Responsive Philanthropy Article Archive

Responsive Philanthropy features articles from guest contributors and NCRP staff on critical issues in philanthropy today.

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Summer 2016

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Tackling racial justice: Why, how and so what? The story of one group of local grantmakers by Tamara Lucas Copeland 

For the Surdna Foundation, communities should define their futures by William Cordery

Building an inclusive community-centered evaluation program by Robert Sturm and Lee Francis IV

Member Spotlight: Public Welfare Foundation

Spring 2016

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Join us on the leading edge of social change by Roz Lee

Why U.S. foundations should take the global Sustainable Development Goals seriously by Ed Cain

How national foundations can support state-level policy and civic engagement: A Q&A with Geri Mannion by Yna C. Moore

Learning what worked to support women and the community organizations that served them by Erin McDonald & Elizabeth James

Member Spotlight: National Housing Resources Center

Winter 2015/16

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Systems Change in the Yakima Valley by George Cheung, EJ Juárez and Kristina Logsdon

How Integrated Voter Engagement Builds Power and Changes Policy by Kristee Paschall

Democracy Is the Best Theory of Change by Steve Phillips

Control, Disruption and Democracy: Philanthropy’s Role in Inclusive Civic Engagement by Gara LaMarche

Philanthropy Advocacy Playbook

Are You on the Map?

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Member Spotlight: Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund

Fall 2015

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Building the Road to Belonging: Three Ways Philanthropy Can Help End Mass Criminalization by Connie Cagampang Heller and Alexander Saingchin

Interview with LaTosha Brown: The South and Criminal Justice Reform by Niki Jagpal

The School-to-Prison Pipeline’s Role in Criminal Justice Reform by Kyle Bacon

Why We Must Divest from Mass Incarceration by Janay Richmond

Moving Money, Making Change: Funding the Movement for Black Lives by Amoretta Morris

A Resource Guide on Criminal Justice Funders

Key Terms for Understanding Criminal Justice Reform

Member Spotlight: Faith in Florida

Summer 2015

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Philanthropy's Response to Katrina: A 10-Year Perspective by G. Albert Ruesga

Going Further Together: Collective Learning for Impact by Douglas Bitonti Stewart

Shortcomings of Modern Strategic Philanthropy and How to Overcome Them by Henry A.J. Ramos

Member Spotlight: Ford Foundation

Spring 2015

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Implicit Bias and Its Role in Philanthropy and Grantmaking by john a. powell

Implicit Bias and Native Americans: Philanthropy's Hidden Minority by Crystal Echo Hawk

Gender Norms: The Missing Part of Gender Equity Philanthropy by Riki Wilchins

A More Progressive Approach: Recognising the Role of Implicit Bias in Institutional Racism by DeAngelo Bester

Member Spotlight: Asian Pacific Community in Action (APCA)

Additional Resources for Foundations Interested in Addressing Implicit Bias

Winter 2014/5

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Lessons for Philanthropy from the Success of California's Immigrant Rights Movement by Cathy Cha

From Grassroots to Executive Action: Reflections on Immigration Reform by Deepak Bhargava

A Briefing for Foundations on Pioneering Nonprofit Leadership by Daniel Lee

Relational Capacity: A New Approach to Capacity Building in Philanthropy by Chris Cardona, Julie Simpson and Jared Raynor

Member Spotlight: Marguerite Casey Foundation

Fall 2014

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Co-Creating Movement Metrics that Matter: Resources, Relfection and the Right Data by Jennifer Ito

Maximizing Collaborative Power: Lessons from Communities for Public Education Reform by Melinda Fine and Lauren Jacobs

Earned Income Strategies as a Path to Finance Growth and Innovation by Spence Limbocker

Member Spotlight: TASH

Summer 2014

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Organizing for Educational Justice: Parents, Students and Labor Join Forces to Reclaim Public Education by Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools

The Ben & Jerry's Foundation: Maximizing Impact Through Employee-Led Philanthropy by Rebecca Golden

Of Data, Impact and Buckyballs in Philanthropy by Larry McGill

Member Spotlight: Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock

Spring 2014

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Beyond Collaboration: Bringing Strategic Thinking to Long-Term Alliance Building by George Goehl

