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

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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NCRP

7/29/14 at 8:00pm

RT @npquarterly: #Philamplify says L.A.’s largest foundation @CalEndow does a good job @NCRP http://t.co/M8xoIje8JD #philanthropy

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Patricia Duarte

7/29/14 at 2:09pm

RT @npquarterly: #Philamplify says L.A.’s largest foundation @CalEndow does a good job @NCRP http://t.co/M8xoIje8JD #philanthropy

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Nonprofit Quarterly

7/29/14 at 1:40pm

#Philamplify says L.A.’s largest foundation @CalEndow does a good job @NCRP http://t.co/M8xoIje8JD #philanthropy

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Vincent Stehle

7/29/14 at 1:20pm

RT @NCRP: Don't miss this piece from @npquarterly on our #Philamplify assess. of @CalEndow http://t.co/9EsbZzFInz #philanthropy

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guest

7/29/14 at 11:23am

TCE should ask the grantee's constituents rather than the grantee in order to get more honest feedback. TCE can create a safe environment for grantees to be honest if a strategy didn't work the way they thought it would.

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Lisa Ranghelli

7/21/14 at 1:59pm

Thanks for your comment. I would love to hear more--why is internal alignment so challenging, and what are some proactive steps TCE and other funders can take to improve in this area?

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Lisa Ranghelli

7/21/14 at 1:56pm

Thanks, those are both great pieces of advice. I would love to hear from readers about other challenges of long-term place based work that TCE should keep in mind. Feel free to join the conversation!

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Lisa Ranghelli

7/21/14 at 1:51pm

Thanks for your comment! In your experience, what are the best ways for foundations to help nonprofits feel comfortable asking the foundation about its motivations and practices?

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

7/22/14 at 1:00pm

Join us in welcoming the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation to #PhilanthropysPromise now with 180 #FDNs signed on!

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

7/19/14 at 10:00am

A #Philamplify guest agrees with NCRP's recommendation that the Daniels Fund should decrease board compensation, increase payout. Disagrees that it should divest itself of alcohol stocks. What do you think? #philanthropy #impinv #Colorado

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

7/17/14 at 11:54am

In 2013, we honored these 4 foundations for inspiring, smart #philanthropy that strengthens their communities: California Community Foundation, Levi Strauss Foundation, NoVo Foundation and Woods Fund Chicago. #TBT #NCRPImpactAwards http://www.ncrp.org/impact-awards/press-room/photos-2013

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

7/16/14 at 12:59pm

Efforts to improve #education outcomes in our country is a great example of the fine balance between policy leadership exercised by foundations and supporting grassroots movement. #philamplify #philanthropy #socialjustice

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

7/17/14 at 10:00am

Don't miss these great reads on how partnerships & relationship-building are important for philanthropic...

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

7/16/14 at 9:00pm

Check out the latest #Philamplify assessments, which examine The California Endowment and Daniels Fund...

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

7/16/14 at 1:00pm

Efforts to improve #education outcomes in our country is a great example of the fine balance between...

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

7/8/14 at 1:03pm

Andrea Guadarrama is among the thousands of domestic workers whose lives have been touched by 2014 NCRP...

How Philamplify Works

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

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The Latest News & Postings. Philamplify challenges philanthropic leaders to make unvarnished feedback an integral part of our culture, and sparks dialogue on how we can improve.

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Join the conversation. Philamplify provides everyone touched by philanthropy with an opportunity to share experiences and discuss what is needed from foundations to make real and lasting social change in our communities.

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