Lasting Change?

In new CEP research, foundation leaders report that their foundations are now working differently than they were in early 2020 — and that they plan to continue most of these changes in a post-pandemic future.

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Foundations Respond to Crisis:
A Series of Three Reports

Amid the unprecedented challenges of the past year, calls for funders to make fundamental changes in how they approach their work have grown in number and intensity. How are foundations responding to the past year’s crises? What high-level changes in practice are they making — and will these changes be for the long term? CEP explored these questions through surveying and interviewing U.S. foundation leaders. This three-part research seriesFoundations Respond to Crisis, shares what we learned.

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