societies they are living in. Sharing their community’s past struggles and challenges could draw new arrivals and century-long citizens to new levels of admiration for the democracy they now share.

Best Regards,

Amir Pasic,
Eugene R. Tempel Dean

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The report includes breakouts by primary focus of funding, areas of direct action, and tactics employed. Policy-based approaches were the most common tactic nonprofits employed to support their work on climate change, comprising 30% of reported climate expenditures. The majority (53.7%) of climate change spending by the U.S.-based nonprofits responding to this survey was used for efforts in the U.S. and Canada. An additional 22% focused on climate issues in other parts of the world. Just under 15% was spent on global-level strategies and programs. The report is based on research funded by ClimateWorks Foundation.

The study also reports what professionals at the surveyed nonprofits describe as the biggest funding gaps. It highlights respondents’ thoughts on tactics and areas of opportunity that they see as crucial to addressing climate change in the coming years, and on nonprofits’ needs that, if met, would help them better address the climate crisis.

“This unique research comes at a time when recognition is growing that climate action must be accelerated to address the gravity of the climate crisis,” said Una Osili, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Research and International Programs at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. “The findings from this report will equip nonprofit organizations with data to support fundraising for key climate priorities, and it uncovers gaps and opportunities for funders to increase their investment in key areas."

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Latine donors focus on family, faith, and community

Traditional folklore dance from Latin American.

A common thread interwoven throughout the richly diverse Latine communities in the United states is a strong commitment to family, faith, and community – characteristics reflected in their patterns of giving, according to a recent report by Hispanics in Philanthropy and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. 

The study provides new insights into dynamic patterns and long-term trends of Latine philanthropy, barriers and challenges for Latine nonprofits, and trends to watch. It emphasizes the range of diversity within Latine communities including countries of origin and/or descent, language preferences, immigration status, values, faith, wealth and education. It explores giving motivations and practices among Latine donors in the United States, including both high-net-worth and everyday donors, and examines how factors such as time lived in the U.S., language preference, and immigration status are linked to variations in rates of giving.

The researchers find that Latine donors in the United States emphasize family, faith, and local communities in their giving, which often occurs horizontally—between families and communities—rather than vertically toward organizations. Latine households are significantly more likely to engage in informal giving than non-Latine households. This tendency is present regardless of factors such as education level, age, marital status, gender, income and wealth, employment status, religion and immigration status.

In keeping with the strong commitment to family, intergenerational involvement is important among Latine high-net-worth donors. The study finds that they are more likely to involve children, grandchildren, and/or younger relatives in their giving decisions than non-Latine donors. Areas of priority for everyday Latine household’s giving aligned with those of non-Latine households: religious congregations; food, shelter, and basic necessities; healthcare and medical research; and education.

The report also includes implications for donors and nonprofit professionals:

  • Family, faith, and community are important for Latine giving decisions and priorities. Understanding the central role of family and intergenerational involvement and engaging with Latine communities on strategic priorities can inform more robust stewardship practices.
  • Latine focus group participants emphasized the need for Latine donors to shift from short-term crisis responses to strategic, long-term investments in Latine communities, including philanthropic engagement and education among younger Latine generations. Understanding these trends can benefit engagement with Latine donors, whose communities have demonstrated a desire to widen their philanthropic reach.

Read the report on Latine Philanthropy.