CPSD's Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage for Disabled Workers by Allison Wohl

Its How, Not Whether: Issue Campaigns Can Help or Hurt by Charlie Bernstein

A Lesson in Feminine Norms: Why Philanthropy Matters to Educational Outcomes by Riki Wilchins

Member Spotlight: The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Winter 2013/14

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Improving the Planet and Walking the Talk: Park Foundation's Engagement with Mission-Related Investing by Park Foundation

Blending Mission, Values, Fiduciary Duty and Investments by Timothy Smith

Pushing the Envelope: Expanding the Limits of Mission Investing by Peter Berliner and David Wood

Leveraging Impact With Catalytic First-Loss Capital by Amit Bouri and Abhilash Mudaliar

Pooled Funds: The Invisible Wall Standing Between Your Foundation and True Mission Alignment by Dana Lanza and Sarah DeNicola

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Fall 2013



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Engage. Listen. Connect. Support: Building Mutual-Benefit Relationships Among Funders and Emerging Leaders By Gayle Williams

Free(ing) Data: Philanthropy's Essential Role in Disclosure and Democracy By Edwin Bender

Philanthropy: Beyond Business or Charity By Lori Bezahler

Democratic Philanthropy: A Different Perspective on Funding By Regina McGraw and Christine Reeves

Member Spotlight: Native American Rights Fund

Summer 2013


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COF 2.0: Is This What the Field of Philanthropy Really Needs? by Doug Bauer

A Region at the Crossroads: Why Grantmakers Need to Prioritizie Investments for Structurual Change in the South by Lavastian Glenn

Transformative Philanthropy: Supporting Institution-Based Community Organizing by Molly Schultz Hafid and Kathy Partridge

Standard Prescription for Philanthropic ADD by Kevin Laskowski

Member Spotlight: Blue Shield of California Foundation

Spring 2013

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Changing the Culture of Philanthropy in Michigan: From Audacious Beginnings to Real Results by Vicki Rosenberg

How Underfunded Native Nonprofits Beat the Odds to Protect Water Rights by Lisa Ranghelli

Building Bridges: The Power of Multi-Issue Advocacy and Organizing by Niki Jagpal

Member Spotlight: National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC)

Winter 2012-13


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Supporting Litigation and Legal Advocacy: The Lessons of Citizens United By John F. Kowal

What America Needs Now from Foundations By Aaron Dorfman

Challenge and Hope: Philanthropy and Community Democracy By Peter Pennekamp and Anne Focke

Boosting Philanthropic Impact Through Mission Investments By Tracy Kartye

Member Spotlight: Bauman Foundation

Fall 2012

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Responsive Philanthropy in Black Communities by Karen Kelley-Ariwoola

Specialist or Generalist: A False Dichotomy by Christine Doby and Christine Reeves

Bolder Together: Collaboration to Strengthen Civic Engagement Capacity in California by Mary Manuel

Member Spotlight: Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)

Summer 2012

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Redirecting International Environmental Grantmaking by Terry Odendahl and Peter Kostishack

Community Foundations as Parters in the Public Policy Process: What It Takes by Deborah A. Ellwood

5 Principles of Global Feminist Philanthropy by Kellea Miller and Caitlin Stanton with Esther Lever

First Relationships. Then Results. by Stefan Lanfer

Member Spotlight: Consumer Health Foundation

Spring 2012

Full issue: Spring 2012

Towards Transformative Change in Health Care: An Update by Terri Langston and Jennifer Ng'andu

Lessons for Grantmakers from the Battle for Health Care Reform by Sean Dobson

How to Change Behavior in Philanthropy: Factors and Barriers that Influence Foundation Practices by Spence Limbocker

Member Spotlight: National Council of La Raza

Winter 2011-12

Full issue: Winter 2011-12

New Constituencies for the Environment: A Case Study by Danielle Deane

Philanthropy Makes Amends? Bad Boys, Generosity and Absolution (and When to Take Their Name Off the Building)
by Jon Pratt

Philanthropy and Inequality: What’s the Relationship? by Kevin Laskowski

The Funding Exchange Model of Grantmaking by Barbara Heisler

Member Spotlight: The California Endowment by Meredith Brodbeck

Fall 2011

Full issue: Fall 2011

Under the Big Top by Neil Donovan

Maximizing the Impact and Amplifying the Voice of Philanthropy by David Wertheimer

