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

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 and it could have an even greater impact by bolstering California’s nonprofit advocacy infrastructure.

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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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Foundation Center NY

7/4/15 at 12:31pm

Aaron Dorfman tries to get an appt with the Hess Foundation http://t.co/gb0MAi7uLA @NCRP #philamplify

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Lauren Burnhill

7/4/15 at 8:06am

@NCRP Thanks for the RT. Love what you're doing with #Philamplify! Happy Independence Day :-)

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Caitlin Duffy

7/2/15 at 10:09am

Untransparent #Philanthropy: The Frustrating Case of the Hess Foundation | @NCRP #Philamplify #transparency http://t.co/gV0n7XcegL

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Caitlin Duffy

7/2/15 at 10:07am

RT @HistPhil: Untransparent Philanthropy: The Frustrating Case of the Hess Foundation https://t.co/WD9JHCqtcj @DuffyInDC @NCRP #Philamplify

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Guest

6/5/15 at 10:51am

Community foundations are handcuffed by having to serve donors. The Seattle Foundation's grantmaking isn’t much more than smaller funds. Donor-advised grantmaking isn’t moving the needle -- it is acting more like a bank and not moving donors.

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Guest

6/3/15 at 10:24am

The Pittsburgh Foundation has been very actively involved over the years in identifying community issues around community development, race issues, and a number of really critical issues in their low-income communities. They have engaged leaders from those low-income communities and developed strategies about how to address those, and have both raised money from people of wealth in Pittsburgh but also used their own money to address those.

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Guest

6/3/15 at 10:10am

For an organization that has with more than 1,200 local United Way offices throughout the country and pride themselves on ending homelessness in America, they have failed. The LA office alone has over $500,000,000, that's half a billion dollars yet homelessness is the highest in the country. I'd like them to start giving to smaller nonprofits. Why only give to nonprofits that have been around 5+ years? Such a catch-22. Just look at their financials for 2014 http://www.unitedwayla.org/wp-.... The numbers there don't add up with the amount that has actually be allocated to them from other government agencies (estimated $.5+ B) http://nextcity.org/daily/entr... ($214 M) and ($413 M) from the mayor of LA.

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Lisa Ranghelli

5/20/15 at 9:16am

Joe, thanks for your feedback. In our report, Walton Family Foundation executive director Buddy Philpot says the foundation's mission includes "a belief that lasting change is best achieved by supporting more free market choices and aligning incentives properly to reward behavior and policy change."

Our assessment acknowledges a role for what WFF defines as market-based approaches, including charter schools, to achieve social justice outcomes, such as the expansion of opportunity. A singular focus on only one approach, however, actually limits choice. People who directly experience limited opportunities are best positioned to define what options they most want and need for their children and community. Funders that support "choice" would have greater impact by listening to what kids, parents, and teachers who are already working on the ground to expand opportunity say they want, and supporting that work, rather than imposing singular solutions, charter schools or otherwise.

I invite others to join the conversation!

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

7/2/15 at 3:09pm

Untransparent Philanthropy: The Frustrating Case of the Hess Foundation #hessfoundation #foundations #philanthropy

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

6/30/15 at 9:18pm

#ICYMI: Walton Family Foundation - How Can This Market-Oriented Grantmaker Advance Community-Led Solutions for Greater Equity? The Walton Family Foundation's market-oriented approach has led to some successes and some disappointing outcomes.

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

6/30/15 at 9:16pm

Do Corporate Grantmakers Care More About the Poor Than Other Foundations? #Foundations #Grantmakers #Nonprofits

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

6/29/15 at 6:26pm

New Philamplify Report Blasts Secretive Hess Foundation’s Checkbook Philanthropy #Philamplifyhess #Philamplify http://bit.ly/1cYI4QG

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

7/2/15 at 11:10am

Untransparent Philanthropy: The Frustrating Case of the Hess Foundation #hessfoundation #foundations...

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

6/29/15 at 9:00am

Register 2day: Weathering the Storm: Building Resilience Against Opposition Attacks webinar http://bit.ly...

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

6/23/15 at 3:23pm

#ICYMI Gender Norms: The Missing Pt. of Gender Equity Philanthropy http://bit.ly/1Fzom4J #genderequity...

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

6/22/15 at 1:01pm

#ICYMI Implicit Bias and Native Americans: Philanthropy’s Hidden Minority http://bit.ly/1GiGFfZ #nat...

How Philamplify Works

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

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