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

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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EJAF

5/21/15 at 7:41am

RT @NCRP: Agree/Disagree: @WaltonFamilyFdn Needs 2 fund community-led efforts 2 help improve US ed? http://t.co/NRTzOLdcks #philamplify #ph…

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Glasspockets

5/18/15 at 5:26pm

RT @FCNewYork: RT @NCRP: Are foundations using feedback loops? Fund for Shared Insight has answers http://t.co/biBfYanEMV) @Glasspockets #P…

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Foundation Center NY

5/18/15 at 5:02pm

RT @NCRP: Are foundations using feedback loops? Fund for Shared Insight has answers http://t.co/biBfYanEMV) @Glasspockets #Philamplify

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Sara Davis

5/18/15 at 10:33am

RT @NCRP: Are foundations using feedback loops? Fund for Shared Insight has answers http://t.co/d1SUgpsYpd) @Glasspockets #philanthropy #Ph…

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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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Mnparent

5/17/15 at 3:13pm

Interesting that NCRP does not seem to be interested in a discussion about the value of public school choice as an expansion of opportunity. NCRP insists on describing chartering as the market approach.
Over 40 years, as an inner city public school teachers, administrator, parent and researcher, I've seen the value of offering public school options. This is the second time I've attempted to respond to your assertions. The first one was not posted. Will you post this one? Joe Nathan

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Guest

5/8/15 at 5:55pm

The Blandin Foundation is a one of a kind foundation serving a local home giving area and rural communities in Minnesota. In 2004, due to local community unrest and a lawsuit over the foundations giving and actions, a court mandated that foundation be examined and reviewed under the supervision of a Special Master. Following the appointment of a Special Master, the Blandin Foundation has striven to improve their processes and heal relationships in their local giving community. Today, the foundation has just been released from the review of its Special Master and has come a long way to heal community relationships and become an attentive listener in serving their community.

Following this period of change, the opportunity for the foundation to benefit from "philamplification" and examine their practices to become a stronger and more equitable foundation is stronger than ever.

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Guest

5/8/15 at 5:16pm

I am recommending an "After Gray Action Report" centering on the Annie E. Casey Foundation, but inclusive of other large private, family and corporate funders based in the city. The Casey Foundation has accomplished some remarkable work over the past 25 years. As the largest funder in Baltimore with a focus on children, families and communities, is there a way for it and other large funders to rethink what is their local role in changing the narrative, conditions and outlook for those most in need in the city?

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

5/23/15 at 2:00pm

"My friend Senator Wellstone used to say that he went to Washington to speak up for the little fellers, not the Rockefellers, because the Rockefellers already had plenty of people speaking for them. Philanthropy, too, already has plenty of people speaking up for the Rockefellers. We desperately need people who will speak up for the little fellers." http://blog.ncrp.org/2015/05/making-a-difference-with-a-career-in-philanthropy.html

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

5/20/15 at 9:44pm

It was an inspiring night, and we're grateful to all who celebrated the work of these 5 amazing foundations at last night's 2015 NCRP Impact Awards reception: Brooklyn Community Foundation, Blue Shield of California Foundation, Open Society Foundations, New York Foundation and Needmor Fund. Here are a few pictures, with more to follow! And if you have pictures to share, please post and tag us, too! And check out a brief recap here: http://blog.ncrp.org/2015/05/foundation-and-nonprofit-leaders-celebrate-the-2015-ncrp-impact-awards.html. #NCRPImpactAwards #philanthropy

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

5/18/15 at 1:00pm

"If we are truly to confront, address and begin to overcome all implicit and explicit racial bias, it must be a fully inclusive conversation had by all – including Native Americans." - @Crystal Echo Hawk #philanthropy #NativeAmericas #racialequity #socialjustice

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

5/17/15 at 7:00pm

Learn how Asian Pacific Community In Action is addressing the health needs of Arizona's API community in the spring issue of "Responsive Philanthropy" #philanthropy #socialjustice #Arizona #health #API http://ncrp.org/publications/responsive-pubs/rp-archive/responsive-philanthropy-spring15/member-spotlight-asian-pacific-community-in-action

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

5/22/15 at 6:17pm

"My friend Senator Wellstone used to say that he went to Washington to speak up for the little fellers...

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

5/20/15 at 6:44pm

Did you miss last night's 2015 NCRP Impact Awards reception in San Francisco? Here's a brief recap of...

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

5/15/15 at 1:41pm

Implicit bias has important implications on how philanthropy operates and addresses the many important...

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

5/13/15 at 9:00am

Take our latest poll: The main reason why ‪#‎nonprofits‬ choose not to openly criticize ‪#‎foundations‬...

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

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