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Ninety-two percent of respondents to our most recent poll on the Philamplify website said community foundations should connect donors/donor advisors to organizations led by people from underserved communities.

Out of three answer choices, 22 responded “yes,” one responded “no” and one responded “maybe.”

The poll was inspired by our recent Philamplify reports assessing the New York Community Trust and the Oregon Community Foundation.

To give some context, our previous poll, which focused on a foundation’s sense of neutrality in the work it does, prompted us to wonder if a biased commitment to total neutrality can dissuade from actual progress. We took that idea a step further by trying to understand what kind of investment these foundations can have. In this case, we asked about the importance of working with organizations that are specifically led by people of underserved communities.

We’ve also introduced a new poll, asking: Which types of funders should be inclusive of community voices? Respondents can select: private foundations, community foundations, public charities or none of the above. Visit the Philamplify home page to take the poll!

Jack Rome is a communications intern at NCRP. Follow @NCRP and join the #Philamplify discussion on Twitter.

The post Should community foundations connect donors/donor advisors to organizations led by people from underserved communities? also appears on National Committee For Responsive Philanthropy.

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