2014 Events Calendar

December 9-11
Washington, DC

Funders Committee for Civic Participation
2014 Winter Convening: America 2030 – Strategic Foresight for Tomorrow’s Democracy

Field director Jeanné Isler and senior fellow Dan Petegorsky will represent NCRP at this convening of philanthropic leaders who seek to promote civic participation as they examine the Midterm Elections and conduct planning around the future opportunities for civic participation in our society.

December 9
2:30 - 3:30 PM ET

Embracing Leadership: Cultivating Relationships for Social Change

Foundations have the potential for profound impact on social justice. During this webinar, our speakers will discuss on how cultivating relationships is indispensable to social justice grantmaking. We will go over strategies for building effective relationships and look at how one foundation forged bonds with community leaders, nonprofit organizations and other grantmakers to boost the impact of its grantmaking strategy.

Join our speakers in sharing examples and ideas about effective (and ineffective) ways to cultivate relationships among various stakeholders.

Use the #ncrpchat and #buildrelationships hashtags on Twitter to engage with the panelists and other attendees, including @garciaashley and @WoodsFundChi.

Featured Speakers:

  • Ana Garcia-Ashley, Executive Director, The Gamaliel Foundation
  • Casey Cook, Executive Director, The Bread and Roses Community Fund
  • Grace Hou, President, Woods Fund of Chicago and 2013 NCRP Impact Awardee

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December 2
Washington, DC

Nexus USA Youth Summit

Field Director Jeanné Isler will present at this convening of Nexus, a community of next-generation philanthropists, about grantmaking to combat systemic inequities in education. She will draw from NCRP's high impact strategies for education philanthropy report.

Learn more about the event

December 2
Buffalo, NY

Western New York Grantmakers Association
Annual Meeting

Executive director Aaron Dorfman will discuss key conversations that every foundation president and trustee should have when determining their grantmaking strategy. He will draw from the Ethics chapter of NCRP's core publication: Criteria for Philanthropy at Its Best.

November 16-18
Seattle, WA
Independent Sector
2014 National Conference: Imagine

Are you a nonprofit leader who wants foundations to give more general operating support, multi-year support, support to serve and empower communities and fewer burdensome grant applications and evaluation forms? In 2009, NCRP published Criteria for Philanthropy At Its Best, which lays out 10 practices NCRP's nonprofit members appreciate from foundations. Almost six years later, we want to ask nonprofits if they still agree, or if they have new ideas about how NCRP can help. Join us!

November 13-15
Dallas, TX

Facing Race
Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation

Field Director Jeanné Isler and Research and Policy Director Niki Jagpal will represent NCRP at this unique collaborative space for racial justice movement-making. "Facing Race is the largest multiracial, inter-generational gathering for organizers, educators, creatives and other leaders."

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November 12-14
New Orleans, LA

Southeastern Council on Foundations
45th Annual Meeting and Conference

Executive director Aaron Dorfman will join Flozell Daniels, president and CEO of the Foundation for Louisiana, along with two investees of the Foundation for Louisiana. They will discuss approaches to mission investing and program related investing.

October 30 - November 1
Washington, DC

Exponent Philanthropy
Session: Politics & Philanthropy: The Here and Now

2014 National Conference
Oct 30, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm ET

Executive director Aaron Dorfman will join Diana Aviv, Jonathan Greenblatt and Stacy Palmer in presenting, "Politics & Philanthropy: The Here and Now." Aaron will discuss how the policy landscape evolves constantly, as does the relationship among philanthropy, nonprofits and government. What is the current landscape of laws, tax benefits and funding– and their implications for philanthropy? How can donors and foundations enrich the landscape with knowledge, data, experience, and impact?

October 23

Freedom Funders Then and Now: What Lessons Foundation Can Learn from Philanthropy During the Civil Rights Movement

During the civil rights movement, four foundations played an important role in funding the organizations driving social change. Because of their support and partnership, these foundations set an important precedent for philanthropy to support grassroots social justice organizations and achieve transformational change. Join us as we explore lessons from these change agents and apply them to important social justice issues of our time, such as ending discrimination and environmental injustice, securing a living wage and protecting voting rights.

Use the #ncrpchat and #FreedomFunders hashtags on Twitter to engage with the panelists and other attendees.