Who Doesn't Get to Vote Should Matter to Philanthropy by Niki Jagpal

Breaking the Wall Between Funding Direct Services and Advocacy by Kathleen Baca and Cheryl Molloy, and Chris Crothers

Member Spotlight: Appleseed Network by Meredith Brodbeck

Summer 2011

Full Issue: Summer 2011

Foundation-Nonprofit Partnerships: Fact or Fiction? by Jan Masaoka

The Power of "We": A Journey through Collaboration by Frank Baiocchi

Why Sign On to Philanthropy's Promise?

Improving the Social Utility of Philanthropic Investments by David Wood

Member Spotlight: Tides Foundation by Meredith Brodbeck

Spring 2011

Full Issue: Spring 2011

Philanthropy's Blind Spot: The Disability Rights Movement (.pdf)
Philanthropy's Blind Spot: The Disability Rights Movement (.doc) by Jim Dickson

In the Limelight Again: Why Labor Unions Matter to Philanthropy by Lisa Ranghelli

Advancing Transparency in Philanthropy - An interview with Janet Camarena

What Philanthropy Can Learn from Bankers about General Support and Multi-Year Grants by Sean Dobson

Member Spotlight: National People's Action by Meredith Brodbeck

Winter 2010/2011

Full issue: Winter 2010/2011

A User's Guide to NCRP's Criteria for Philanthropy at Its Best by Daniel Jae-Won Lee

Building Capacity of Nonprofits to Better Serve Older Adults by Mary O’Donnell

Bringing Nonprofit Advocacy Rules and Culture into the 21st Century by Larry Ottinger

Accelerating the Movement to Transform Philanthropy by Diane Feeney and Aaron Dorfman

Member Spotlight: Mertz Gilmore Foundation by Meredith Brodbeck

Fall 2010
Full issue: Fall 2010

Small Foundation, Big Impact
an interview with Mitchell and Freada Kapor

Wanted: Better Evaluation Practices for a Better Philanthropy by Steven E. Mayer
Summer 2010
Full issue: Summer 2010

"It ain't what you do, it's the way you do it." by Kavita Ramdas

Our Journey Towards Board Diversity by Sherry Magill

Healing America: A Funder's Commitment to Racial Equity by Gail Christopher

Member Spotlight: Human Services Coalition by Meredith Brodbeck

Spring 2010
Full issue: Spring 2010

Advancing Justice to Build Better Communities: Why More Foundations Should Fund Criminal Justice Reforms by Ann Beeson

4/29: Revisiting the Legacy of Civil Unrest in Los Angeles Eighteen Years Later by Lisa Ranghelli

Soothing the Pain Points in Grant Reporting by Michelle Greanias

Member Spotlight: Edward W. Hazen Foundation by Meredith Brodbeck

Winter 2009/10
Full issue: Winter 2009/10

The Count that Matters: Philanthropy and the 2010 Census by Wade Henderson

Adapting to Changed Times by Kathleen P. Enright

Funding in Indian Country: What is the Tipping Point for Success? by Joy Persall

James E. Canales: On the James Irvine Foundation's Annual Comprehensive Performance Assessment

Member Spotlight: Southern Mutual Help Association by Meredith Brodbeck

Fall 2009
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Are We Making Progress? Reflections on the LGBTQ Movement, Social Justice & Philanthropy by Karen Zelermyer

Struck by the Stars: How the Search for Celebrity CEOs is Undermining Diversity in Philanthropy by Vincent Robinson

Making Progress Toward Increasing Funding for Advocacy, Community Organizing and Civic Engagement by Melissa Johnson

Member Spotlight: PICO National Network by Meredith Brodbeck

Summer 2009
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How Can Philanthropy Navigate the Economic Storm? by Kyle Caldwell

Philanthropy's Commitment to the Common Good by Alison Goldberg

Rethinking the Philanthropic Script: Community Philanthropy, Collective Giving and Giving Circles by Darryl Lester and Athan Lindsay

Greensboro Gathering Highlights Impressive Advocacy Impacts and Return on Investment for Grantmakers by Lisa Ranghelli and Julia Craig

Member Spotlight: The Little Tokyo Service Center by Meredith Brodbeck

Winter 2008/09
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The Economic Crisis: It's Going to Demand More than Grantmaking
by Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D.

