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

6/29/16 at 1:30pm

Vote in our newest #Philamplify poll: Should community fdns connect donors to orgs led by underserved communities? https://t.co/U7nvs4lIzJ

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Caitlin Duffy

6/28/16 at 12:39pm

RT @NCRP: Should @TheOregonCF increase its funding for core, multiyear support? https://t.co/qd3PGJytZr #Philamplify #Oregon https://t.co/p…

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NCRP

6/28/16 at 12:33pm

Should @TheOregonCF increase its funding for core, multiyear support? https://t.co/qd3PGJytZr #Philamplify #Oregon https://t.co/pzqeOXx2jA

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Caitlin Duffy

6/27/16 at 12:16pm

RT @NCRP: #Oregon #nonprofits: Do u have similar experience w @TheOregonCF? https://t.co/qd3PGJytZr #philanthropy #philamplify https://t.co…

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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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Guest

6/24/16 at 9:54pm

That Caitlin Duffy is amazing!

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Caitlin

6/23/16 at 1:50pm

Thank you for your comment, Hilary. When you describe “smaller, not particularly diverse communities,” do you mean majority white, rural communities? Rural communities are indeed underresourced by philanthropy. Our report affirms the great work OCF has done to ensure its grantmaking reaches geographically diverse, rural communities through its regional offices and extensive donor and volunteer networks.

As OCF’s assets and grantmaking continue to grow, and as it moves forward with its commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, we recommend that OCF’s grantmaking better reflect the demographic diversity of the state. A commitment to equity includes support of all underserved communities, small and large alike, including rural and communities of color.

Communities of color make up 23 percent of Oregon’s population and have been historically marginalized and underfunded. In fact, as we write in the report, because of the changing demographics of the state “’rural’ cannot and should not be equated exclusively with white communities.” For example, “Latinos make up more than a quarter of the population in five more rural counties.” We discuss the history of Oregon's racial/ethnic demographics and disparities in the report's Background section from pgs 11-15.

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Hilary Harrison

6/22/16 at 12:19pm

I can't disagree and I have concerns:
Please don't lose sight of economic and geographical disparities. This feels like it moves the focus of work away from smaller, not particularly diverse communities. It's concerning, especially since we have such small pools of funders locally.

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

6/30/16 at 5:23pm

Should The Oregon Community Foundation be bolder & nimbler as a public leader and champion for #equity? http://bit.ly/1UxSN3a

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

6/29/16 at 7:42pm

We'd like to thank our board of directors for another fruitful board meeting today in Washington, D.C!

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

6/29/16 at 5:31pm

Vote in our newest #Philamplify poll: Should community foundations connect donors/donor advisors to organizations led by people from underserved communities? bit.ly/295lwlv

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

6/29/16 at 3:20pm

Should The Oregon Community Foundation fund more grassroots organizing and advocacy? Vote & comment! http://bit.ly/1UxSN3a

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

6/29/16 at 9:46am

New ‪‎blog‬ post: Young ‪Black‬ Men & Masculinity: Why We Still Can’t Wait http://bit.ly/294MKsD

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

6/24/16 at 12:16pm

A Call to Action for Philanthropists in the Wake of Orlando http://huff.to/28T9U18 via The Huffington...

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

6/23/16 at 9:37am

‪#‎LA‬ ‪#‎education‬ ‪#‎foundation‬ became a lucrative source of income for University of Southern C...

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

6/22/16 at 1:15pm

NCRP study cites The Oregon Community Foundation's 'mixed' record http://bit.ly/28UmpbX via Portland...

How Philamplify Works

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

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