Calls for changes in foundation practice have come for decades. The ways in which foundations responded to these calls at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020 have been well-documented and widely discussed. However, whether foundation leaders would continue these changes beyond 2020 was an open question.
To better understand current foundation practice, The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) gathered data from 284 foundations leaders who responded to a survey and conducted in-depth interviews with 33 foundations and 32 nonprofit organizations. The report, “Foundations respond to crisis: lasting change?”, shows that foundations have indeed continued to change many practices and that they plan to continue most of these changes in a post-pandemic future.