Nonprofits Extend a Hand to Foundations by Tim Delaney

Grantmaking for Community Impact Project in New Mexico by Lisa Ranghelli

Project Streamline's Charge: Changing the Grantmaking Status Quo by Michelle Greanis and Taylor Kate Brown

Fall 2008
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Spotlight: Luz Vega-Marquis—Marguerite Casey Foundation Talks About Bringing Families into the Forefront of a National Campaign for Change by Kristina C. Moore

When Taking Risks Pay Off by Cecilia Laiche

Changing the World for All: A New Approach by Niki Jagpal

In Their Own Words: Foundation Trade Association CEOs Brief Their Members on Issues Inside the Beltway by Aaron Dorfman

Summer 2008
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Best and Worst of the COF Summit by Aaron Dorfman
Funding Community Organizing, Changing Lives by Christine A. W. Doby
Spotlight: Gara LaMarche - Atlantic President and CEO Talks About Supporting Advocacy, General Support by Kristina Moore
Is Leadership Denial Feeding the Charitable Sector Crisis? by Gary Snyder
Spring 2008
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Building Constituencies for Progressive Social Change by Cyrus Driver
Serious About Diversity? Measure it. by Aaron Dorfman
Spotlight: Rip Rapson - Kresge President and CEO Talks About New Values-Centered Grantmaking by Kristina Moore
10 Best Practices for Strategic Philanthropy to Advance Social Rights by Greg and Maria Jobin-Leeds
Winter 2007/08
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Shifting Focus: How and Why a Large Grantmaker Decided to Fight Poverty by Pete Manzo
Bang for the Buck: Why Grantmakers Should Provide More Funding for Policy Advocacy and Community Organizing by Aaron Dorfman
Engaging in the Debate of Philanthropic Accountability by Melissa Johnson
Beyond Five Percent: The New Foundation Payout Menu by Heidi Waleson
Fall 2007
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Philanthropy at its Best: Guiding NCRP into the Next Five Years by Aaron Dorfman
Democratizing Philanthropy: Challenging Foundations and Social Justice Organizations by Christine Ahn
Philanthropic Strategies for Community-Led Education Reform by Julie K. Kohler
Creating a Philanthropic Sector that is More Responsive to the Needs of Diverse Communities by NCRP
Summer 2007
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Beyond Grantmaking: Letting our Foundation Assets Work Full-Time by Dave Beckwith
The Impact of Mergers on Philanthropy in the Banking Industry: Total Giing is Up Significantly, but Real Challenges Remain by Becky Sherblom
Taking on One of the "Dirty Dozen" Tax Scams by Kristina C. Moore
Strategies for Young Philanthropists to Support Progressive Social Change by Scott Benbow
Spring 2007
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The Time is Ripe for Philanthropy to Renew Its Commitment to Rural America by Rachael Swierzewski
A New Chapter for NCRP by Aaron Dorfman
An Agenda for Change by Rich Cohen
David R. Jones: NCRP's Board Chair Discusses Current Issues Facing the Sector by Kristina C. Moore
Fall/Winter 2006
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A New Agenda for the Progressive Women's Movement by Kiran Ahuja, National Asian Pacific American Women's Movement
Feminization of Philanthropy: Learning from the Women's Movement by Ambreen Ali
Improving Lives Through Women's Funds by Kelly Schultz
Aid on Whose Terms? by Norma Timbang
Summer 2006
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Setting the Stage for Transformational Change by Robert Hohler

Article comments on the efforts of private philanthropy to revive Gulf states after hurricanes Rita and Katrina ravaged the region in 2005, primarily in New Orleans.

Making Environmental Justice a National Priority by Albert Huang, Dimple Chaudhary, and Patrice Simms, Natural Resources Defence Council

Although local organizations can make real inroads in achieving environmental justice, learn how national environmental groups can empower local communities to create meaningful social change.

