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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Caitlin Duffy

10/22/14 at 9:56am

@philCEP Sorry I tagged the wrong @CEPData! We've been so immersed in #Philamplify research -- great to read yours + get additional insight.

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NCRP

10/22/14 at 8:05am

"#Philamplify is an invaluable contrib to those of us who care deeply abt d health of ... #philanthropy." - Stan Katz http://t.co/4rxJBjEbcu

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Jeanné Isler

10/21/14 at 11:42pm

Why #philamplify says woodruff fdn should diversify investments: "@TIME: Coke earnings slide http://t.co/0B5i4l4esx" @NCRP

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Priscilla Hon

10/21/14 at 6:29pm

Why is #data impt in #philanthropy? Hint: Buckyballs http://t.co/EAt9DcfGv4 @fdncenter #transparency #philanthropyatitsbest #Philamplify

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Stanley N. Katz

10/21/14 at 5:45pm

Philamplify is an invaluable contribution to those of us who care deeply about the health of the field of philanthropy. Most of us recognize that the field has been slow
(reluctant) to engage in either self-criticism or in cross-institutional review. This is one reason why it is hard to define philanthropy as a “profession” – the core essence of professionalism is the establishment of field norms and the mechanisms for assessing compliance with those norms. Some of us have felt for years that philanthropy should attempt to professionalize itself, and Philamplify is one of the few serious attempts to identify neutral norms and to evaluate institutions objectively in accordance with them. The case studies you have published thus far strike me as well-researched, intelligently analyzed, and fair. I am all admiration for what NCRP is doing with this initiative, and I very much hope you will find the resources to carry it forward as an ongoing contribution to the progress of our field.
- Stan Katz, Director, Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies, Princeton University

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NCRP

8/19/14 at 11:19am

Thank you! We agree that effective communication is an important part of learning.

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Guest

8/14/14 at 12:54pm

More communication is always better for continued learning.

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GIFT conference

8/3/14 at 11:55am

Woodruff should have a listening session to hear from as many people as possible so that they can get a sense of who needs to comprise diverse voices in their decision making.

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

10/22/14 at 12:54pm

Thanks to everyone who joined us at last night's Philanthropy Leadership Dinner during the Council on Foundations's Community Foundations conference. Special thanks to The Cleveland Foundation and Tides for co-hosting the dinner. #CF100 #Philanthropy

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

10/22/14 at 8:30am

Princeton's Stan Katz says this of #Philamplify: "Philamplify is an invaluable contribution to those of us who care deeply about the health of the field of philanthropy. Most of us recognize that the field has been slow (reluctant) to engage in either self-criticism or in cross-institutional review. ..." Keep reading! #philanthropy #nonprofits #honestfeedback

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

10/21/14 at 8:00pm

Don't miss this! RSVP for the FREE webinar now! Oct 23, 2PM ET: http://www.ncrp.org/events#FreedomFunders Featuring: Judith Browne-Dianis of Advancement Project (DC), Colin Greer of New World Foundation, Gara LaMarche of Democracy Alliance and NCRP's Jeanné Isler.

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

10/20/14 at 8:00am

“As The California Endowment continues its efforts to bring quality, affordable healthcare to Californians, I am confident it will consider all recommendations to improve its community impact. I thank the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy for its important work on this matter.” - Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-13th Congressional District) Read our assessment here: http://philamplify.org/assessment/california-endowment/ #Philamplify #philanthropy #healthcare #health4all #California

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

10/22/14 at 8:30am

Princeton's Stan Katz says this of ‪#‎Philamplify‬: "Philamplify is an invaluable contribution to those...

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

10/21/14 at 4:36pm

Don't miss this! RSVP for the FREE webinar now! Oct 23, 2PM ET: http://bit.ly/1zjDYMO Featuring: Judith...

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

10/20/14 at 5:35pm

Because foundations are not answerable to their grantees, intended beneficiaries, peers, the media or...

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National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

10/17/14 at 11:45am

Good question. What could foundation do about this? ‪#‎philanthropy‬ ‪#‎nonprofits‬ ‪#‎civilrights‬...

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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