  • Judith Browne Dianis, Co-Director, Advancement Project
  • Colin Greer, President, New World Foundation
  • Jeanne Isler, Field Director, NCRP (moderator)
  • Gara LaMarche, President, Democracy Alliance & NCRP Board Member

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October 22-24
Miami, FL

Grantmakers for Education
Annual Conference: Education on a Global Stage: Advancing Opportunity for All Learners

Executive Director Aaron Dorfman will join Joe Scantlebury, senior program officer for U.S. Program Advocacy at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, in the session "Equity & Education Reform: Capacity Building with Partners of Color." They will discuss NCRP's new publication, Freedom Funders: Philanthropy and the Civil Rights Movement, 1955-1965. This deep dive invites participants to explore the benefits of inclusive partnerships with stakeholders of color. In 2010, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation establihsed a Civil Rights & Equity Organization portfolio to build its partnerships with equity advocates and stakeholders of color. This session invites participants to explore lessons learned by the foundation and its partners about inclusion vs. diversity grantmaking and strategic partnership. It will also feature a reflection upon philanthropy's civil rights potential.

October 20-22
Cleveland, OH

Council on Foundations
Community Foundation Conference: Centennial Celebration of Community Foundations

Executive director Aaron Dorfman, research and policy director Niki Jagpal, field director Jeanné Isler and senior field associate Christine Reeves will join community foundation leaders from across the country. They will promote NCRP’s latest project, Philamplify.

October 15-17
Detroit, MI

Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families
Annual Conference: Strong Places, Strong People

Executive director Aaron Dorfman will be joined by NCRP board chair and Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation president Sherece West-Scantleburry, as well as NCRP board member and Gamaliel executive director Ana Garcia-Ashley. They will present on the topic of “7 Place-Based Studies: How Grantmakers Leverage Dollars for Children & Families,” drawing from NCRP’s Grantmaking for Community Impact Project.

October 12-15
Houston, TX

Grantmakers in the Arts
Houston, TX Annual Conference: A Collaboration of New Ideas

Executive director Aaron Dorfman will join Edwin Torres from The Rockefeller Foundation and Melanie Brown from The Heinz Endowments for a presentation on “How Five Arts & Culture Funders are Smashing Silos.” They will draw from examples in the field as well as the NCRP publication: Smashing Silos: Multi-Issue Advocacy and Organizing for Real Results.

October 2

Amlifying Philamplify: Sector Reactions and Visions for Impact

During the past few years, there has been a growing movement for knowledge-sharing and transparency in philanthropy. Many in the sector agree on the importance of getting honest feedback from stakeholders to promote effective, strategic and just philanthropic practices.

Join us in an interactive webinar where we will discuss Philamplify, NCRP's new initiative to maximize the impact of grantmaker giving by combining expert assessments and community feedback. offers a convenient and user-friendly space where people who are traditionally unheard in philanthropy – members of the nonprofit community, issue experts, community members and others – can weigh in about foundation practices.

Be a part of the conversation. A panel of experts will discuss their reactions to Philamplify, their hopes for its future and their critiques of its model. We will discuss how foundations that have gone through the assessment felt about the experience and how they are incorporating Philamplify recommendations to boost impact.


  • Pablo Eisenberg, Senior Fellow, Georgetown Public Policy Institute
  • Ruth McCambridge, President and Editor-in-Chief, Nonprofit Quarterly
  • Lisa Ranghelli, Director of Foundation Assessment, NCRP
  • Sherece West-Scantlebury, President & CEO, Winthropy Rockefeller Foundation

Use the #ncrpchat and #Philamplify hashtags on Twitter to engage with the panelists and other attendees.

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September 30-October 1
Detroit, MI


Strong Sector Grantee Convening
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

NCRP's Field Director Jeanné Isler and Research and Policy Director Niki Jagpal will join other W.K. Kellogg Foundation grantees to learn and discuss challenges and opportunities in our sector. The meeting will provide an chance for national and place-based infrastructure grantees to discuss their work and share how they are progressing on issues such as policy, stakeholder/community engagement, diversity and inclusiveness, and leadership development for the sector. We plan to hear about preliminary lessons learned from the foundaton's evaluation, share insights and expertise across grantees, and think about next steps for nonprofits focused on building the infrastructure of the nonprofit and philanthropic communities.

September 24-25
Washington, DC

Asian Americans Advancing Justice
2014 Advancing Justice Conference

NCRP Research and Policy Director Niki Jagpal will speak on a panel with Geri Mannion, program director at the Carnegie Corporation's U.S. Democracy and Special Opportunities Fund (National Program) and Wendy Patten, senior policy analyst at the Open Society Foundations. Ms. Jagpal will present lessons learned from Freedom Funders at a session titled "Crisis Philanthropy." This interactive session will cover challenges that urgent problems present for nonprofits and funders and offer ways for both groups to better respond to unanticipated events.