Warming Up to Environmentalism by Kevin Kovaleski

As concerns grow for the way humans are impacting the environment, evangelical groups are increasingly getting involved, couching the issue as a moral one. Read about the connection between the two and what strategies evangelical groups are employing.

Whose Environment Will Be Funded? by Elly Kugler

Article suggests ways to balance popular appeal and community accountability to work on environmental justice issues.

Spring 2006
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The New Same Old Story by Nichole Maher

From the perspective of the urban Indian community organizations involved, Nichole Maher, executive director of the Native American Youth and Family Center, outlines conditions American Indians/Alaskan Natives face in their communities and discusses, in particular, the ethics of intervention and the subject of cultural sensitivity.

The Northwest Area Foundation's Urban Indian Experience by Karl N. Stauber

Karl Stauber, the Foundation’s president, recounts the foundation’s experience in working with the community nonprofits, and explains the Foundation’s decision to deny a community partnership proposal that did not align correctly with its aims.

The Same Goals Through Different Lenses: A Foundation-Grantee Dialogue on Poverty, Gone Awry by Rick Cohen

In this article Rick Cohen discusses the complexity of the relationship between the Northwest Area Foundation and the Urban Indian Community Groups and points to some valuable lessons for the sector.

Winter 2005/2006
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Gingrich and His Philanthropy: The Wrong Signal for the Sector and Accountability by Rick Cohen

Rick Cohen questions why the Council on Foundations would choose Newt Gingrich as a keynote speaker, since he was previously under scrutiny by the IRS.

Abramoff: More Unanswered Questions by Rick Cohen

Rick Cohen, former executive director of NCRP, asks the questions that somehow, despite the prosecution of Jack Abramoff earlier this year, are still left unanswered. Is the IRS prepared to prevent other lobbyists from stealing tax dollars and swaying politicians?

Defining Values & Freedom: How the Right's Perspective and Strategies Win by Jeff Krehely

Jeff Krehely, former deputy director of NCRP, asks important questions about the future of charity in the US and the direction philanthropy is potentially headed. Included are remarks made by Krehely at the Hudson Institute regarding John Miller’s A Gift of Freedom and the history of the Olin Foundation.

Fall 2005
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Domino's Founder Delivers More than Just Pizza by Jeff Krehely

Jeff Krehely discusses billionaire and Domino’s founder Thomas Monaghan’s hand in conservative philanthropy and explores how his religious ideology has had an effect on politics and higher education.

Getting Personal by Rick Cohen

This editorial by Rick Cohen, former executive director of NCRP, laments the press-hungry reaction of nonprofit leadership to Katrina and Rita, and hails back to his extensive community development experience to offer a realistic scenario for rebuilding and reinvesting in the Gulf Coast.
Executive Compensation: More at the Top by Omolara Fatiregun and Betsy Williams

Omolara Fatiregun and Betsy Williams discuss NCRP’s current project on foundation executive compensation, providing some preliminary findings on trends and highest salary earners, and also explore the inherent obstacles to accurate and complete research due to the imperfections of the IRS Form 990.
The Arts Angle in Social Justice Grantmaking by Heidi K. Rettig

Heidi Rettig examines the steady increase of funding for social justice oriented arts and culture programs, but also explores the obstacles experienced by the nonprofits who are at the forefront of providing arts-related programs and services. Through discussions with both foundation officers and arts organizations’ leadership, Rettig paints a comprehensive picture of the current and future challenges posed by social justice arts to the foundation world.
Summer 2005
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Banning the Juvenile Death Penalty by Adam Conner and Betsy Williams

The authors discuss the United States’ pivotal move to abolish the juvenile death penalty after most other nations had already done so.

