Honest Feedback to Improve Philanthropy

Welcome to Philamplify – where expert assessments and community feedback meet to maximize the impact of grantmaker giving. Together we’re creating a comprehensive picture of philanthropic practices that work and areas where we can all improve.

Honest Feedback to Improve Philanthropy

Welcome to Philamplify – where expert assessments and community feedback meet to maximize the impact of grantmaker giving. Together we’re creating a comprehensive picture of philanthropic practices that work and areas where we can all improve.

“I am eager to see grantmakers, nonprofits and members of our communities come together to provide critical feedback that will make philanthropic resources more effective at solving the world’s toughest problems. ”-- Ruth Messinger, President, American Jewish World ServiceShare Your Stories

Latest Foundation Assessments

Oregon Community Foundation

The Oregon Community Foundation engages a large network of volunteers and donors across the state to support local concerns. Can it also build a statewide legacy of equity and inclusion?

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New York Community Trust

The New York Community Trust has a strong commitment to equity and meeting community needs. Can it build on its strengths to become a true public leader in New York City?

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John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

The Knight Foundation has an admirable commitment to risk and innovation. Can the foundation look beyond #ShinyBrightObjects and do more to promote equity?

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The Kresge Foundation

Although Kresge exceeds most of NCRP’s criteria for effective social justice philanthropy by working with low-income communities to address systemic urban issues, the foundation needs to explicitly integrate a racial equity lens throughout its work.

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Hess Foundation

Hess Foundation grantees love that it provides unrestricted support with minimal reporting requirements. But the foundation’s lack of transparency and communication with grantees limits its impact on the communities it serves.

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Walton Family Foundation

The Walton Family Foundation's market-oriented approach has led to some successes and some disappointing outcomes.

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The California Endowment Assessment

The California Endowment is a national leader in bringing health equity to the Golden State. While the Endowment is already doing a lot of things right, it could have an even greater impact.

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Daniels Fund Assessment

The Daniels Fund is one of Colorado's most important grantmakers. In examining the foundation, we ask: Is donor intent compatible with strategic, social justice philanthropy? The issues are complex but the answer is yes.

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William Penn Foundation Assessment

While William Penn is highly lauded for its work on pre-K, the environment and the arts, it has encountered bumps in the road during changes in leadership and strategic direction.

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Woodruff Foundation Assessment

The Woodruff Foundation is doing even more than it appears at first glance to help marginalized communities. But it could achieve even greater impact by convening nonprofits to tackle pressing issues and bringing more diverse voices into its decision-making process.

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Lumina Foundation Assessment

Lumina has been successful in calling attention to the problem of low college attainment rates, especially for marginalized students. However, experts and community members share ideas on what Lumina can improve upon to achieve its ambitious goals.

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Guest

5/1/17 at 2:42pm

Majority of funding goes to pay staff salaries rather than to support intended beneficiaries. Donors believe they are supporting social services instead of a narrow focus area. They encourage service providers to be collaborative but do not collaborate themselves.

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Caitlin

5/1/17 at 1:23pm

Majority of funding goes to pay staff salaries rather than to support intended beneficiaries. Donors believe they are supporting social services instead of a narrow focus area. They encourage service providers to be collaborative but do not collaborate themselves.

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Caitlin

10/10/16 at 11:54am

Thank you for your comment, John! Glad you enjoyed the post. Keep an eye out for an article on equity and disabilities in our winter edition of our quarterly journal, Responsive Philanthropy.

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john wood

8/9/16 at 2:55pm

. It's nice to see investment made in non traditional ways, as someone with a disability I find it exciting to see a future where diversity is not looked upon as a liability, rather an opportunity to maximize opportunity. Nice article

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

1/15/18 at 2:03pm

What does Martin Luther King, Jr. have to teach us in philanthropy about campaign strategy and tactics? We must stop reflexively and perpetually deciding to fund groups that “know how the system works” instead of choosing to fund grassroots organizations led by people of color that employ tactics that make us uncomfortable. Foundation leaders speak more with their dollars than they do with their words and their dollars say they aren’t comfortable funding groups that employ aggressive tactics. United We Dream

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

1/12/18 at 6:30pm

"Other critics who’ve weighed in on the equity issue, including NCRP's four decades of work, have often focused on a lack of investment in movement building and other efforts to empower low-income Americans." via Inside Philanthropy

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

1/12/18 at 5:39pm

"Funding existing work is the right strategy in Southern philanthropy. Funding new work is the right strategy in Southern philanthropy."

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

1/12/18 at 4:18pm

ICYMI: NCRP President & CEO Aaron Dorfman was on Inside Philanthropy TV to discuss his Chronicle of Philanthropy article "Foundations Can’t Lose Sense of Urgency Against Trump in 2018."

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

9/19/17 at 5:51pm

Last night's NCRP Impact Awards was inspiring! And, according to Jeanné Isler, "It was about you and...

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

9/8/17 at 12:49pm

“It is not an overstatement to say that delving into equity profoundly changed me and Meyer Memorial...

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

9/6/17 at 5:17pm

Great piece highlighting the inspiring work of the 2017 NCRP Impact Awardees! http://bit.ly/2vMDfbz ...

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

8/31/17 at 8:00pm

Join us in congratulating Foundation for Louisiana, "Mover and Shaker" Awardee for the 2017 NCRP Impact...

How Philamplify Works

About Philamplify. Philamplify fosters an environment of transparency and honest feedback among foundations and nonprofits.

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