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September 21-23
Atlanta, GA

Grantee Convening
Marguerite Casey Foundation

NCRP's Field Director Jeanné Isler and Development Assistant Ryan Schlegel will join other Marguerite Casey grantees to learn and discuss challenges and opportunities in our sector.

September 18-20
Boston, MA

Boston College Law School
Convention on Promotion of Meaningful Reform in Philanthropy

Executive director Aaron Dorfman will join academics and practitioners in this special conversation, which will close with a keynote address by American historian Stanley Katz, Katz specializes in American consitutional history and the history of philanthropy, and is director of the Princeton University Centerr for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies and director emeritus of the American Council of Learned Societies.

September 10
Washington, DC

Strategic Planning Session
National Legal Aid and Defender Association

NCRP Research and Policy Director Niki Jagpal will speak on a panel with Michael Leachman, director of state fiscal research with the State Fiscal Policy division of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and Joy Moses, former senior policy analyst for poverty and prosperity at the Center for American Progress. Ms. Jagpal will present on current trends in philanthropy and the need for systems change to help formerly-incarcerated and lower-income defendants seeking legal aid acquire the representation that they are due. This discussion will inform NLADA's strategic planning process.

September 8-10
Aspen, CO
Neighborhood Funders' Group & The Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions
Towards a Better Place: A Conversation About Promising Practice in Place Based Philanthropy

Senior field associate Christine Reeves will join place-based foundation leaders for a session about practical, holisitc ways foundations can design philanthropic strategies that include both grants and endowment investments that align with the mission of the grants. Christine will draw on NCRP’s Grantmaking for Community Impact Project and NCRP’s Winter Responsive Philanthropy publication on Mission Investing.

August 2-3
Baltimore, MD

GIFT: Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training
Money for Our Movements Conference

Field director Jeanné Isler and director of foundation assessments Lisa Ranghelli will meet with nonprofit leaders and share information about NCRP's newest project, Philamplify.

July 28-30
San Diego, CA

Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers
Annual Conference

Field director Jeanné Isler will attend this convening of regional association staff, including Trista Harris, NCRP board member and president of the Minnesota Coucil on Foundations.

July 24
Chicago, IL

Donors Forum of Chicago and Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy
Philanthropy in a Democracy

Senior field associate Christine Reeves will join Regina McGraw, president of the Wieboldt Foundation, to discuss their article: "Democratic Philanthropy: A New Perspective in Funding."

July 20-23
Los Angeles, CA

National Council on La Raza
National Conference

Field director Jeanné Isler will attend the National Council on La Raza's annual conference and connect with leaders in the field.

June 20
Chicago, IL

Donors Forum of Chicago
40th Annual Luncheon

Field director Jeanné Isler will attend this event with philanthropic leaders.

June 9
Washington, DC

NCRP Impact Awards
Conference on Foundations

During a reception, NCRP will honor four foundations that joined Philanthropy's Promise. Each foundation does tremendous work and yields a tremendous impact.

June 7
Washington, DC

JAG Unity Summit
First Summit

Senior field associate Christine Reeves will give a presentation about philanthropy in a democracy, along with her counterparts in the federal government (representing the Department of Labor and the Department of Housing and Urban Development).

June 3
Chicago, IL

Axel Center
2014 Annual Symposium for Nonprofit Professional and Volunteers

At the closing plenary, executive director Aaron Dorfman will introduce NCRP Impact Awardee Peter Buffer, co-president of the NoVo Foundation.

May 13-15
Minneapolis, MN

Annual Conference

Senior field associate Christine Reeves gave a presentation with philanthropic colleagues on the topic of mission investing and NCRP's Special Winter Edition Responsive Philanthropy publication.

May 10, 2014
Boston, MA

The Art & Science of Philanthropy
National Center on Family Philanthropy & Youth Philanthropy Connect

Senior field associate Christine Reeves will lead a session about the tangible and intangible strategies in philanthropy—both quantitative data and qualitative storytelling. She will share some examples from her work across the country. Then, she will lead a discussion with youth family philanthropists.

Mar. 18, 2014
New York, NY

Philanthropy Versus Wlfare State
Consulate General of France

934 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10021
(btw. 74th and 75th Streets)

Join NCRP's Aaron Dorfman and Guy Sorman, a leading French intellectual and author, for a lively discussion about philanthropy and the welfare state, and how each can best play a role in serving the common good.

