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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NCRP

7/25/16 at 1:58pm

Can @TheOregonCF Build a Statewide Legacy of #Equity & Inclusion? https://t.co/qd3PGJytZr #philanthropy #Philamplify https://t.co/qyMAH7307o

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AmeriCorps Alums SD

7/24/16 at 3:05pm

RT @NCRP: Should community #foundations connect donors to underserved communities? Vote in our latest #Philamplify poll! https://t.co/U7nvs…

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Christine Newman

7/22/16 at 1:19pm

RT @NCRP: Should community #foundations connect donors to underserved communities? Vote in our latest #Philamplify poll! https://t.co/U7nvs…

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Sharon59

7/22/16 at 12:58pm

RT @NCRP: Should community #foundations connect donors to underserved communities? Vote in our latest #Philamplify poll! https://t.co/U7nvs…

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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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Guest

7/7/16 at 8:46pm

Choice, competition and market driven evaluation is a good thing. The government monopoly in delivering most education is failing.

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Guest

6/27/16 at 6:22pm

We have known for quite some time that foundation giving intentional for marginalized populations remains low thanks to NCRP's reports. However, shouldn't we expect more from community foundations, hence the first word in their name? I have seen some require diversity hiring practices and initiatives of their grantees while they don't practice them themselves. Maybe they're preoccupied with donor advised funds and their time and attention is taken away from such matters. Hopefully this piece will not only raise awareness and generate discussion in Oregon but within the 'community' of community foundations.

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

7/29/16 at 6:18pm

"According to the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, a mere 14 percent of annual foundation funding goes to 'social change,' which it defines broadly as 'work for structural change in order to increase the opportunity of those who are the least well off politically, economically and socially.'" http://bit.ly/2aidWVd

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

7/28/16 at 8:06pm

Who’s Getting Paid to Advance Grantee Inclusion? http://bit.ly/2afrAJ0 #philanthropy #FocusOnGrantees via Stanford Social Innovation Review

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

7/28/16 at 2:36pm

It’s Time for a Strategy on Rural #Philanthropy, Not Just Shaming http://bit.ly/2atgXin via The Chronicle of Philanthropy

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

7/27/16 at 4:08pm

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) shared Neighborhood Funders Group's photo.

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

7/29/16 at 2:18pm

The Future of Philanthropy http://bit.ly/2aidWVd

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

7/28/16 at 4:06pm

Who’s Getting Paid to Advance Grantee Inclusion? http://bit.ly/2afrAJ0

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

7/28/16 at 3:36pm

Standard (Mal)Practice http://bit.ly/2abieOd

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

7/28/16 at 10:35am

It’s Time for a Strategy on Rural #Philanthropy, Not Just Shaming http://bit.ly/2atgXin

How Philamplify Works

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

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