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 Duffy

11/28/16 at 3:34pm

Especially relevant given our recent @NCRP #Philamplify assessments of @TheOregonCF + @NYCommTrust

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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)

12/2/16 at 8:17pm

Despite an influx of new funders, under-served communities are neglected: http://bit.ly/2gPpW1L via Inside Philanthropy Cites National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)'s new "Pennies for Progress" report bit.ly/2gVjCWV

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

12/2/16 at 4:24pm

We're got ambitious goals for the next 10 years. How will we get there? Check out the logic model, like and share! http://bit.ly/2fLIxY9

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

12/1/16 at 8:11pm

90% of foundations gave less than 50% of grant dollars to underserved communities between 2003-2013 http://bit.ly/2gVjCWV

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

12/1/16 at 4:30pm

We'll connect w/social movements, begin engaging with wealthy donors and continue three major initiatives. We're excited about what's ahead. bit.ly/2gZd9ug

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

12/2/16 at 4:30pm

Despite an influx of new funders, under-served communities are neglected: http://bit.ly/2gPpW1L via ...

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

12/2/16 at 12:26pm

We're got ambitious goals for the next 10 years. How will we get there? Check out the logic model, like...

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

11/30/16 at 1:30pm

What are you thankful for in philanthropy this holiday season? http://bit.ly/2gJ4ysp

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

11/30/16 at 11:27am

BRAND NEW: Learn why 2003-13 was a decade of boom for #philanthropy, but a bust for #socialjustice http...

How Philamplify Works

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

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