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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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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Lisa Ranghelli

7/29/16 at 5:33pm

I agree completely--she is a tremendous asset to Philamplify and to NCRP!

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Lisa Ranghelli

7/29/16 at 5:32pm

Thanks for your comment. It points to the challenge of defining "community" inclusively so that marginalized populations are granted the resources needed to advance equity and can connect to donor advised fund holders, who are, as you note, also a core constituency of community foundations. I welcome others to join the conversation and share their take on the role of community foundations.

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

2/22/17 at 5:18pm

What is the role of funders in protecting marginalized communities during the next four years? http://bit.ly/2kLYCV6 via Nonprofit With Balls

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

2/22/17 at 2:36pm

Calls to eliminate the Johnson Amendment are part of a broader strategy to underwrite religious extremism http://bit.ly/2kLOY4Q

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

2/21/17 at 7:50pm

Investments in effective fundraising strategies should be made because of nonprofits' need to fund missions and work, not despite it. bit.ly/2lDarMq

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

2/21/17 at 3:02pm

Learn why it is not acceptable for philanthropy to respond to Trump's executive orders on immigration and refugees with silence in our most popular blog post from last week. http://bit.ly/2lKToc6

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

2/17/17 at 11:29am

The Women's Foundation of California is holding an informational webinar on its Philanthropy and Public...

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

2/17/17 at 10:50am

New blog post: Why philanthropy needs to have standards http://bit.ly/2lepZnu

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

2/16/17 at 5:44pm

What is your nonprofit’s role in reframing the post-election discourse? http://bit.ly/2lcwur7 via The...

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

2/16/17 at 5:43pm

Watch a recording of yesterday's webinar on creatively funding social movements https://youtu.be/cvW_2jfHJbM...

How Philamplify Works

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

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The Latest News & Postings. Philamplify challenges philanthropic leaders to make unvarnished feedback an integral part of our culture, and sparks dialogue on how we can improve.

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Join the conversation. Philamplify provides everyone touched by philanthropy with an opportunity to share experiences and discuss what is needed from foundations to make real and lasting social change in our communities.

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