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Effective Matters: May 2023

Date: May 26, 2023

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Early Bird Pricing on CEP’s Conference Ends Soon!

Join us for the CEP conference this fall!
When: Oct. 30 – Nov. 1, 2023
Where: Omni Seaport Hotel in Boston

Register by May 31st to benefit from an early bird discount on registration and ensure you reserve your spot at CEP’s first in-person conference since 2019.

Not sure yet about attending? Find out more about the agendawho will be speaking, and who else will be attending. Plus, tune in to a message from CEP’s Phil Buchanan and Grace Nicolette about CEP’s conference — and why you won’t want to miss this event.

Elisha Smith Arrillaga, Ph.D. to Lead CEP’s Research Team

CEP is delighted that philanthropic and education leader Elisha Smith Arrillaga, Ph.D. will join us as our new vice president of research starting June 1. Smith Arrillaga brings a wealth of experience as a nonprofit leader and philanthropic expert and is deeply familiar with CEP’s work.

Before joining CEP, Smith Arrillaga served as a faculty fellow and professor of practice in philanthropy and education policy at the University of Texas and as founder of Student Success Solutions, an education consulting firm. She previously held the role of managing director of the Dana Center at the University of Texas and executive director of Education Trust West. Earlier in her career, Smith Arrillaga served as director in the Career Ladders Project at the Foundation for California Community Colleges, the first fellow at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and a director at Mathematica Policy Research.

We are thrilled to welcome Elisha to CEP. Her skills and background make her an ideal match to lead CEP’s research in the years to come,” said CEP President Phil Buchanan. “Our connections to Elisha go back to her time at Hewlett and, more recently, as a valued member of our YouthTruth advisory board for the past four years.”

CEP Presents New Research: State of Nonprofits in 2023

Mark your calendars for July 11th, 2pm ET/11am PT! CEP will host a webinar to share the findings of new research, to be released in late June, State of Nonprofits 2023: What Funders Need to Know, as well as a preview of an additional forthcoming report. During the webinar, CEP presenters will share the results of survey responses from nonprofit leaders participating in CEP’s Nonprofit Voice Project in early 2023 and new analyses of CEP’s Grantee Perception Report (GPR) data based on thousands of nonprofit experiences. CEO of Headwaters Foundation Brenda Solorzano and CEO and president of Hopewell Shaheer Mustafa will then join the panel to discuss the key challenges facing nonprofits as they grapple with the continued impact of three years of upheaval.

We hope you will join us for this free webinar on July 11th!

YouthTruth Releases New Research

Students Weigh In, Part IV: Learning and Well-Being After COVID-19
The fourth and final report in YouthTruth’s Student’s Weigh In series on COVID-19’s impact on students provides insight into the student experience in the 2022-2023 school year, with feedback from more than 88,000 students. The data reveals that while student perceptions of learning and belonging have returned to pre-pandemic levels, there are concerning differences across student demographic groups. In addition, students’ experiences with mental health — and the level of support they receive from adults in school — worsened during the pandemic and has not recovered.

Class of 2023: Who Plans to Go to College?
This report follows up on research done in both 2019 and 2022 seeking insight into how students are planning for their future. The report reveals new insights about how seniors are thinking about college post-pandemic. In particular, it delves into a gap between students’ desire to go to college and whether they actually expect to go and includes sobering insights about men/boys and students of color.

Hear from CEP’s Phil Buchanan and Grace Nicolette

Catch Phil Buchanan in conversation with KABOOM! CEO Lysa Ratliff at the recent WeGive Summit. The two discuss advancing equity through large, unrestricted gifts and CEP’s recent research on the impact of MacKenzie Scott’s giving on the nonprofits who have received her gifts. Watch a video recording of the event here.

In addition, hear from CEP’s Grace Nicolette on the VitalTalks podcast as she discusses the potential of transformational philanthropy and upending donor dynamics alongside an interview with Lwalala Community Alliance on their experience recieving a MacKenzie Scott grant. Listen to “Upending the Donor Dynamic” here.

Latest on the CEP Blog

Who Is Threatening ‘Philanthropic Freedom?’
Phil Buchanan responds to a recent op-ed in The Chronicle of Philanthropy calling for philanthropic pluralism in order to protect “philanthropic freedom.” Who or what, he asks, is threatening philanthropic freedom, and what motivated this piece, co-authored by an unlikely grouping of philanthropic leaders?

What Does ChatGPT Know About Philanthropy?
In the kick-off to a series on the blog all about the philanthropic sector and AI, we “interviewed” ChatGPT to find out what the generative AI knows about philanthropy and how it answers tough questions about the field, from who the most impactful donor or foundation is to how MacKenzie Scott’s giving has influenced philanthropy. Look for more pieces about how philanthropy as a sector is grappling with AI to come.

How Philanthropic Support For Journalism Is Making A Difference
The Associated Press President and CEO Daisy Veerasingham took to the CEP blog to share how philanthropy can — and is — making a difference for journalism. She provides insight into the infrastructural role that AP plays and discusses the impact that philanthropy can have in ensuring that the public continues to have access to reliable and trusted news sources.

Philanthropists And Nonprofits Should Think Differently About Scale
CEO of the Freedom Fund Nick Grono tackles the question of scaling in the nonprofit sector in this widely shared CEP blog post, making the case that discussions about scale that draw on the business world as a model are not fit for purpose for nonprofits. Instead, he urges nonprofit leaders and philanthropy to consider impact, systems transformation, and to embrace collaborative efforts.

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