The check-in will begin at 6:15 pm, and the conference will begin at 6:45 pm sharp. As a courtesy to the speakers, we unfortunately cannot accept any latecomers. Please RSVP to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Mar. 18, 2014
San Diego, CA

Smashing Silos
Grant Managers Network

Kevin Laskowski, NCRP’s senior research and policy associate, will share NCRP’s newest report “Smashing Silos” with grants managers.

Mar. 18, 2014
Chicago, IL

Philanthropy in a Democracy
Donors Forum of Chicago

Senior field associate Christine Reeves will be featured as a panelist during the Donors Forum’s Annual Member Breakfast. She will bring up ideas from her article, “Democratic Philanthropy: A New Perspective on Funding.”

March 13

Breakthrough Philanthropy: Providing Leadership to Move Policy
Alliance for Justice

Philanthropy has an opportunity to be a major force in helping to circumvent our country's political gridlock and increased economic challenges. Hear how grantmakers can energize our democracy by increasing public participation in policy decisions to serve the common good.


  • Nan Aron, AFJ - Will present the current challenge to philanthropy and moderate the discussion
  • Aaron Dorfman, NCRP - Will provide a brief overview of the philanthropic sector's current commitment to policy work and civic engagement and offer "Five Strategic Tips for Effective Advocacy Grantmaking."
  • Larry Kramer, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation - Will share his organization's view on the connection between a healthy political process and nonprofit engagement and their work to "break through" the gridlock.
  • Abby Levine, AFJ - Will explain how the IRS gives foundations – private as well as public – ample room to support policy advocacy and offer resources for staying in compliance with the rules as well as for grantees' capacity to be successful.

Register now

March 11
Los Angeles, CA

Philanthropy's Promise Cocktail Hour
NCRP, sponsored by Marguerite Casey Foundation and Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock

Are you attending the Grantmakers for Effective Organizations conference? Then join us as we celebrate the 175 foundations that have signed on to Philanthropy's Promise. It's also an opportunity to learn more about this exciting movement in philanthropy and consider joining. Full bar and hors d'oeuvres will be provided. The speaking program will be very short, we promise!

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March 11
Los Angeles, CA

Ingredients for Impact: Foundations Building Nonprofit Capacity & Real Results
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations

Not all grants are created equal. It may not be a popular idea, but deep down, we all know it’s true. Some approaches to philanthropy build nonprofit capacity and leverage limited foundation dollars to achieve sustainable, lasting and real results for marginalized communities. In this highly interactive session with NCRP executive director Aaron Dorfman will join Daniel Lee, NCRP board member and executive director of the Levi Strauss Foundation, and Christina Livingston, executive director of the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, there are no prepared speeches! REPEAT, NO PREPARED SPEECHES! Instead, attendees will receive a menu of proven philanthropic strategies and then vote on which ones they want the speakers to explore. In response, the expert speakers will ensure a rich, honest and multi-sided discussion about the strategies that get the most votes. We’ll close with a small-group discussion and then a fun homework assignment, which will help participants brainstorm their foundations’ biggest successes and challenges, as well as how to take action in the short-term and long-term.

March 11
Los Angeles, CA

Would Gandhi, Chavez or King Get a Grant Today?
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations

Senior field associate Christine Reeves will join Rev. Zachary Hoover, executive director of LA-VOICE, and Edgar Villanueva, program officer at Margaret Casey Foundation. Imagine Dr. King completing a 17-page grant proposal, or Gandhi and Chavez hosting foundation site visits. What kind of relationship would they have wanted with foundations, and how would they have liked foundations to champion modern leaders? Today, foundations feel pressure to measure and evaluate the impact of their grantees’ work. As a result, is philanthropy becoming the new math? Sometimes measurement and evaluation is good, but are we sometimes squeezing square pegs into round holes? Let’s ensure that evaluation isn’t the goal but rather one means of helping grantees and communities thrive. Let’s create environments for grantees to give honest feedback and be true partners (without grantees fearing loss of funding). Come learn strategies and discuss ideas for thoughtfully approaching evaluation and genuine partnership-building. We will also have a fun, hands-on activity that you’ll want to share with your colleagues back home!

March 5

PuttingYour Money Where Your Mouth Is: Leveraging impact through mission investing

Foundations control more than $700 billion in assets. What are they doing, beyond the 4 or 5 percent given out as grants each year, to leverage the power of those assets in pursuit of their missions? NCRP recently released a special edition of our quarterly journal, Responsive Philanthropy, entirely focused on mission investing. During the webinar, panelists will expand upon the Responsive Philanthropy articles to address:

  • How foundations can begin to engage in mission investing.
  • What are board of trustees’ initial and ongoing roles.
  • What tools are available to help foundations align investments with missions.
  • What challenges they faced and how they overcame these challenges in mission investing.
  • And so much more!