The Duke's Demise by Rick Cohen

Rick Cohen explores the seedy connections between Rep. Randall “Duke” Cunningham’s real estate transactions with Mitchell Wade, CEO of a prosperous defense contractor, and his face-saving philanthropic efforts involving a less-than-favorable San Diego nonprofit and political players.
National Heritage Foundation: Pushing Tax Laws to the Limit by Jeff Krehely

Jeff Krehely shows how the National Heritage Foundation (NHF) provides comprehensive “technical assistance” on how to use nonprofit tax laws for personal enrichment. At the helm of NHF are John Houk (once under IRS investigation) and his family, whose NHF grants list looks more like a personal checkbook ledger than a foundation portfolio.
The Story of Saipan by Naomi T. Tacuyan

Naomi Tacuyan investigates how the Marianas Islands and its garment industry represent yet another strand in Jack Abramoff’s unethical weaving of politics, business, and charity. To the tune of $9.5 million over the span of a decade, Abramoff and his associates lobbied to keep federal labor laws out of the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, whose government and industry leaders still view Abramoff and DeLay as demigods of U.S. capitalism.
Spring 2005
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Wal-Mart Philanthropy: Do their Dollars Really Make a Difference? by Betty Feng

Betty Feng explores Wal-Mart philanthropic practices and the public's general perception of Wal-Mart as a good corporate citizen. These practices may contradict Wal-Mart's questionable practices within the workplace.
The Accountability Toolbox by Rick Cohen

Rick Cohen explores the viability and mechanisms of nonprofit self-regulation and points out some of the myths surrounding the debate of nonprofit self-governance. A­s the Senate Finance Committee urges the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors to demonstrate greater accountability and financial probity, Cohen advocates a model in which nonprofits’ self -regulatory practices would coexist with reinforced governmental oversight.
The Bush Budget: The Triumph of the Beast Starvers? by Jared Bernstein

Jared Bernstein of the Economic Policy Institute presents a critical overview of the FY06 Bush budget and its dramatic repercussions on government human services programs—health care, education, housing. The unsustainable levels reached by the current and project budget deficits, Bernstein observes, represent a clear attempt at undermining the government’s ability to perform its functions and the nonprofit sector’s historic role in complementing and furthering them.
Wasting Resources and Risking Lives by Jeff Krehely

Jeff Krehely shows that, despite scientific evidence pointing at their ineffectiveness and potential harmfulness, abstinence-only programs and the nonprofits promoting them have received increasing amounts of public money within the last few years. That such biased programs have been condoned, or even championed, by leading philanthropic organizations represents a serious blow to the nonprofit sector’s attempts to regain its credibility and reputation.
Disclosure for Charitable Solicitors by Naomi T. Tacuyan

Naomi Tacuyan revisits charitable telemarketing fraud—the deliberate dishonesty with donors, and the alarmingly low return rates for such campaigns—both causes foe concern over nonprofit accountability and transparency. The article explores the steps that state attorneys general have taken to report on, educate, and regulate fundraising fraud, and urges the sector to choose their for-profit fundraisers more wisely and be more vigilant about how fundraising campaigns are conducted.
Winter 2004/2005
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The Prize for Peace by Omolara Fatiregun and Mira Gupta

This case study of Nobel Price recipient Dr. Wangari Maathai, and her environmental justice initiatives recounts how Dr. Maathai and her Kenya-based Green Belt Movement have successfully prevented natural resources-related conflicts, raised environmental awareness, and continue to empower women and their communities.
Pragmatic Politics by Rick Cohen

As politics become more polarized, it is not a time for nonprofits to censor themselves and cozy up to the very politicians and ideologies that are a threat to nonprofit livelihood. Rick Cohen makes this clear as he explores the sector’s relationship with Rick Santorum, the Administration’s tax cuts, and the increasingly biased eye of the IRS and its investigations.
Economic Democracy in Peril by Helen Vinton

Helen Vinton expresses concern over potential threats to the Community Reinvestment Act and its effects on rural America.

Nonprofits Mobilize against CFC's Terror List Check Requirements by Alan Rabinowitz

Alan Robinowitz discusses the collective effort put forth by nonprofits to speak out against the CFC’s new terror list check requirements for nonprofits.

Maximizing Nonprofit Voices and Mobilizing the Public by Jeff Krehely

This article explains how foundations should help their 501(c)(3) grantees to effectively set up and manage 501 (c)(4) affiliates, thus facilitating these organizations’ involvement in the public policy process. With the current legislative debates taking center stage in Congress, such foundation-sponsored technical assistance, Jeff Krehely suggests, is a timely and necessary way for (c)(3) organizations to better advocate for their causes.
When it Comes to Generosity, Lists are Deceiving by Rick Cohen

Rick Cohen discusses BusinessWeek’s top 50 givers list in comparison to the generosity of low-to-middle income Americans' giving and explores the top 50's giving practices.

