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Conference attendees get sneak PEAK at new NCRP guide on using power to advance equity

Despite the tempting distractions of sunny Orlando, it was a full house at NCRP’s session at the PEAK Grantmaking annual conference in March. Co-led by me and Project Streamline’s Jessica Bearman, the workshop topic was “Beyond Good Intentions: Self-Assessment for Equity and Systems Change.” It was one of several sessions that focused on helping grants […]

2017 wasn’t all bad … some reasons for optimism

Before we get too far into 2018, I’d like to take this opportunity to remember some of the bright spots of 2017 related to philanthropy that advances equity and justice. 2017 was NCRP’s first full year of implementing its new strategic framework, enabling me to delve more deeply into health equity issues and the world […]

Outrageous headlines from philanthropy you won’t see elsewhere

Here at NCRP, we pride ourselves on doing good research that translates into effective tools for the sector. What many folks may not know is that we frequently hear about important news and happenings from around the sector before anyone else. Recently, we got wind of some pretty mind-blowing updates from our source. Some are […]

The Futurist: Alberto Ibargüen and the Remaking of the Knight Foundation

There may be no funder that’s lately thrown more spaghetti up on the wall to see what sticks than the Knight Foundation. Its creative and experimental grantmaking has now been going on for a decade. Where has it been leading and what lasting impact might it have? Skeptics of Knight’s approach haven’t been hard to […]

When a foundation board gets in the way of community impact

This commentary was originally published on Nonprofit Quarterly. Last month brought the announcement that William Penn Foundation executive director Laura Sparks has accepted the position of president at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, a college in New York City founded on principles of equity and inclusion. Given Sparks’ longstanding commitment to underserved […]

When a Foundation Board Gets in the Way of Community Impact

By Lisa Ranghelli Nonprofit Quarterly Last month brought the announcement that William Penn Foundation executive director Laura Sparks has accepted the position of president at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, a college in New York City founded on principles of equity and inclusion. Given Sparks’ longstanding commitment to underserved urban […]

Should community foundations connect donors/donor advisors to organizations led by people from underserved communities?

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 […]

Report Looks at OCF’s Diversity Work

By Christen McCurdy The Skanner A report published in June on the Oregon Community Foundation identified a history of cultural insensitivity and poor outreach to communities of color – but also said the organization is making strides toward improving its diversity practices. The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, a watchdog organization that examines grantmaking organizations, worked […]