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. CEP research has insights into how foundations are responding.

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New Attitudes, Old Practices:
The Provision of Multiyear General Operating Support

Nonprofit leaders have long called for multiyear general operating support (GOS) grants, and advocates in philanthropy have increasingly argued that providing this type of support constitutes good grantmaking practice. Are foundations responding to these calls?

This study examines the state of practice in philanthropy regarding the provision of multiyear GOS. Findings reveal a sobering disconnect between attitudes of foundation leaders and the experience of nonprofits, as well as a similar disconnect between the attitudes of foundation CEOs themselves and their foundations’ practices.

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