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

9/23/16 at 12:21pm

RT @lisa_rang: "only 3% of all #Philamplify NP respondents said a grantmaker had changed its ways after seeking feedback from grantees" @NC…

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Robert R Nelson

9/23/16 at 12:16pm

RT @lisa_rang: "only 3% of all #Philamplify NP respondents said a grantmaker had changed its ways after seeking feedback from grantees" @NC…

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NCRP

9/23/16 at 12:15pm

RT @lisa_rang: "only 3% of all #Philamplify NP respondents said a grantmaker had changed its ways after seeking feedback from grantees" @NC…

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Lisa Ranghelli

9/23/16 at 12:13pm

"only 3% of all #Philamplify NP respondents said a grantmaker had changed its ways after seeking feedback from gran… https://t.co/jj4GAQ2CCh

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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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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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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

9/29/16 at 7:19pm

"When communities suffering from decades of racism and disinvestment are described as 'resilient,' it almost implies that they can keep enduring under that mantle of oppression for years more, perhaps allowing further complacency by those with the power and resources to do something about it." http://bit.ly/2d9HuBW

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

9/29/16 at 4:15pm

Learn about the exciting changes taking place at National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) in our latest edition of Roundup: http://bit.ly/2daeCgR

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

9/29/16 at 2:36pm

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) President and CEO Aaron Dorfman talks donor advised funds, equity, advocacy and #BlackLivesMatter with Social Velocity. bit.ly/2ddxbNn

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

9/28/16 at 1:49pm

New blog post: National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)'s Lisa Ranghelli reflects on her trip to the Towards a More Resilient Place conference in Aspen last week. bit.ly/2d9HuBW Aspen Forum for Community Solutions Neighborhood Funders Group

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

9/28/16 at 9:50am

Reflections on Towards a More Resilient Place: There is another way bit.ly/2d9HuBW

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

9/21/16 at 10:03am

Deaconess Foundation to build new children's center in St. Louis http://bit.ly/2cK9gZy

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

9/21/16 at 10:02am

Three Things Foundations Can Do to Help Curb Predatory Payday Lending http://bit.ly/2cKcZWS

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

9/20/16 at 9:42am

Making Philanthropy More Equitable: An Interview with NCRP President & CEO Aaron Dorfman http://bit.ly...

How Philamplify Works

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

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