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

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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Jill Poklemba

5/25/16 at 11:15am

@DuffyInDC @WRAGPrez TY 4 response! Would love 2 know your thoughts @lvpre. Maybe this Q could be addressed at future #Philamplify forum?

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Jill Poklemba

5/21/16 at 5:48pm

RT @DuffyInDC: What inhibits you from having honest, #CourageousConvos w/ funders? #ANPECon2016 #Philamplify https://t.co/nVvEP9TY2n

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Jill Poklemba

5/21/16 at 5:48pm

RT @DuffyInDC: Why is it important to provide honest feedback to funders? #ANPECon2016 #Philamplify #CourageousConvos https://t.co/oQjPxH2d…

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Jill Poklemba

5/21/16 at 5:45pm

RT @NCRP: Hitting the ‘Sweet Spot’ with Resident-Led Advocacy and Organizing https://t.co/bOVdfrqtOK #Philamplify @masanyorg https://t.co/q…

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Guest

5/9/16 at 4:43pm

This foundation is undergoing significant change (new CEO, new board chair) as it heads into its next century and about to start a strategic plan.

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Guest

5/9/16 at 4:30pm

The Boston Foundation (TBF) once was a perceived leader among other large community foundations in the US for its policy of channeling resources to community-based organizations working to empower emerging leaders in Boston's communities of color and for policy change benefiting the lives of its many low income residents and neighborhoods. TBF seemingly has abandoned this approach in favor of promoting its own role as a "civic leader," most notably as the key policy and PR champion of charter school expansion not only in Boston but throughout Massachusetts. The TBF board, that once included representatives of community constituencies, now appears to be dominated by people from financial institutions and other successful economic sectors such as real estate.

This change of strategy may have strengthened the Foundation’s ability to attract funds from community elites but has left it with no apparent "equity" or social/economic justice framework for its grant making -- this in the city with the greatest income disparity of all US cities. Many Boston area organizations that once had an "open door" to engage with Foundation staff and board members about community needs and community-led solutions now find the door closed and dialogue impossible.

I would be glad to participate in preliminary research that would determine whether this view of the Foundation (which I also hold) is well-founded. If so, I think it would be a great service to the people of Boston for TBF to be "philamthropied."

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Kristen Golden

2/5/16 at 12:41pm

Philamplify’s foundation assessments are an exceptional resource for development professionals--offering unprecedented access, thoughtful analysis, and explicit feedback--invaluable for evaluating prospective funders.

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Guest

12/10/15 at 11:03am

They are at a critical period so it would either make sense to do it now while the foundation is shifting, if you want to influence them, or you could wait until the dust has settled, but if you do, it may be awhile before they make anymore changes.

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

5/29/16 at 4:53pm

Why is real strategic #philanthropy equal to #socialjustice philanthropy? http://bit.ly/WbxdHW

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

5/28/16 at 7:55pm

Why should your #foundation become a #PhilanthropysPromise signatory? http://bit.ly/1qnUER9

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

5/27/16 at 6:00pm

Peter Thiel calls it “philanthropy”: Going after someone you don’t like isn’t a public service http://bit.ly/1Rx8Hsv via Salon

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

5/27/16 at 3:55pm

RSVP for our FREE webinar on funding #transgender communities! bit.ly/1Rx4aXe Funders for LGBTQ Issues Third Wave Fund Transgender Law Center Ms. Foundation for Women

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

5/26/16 at 10:09am

New ‪blog‬ post: Farewell to Niki Jagpal http://bit.ly/1WmdSDF

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

5/24/16 at 12:11pm

Native Voices Rising: Critical Leadership in Institutional #Philanthropy http://bit.ly/1OLg8g7

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

5/24/16 at 9:44am

New blog post: Selma: From Civil War to Civil Rights http://bit.ly/1WfqDzO

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

5/20/16 at 1:57pm

Join Us on the Leading Edge of Social Change http://bit.ly/1Xf9LIy

How Philamplify Works

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

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