Fall 2004
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Foundation Money on the Mound by Rick Cohen

Rick Cohen looks at for-profit baseball team Milwaukee Brewers receiving dubious partial financial support from the Bradley Foundation. While exploring the financing of the Miller Park baseball Stadium, Cohen reveals how (1) the Bradley foundation grant mainly benefited its trustees and managers’ interests, and how (2) Bradley’s tax-exempt philanthropic capital was (mis)invested in a commercial project remotely connected to its charitable mission.
Abramoff: Well-Connected to the Well-Heeled of the Right by Rick Cohen

Rick Cohen describes DC lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s self-serving involvement in the nonprofit sector. Thanks to Abramoff’s connections to the Capital Athletic Foundation—which he manages—and other nonprofit organizations, he was able to support right wing initiatives. Cohen offers various examples of how Abramoff used his sports philanthropy to favor socially and morally reprehensible practices.
Affinity Groups by Marissa Guananja

Marissa Guananja explores the concept of affinity groups, specifically in relation to the Council on Foundations, and discusses how they affect the networking capabilities of the sector.

Felonious Philanthropists by John Barkhamer, Jeff Krehely, and Rick Cohen

John Barkhamer, Jeff Krehely and Rick Cohen show that despite being prevented from being involved with publicly traded companies, fraudulent corporate executives are still serving on foundations’ and nonprofits’ boards. In this respect, the authors call for (1) greater scrutiny from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as well as foundations managers and (2) an expansion of the mandate of the SEC outside of publicly traded companies.
Self-Auditing—A Futile Endeavor or a Credible Safeguard Against Scandal for New York Nonprofits? by Sarah S. Miller

Sarah S. Miller discusses the legislation mandating that nonprofit organizations establish audit committees. This legislation was introduced by New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer and has been contested inside and outside the sector.

Not Much to Cheer About by Pete Manzo

Pete Manzo explains what is missing in the new California Nonprofit Integrity Bill and how what is included in the bill will be hard for nonprofits to achieve.

Nonprofits and Philanthropy in the Land of Enchantment, New Mexico by M. Carlota Baca and Teresa J. Odendahl

The authors describe the weak capacities of nonprofits in New Mexico and make suggestions for capacity-building within the state.

Policymaking by Consensus by Jeff Krehely

Jeff Krehely discusses recent efforts made by Congress to reform the philanthropic sector, the challenges and shortcomings in attempting reform and NCRP’s role in the process.

Summer 2004
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Focus on the… Election? by John Russell

John Russell discusses the effort of James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family Action, to connect religion and partisan politics.

NCRP Debuts at Senate Hearing by Rick Cohen

Rich Cohen explains NCRP’s role in the Senate hearing regarding accountability in the nonprofit sector and discusses the key issues at stake.

The Uprising of 2003 by Sarah Stranahan

Sarah Stranahan discusses the Federal Communications Commission’s proposed ownership deregulation of the media and the resulting uprising of consumers, nonprofit groups.

The Trouble With Rural by Rick Cohen

This article explores why the level of giving to nonprofits in rural America is disproportionately low and takes a look at rural philanthropy in the United States.

Giving the Hawaiian Way by Rhonda Funn, Lisa Oshiro, Robin Danner

The authors highlight the uniqueness and importance of a new fund, the Hawaiian Way Fund, as a means to sustain traditions in Hawaii.

Recent FEC Rulemaking And the Future of Nonprofit Lobbying by Liz Baumgarten, Bob Smucker

The authors describe how the Federal Election Committee’s proposed rules would affect and possibly drastically change the advocacy abilities of nonprofits.

Community-Based Public Foundations by Rick Cohen

Rick Cohen explains how CBPFs are increasingly successful in promoting social change and are receiving attention and respect from larger foundations.

Spring 2004
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Paying to Mind the Store by Rick Cohen & Jeff Krehely

Rick Cohen and Jeff Krehely lay out the case for reducing the foundation excise tax from 2 percent to 1 percent, as proposed in the 2005 Bush budget, but only if the revenue raised is directed towards the original purpose of oversight for foundations and the non-profit sector.