Featured speakers:

  • Victor De Luca, President, Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation
  • Adelaide Gomer, Board of Trustees President, Park Foundation
  • Jon Jensen, Executive Director, Park Foundation

We will begin the webinar with an NCRP-moderated Q&A, then attendees will be encouraged to ask their own questions.

View the webinar recording now.

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Feb. 27
New York, NY

Social Justice Philanthropy
New York University

Aaron Dorfman, NCRP’s executive director, will speak to NYU grad students about the importance of social justice philanthropy and where we go from here.

Feb. 19
Washington, DC

Democratic Philanthropy: A Different Perspective on Funding
Literacy Funders Network

Senior field associate Christine Reeves will join Susan Hoechstetter, senior advisor for foundation advocacy and evaluation at the Alliance for Justice in discussions about how philanthropy can incorporate more democratic principles and strategies that, in turn, improve nonprofit-funder relationships and yield greater impact. They will talk about applications of democratic philanthropy, which include advocacy. Sue will give details about the rules and tools of funding advocacy.

Feb. 18,
Washington, DC

Smashing Silos
Literacy Funders Network

Senior research and policy associate Kevin Laskowski will join Frank Ridzi, director of research and community initiatives at Central New York Community Foundation. Working together to achieve collective impact has been an increasingly popular theme within government, nonprofits and the field of philanthropy. This session explores recent research on the benefits of collaborating across institutional silos in terms of enhanced social capital or “civic muscle”. Presenters will examine the relationship between community social capital and ability to launch initiatives designed to address community problems. They will also examine the benefits of multi-issue advocacy as a way to reach out across silos and involve greater participation to address complex community challenges.

Feb. 4
Santa Fe, NM

Confluence Philanthropy Conference

Mission-Related Investing 101: MRI vs PRI and The Duty of Fiduciaries

Senior field associate Christine Reeves will join Melanie Audette, education and training manager at Mission Investors Exchange, Cynthia Muller, director of impact investing at Arabella Advisors and Steve Viederman, former president of Needmor Fund for a two pronged skills-building training session. First, they will delve into fiduciary responsibilities that are tied to impact investing. Then, they will discuss two forms of impact investing: MRIs and PRIs. Christine will share several resources, including NCRP’s latest publication on Mission Investing.

Jan. 25
St. Louis, MO

Profiles of Exemplary Social Justice Grantmakers
Deaconess Foundation Board Meeting

Executive director Aaron Dorfman will highlight the work of six exemplary foundations and share how they approach social justice philanthropy.

Jan. 24
St. Louis, MO

Leverage: How Foundations are Seeing Impressive Results by Funding Policy
Deaconess Foundation Board Meeting

Advocacy, Community Organizing and Civic Engagement

Executive director Aaron Dorfman will discuss the Grantmaking for Community Impact Project, which highlights the importance of funding advocacy, organizing and civic engagement that champions social justice.

Jan. 24
Washington, DC

Foundation Support for Social Justice: Opportunities and Challenges
So Others May Eat (SOME)

Senior field associate Christine Reeves and Ria Pugeda, program officer at the Consumer Health Foundation, will discuss how nonprofits can more successfully seek social justice funding from foundations and encourage foundations to grow the size of the social justice funding pie.

Jan. 24-25
Washington, DC

Service to Justice Conference
DC Fair Budget Coalition

Senior field associate Christine Reeves and Ria Pugeda, program officer at the Consumer Health Foundation, will engage nonprofit leaders in a session on making the case to grantmakers to funding social justice, advocacy, civic engagement and community organizing.

Learn more about the Service to Justice Conference.

Register here!

Jan. 15
Miami, FL

Leverage: How Foundations are Seeing Impressive Results by Funding Policy Advocacy, Community Organizing and Civic Engagement
Catalyst Miami & The University of Miami

Executive director Aaron Dorfman joined Leonard Turkel, executive director of the Nonprofit Network in a discussion about the importance of funding strategies of advocacy, organizing, and civic engagement.

Jan. 6
Washington, DC

Philanthropy Careers
Duke University, Public Policy’s Public Policy Event

Senior field associate Christine Reeves joined Emily Wexler, project specialist at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, on a career panel for Duke Public Policy graduate students. They discussed career opportunities in the nonprofit sector and, more specifically, in philanthropy. They also discussed trends in the field and how to use a social justice lens when approaching the work.

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