2014 Events Calendar

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 ield 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.”

Mar. 13, 2014

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.

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Mar. 11, 2014
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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Mar. 11, 2014
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.

Mar. 11, 2014
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!

Mar. 5, 2014

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, 2014
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, 2014
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, 2014
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, 2014
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, 2014
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, 2014
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, 2014
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, 2014
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, 2014
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, 2014
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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