Strange Bedfellows by Rick Cohen

Rick Cohen casts his eyes west to the Rio Grande and to two high-profile political leaders on opposite sides of the river. Both Mexican First Lady Marta Sahagun de Fox and U.S. House Majority Leader Tom Delay have charitable foundations that appear to exist to allow economic and political interests to purchase access and influence more then philanthropy.

The Big Squeeze by Gary Bass, John Irons, Ellen Taylor, Executive Director, Staff Economist and senior economic, and senior budget policy analyst at OMB Watch.

Senior analysts at OMB Watch explain why monitoring the federal budget and proposed tax cuts is vital to the future of non-profits everywhere and examine the short and long term causes and consequences. The impact of decreasing government revenues and outlays is already being felt by non-profits as they feel the double squeeze of increased demand in services to make up for government shortfalls and reduced government funding.

Making Space for the Nonprofit Sector by China Brotsky|, Vice President of Special Projects for the Tides Family of Organizations

China Brotsky showcases the benefits and successes of multi-tenant nonprofit centers (MTNC), which eliminate the challenges of securing facilities, provide stability essential for long term foundation growth, and increased capacity and cooperation between non-profits located in the same facility. With affordable rent dollars paying off debt in a non-profit facility, nonprofit resources are leveraged for the long term.

Saying 'No' To Forever by Jeff Krehely

Not all foundations plan on lasting forever, as Jeff Krehely discovered when he examined the largely unreported phenomena of foundations deliberately spending down and not existing in perpetuity.

Winter 2003/2004

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Advocating for Advocacy by Rick Cohen

Rick Cohen reflects on the results of an NCRP survey about what progressive funders think can be done to promote local and regional nonprofit public policy advocacy for social change.

Swoosh Philanthropy Redux by Rick Cohen

Rick Cohen revisits Nike’s global philanthropic track record after the company's recent free speech court settlement and recalls NCRP’s original 2002 assessment that “recruiting a non-profit to service the corporation might be socially responsible corporate behavior” but it is not philanthropy.

Communities, Unions Partner For Change by Henry Allen & Leigh Dingerson

The authors explore the history of the Neighborhood Funders Group (NFG), a national network of foundations committed to expanding support for organizations that help low-income people improve their communities, the Working Group on Labor and Community and their accomplishments, including the Partnerships for Change project.

NonProfit Salaries, Intermediate Sanctions And the New York Stock Exchange by Rick Cohen

Rich Cohen discusses a Chronicle of Philanthropy article that exposed exuberant salaries of some of the most prominent foundations in the country.

Lessons Learned: Collaborative Mobilizing for Education Reformby Lori Bezahler, Susan Cahn, PhD., and Cassie Schwerner, PhD. Program officer for public education at the Edward W. Hazen Foundation, director of program services for Foundation Services where she manages the education program for the Dickler Family Foundation, program director of the Caroline and Sigmund Schott Foundation

This article examines the success of the NYC Donor Education Collaborative in establishing and mobilizing a coordinated education reform coalition that restored a billion dollars to the 2003 NY state education budget.

Fall 2003
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Equality's Frontier by Allison McGee Johnson, Senior Communications Manager for the Gill Foundation

Following recent victories for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) movement Allison McGee advocates the need for increased funding for GLBT community in order to building upon recent successes and counter the better funded anti-gay groups.

From Reform to Retreat by Rick Cohen

Rich Cohen discusses why the House Ways and Means Committee’s modifying of a foundation spending reform provision (Section 105) of the Charitable Giving Act of 2003 is problematic.

Conservative Foundations And the Assault on Affirmative Action by Meaghan House & Constance A. Lindsay, NCRP Senior Research Associate and former NCRP Development Intern

As the Grutter v. Bollinger Supreme Court decision showed, the conservative assault on Affirmative Action is a strategic, well-funded, and politically astute movement. House and Lindsay explore the long-term coordination of conservative foundations as they move incrementally towards their goal of eliminating Affirmative Action.

Building Core Competency by Kaycee Misiewicz

Kaycee Misiewicz explains why there is a need for core operating support for nonprofits in addition to short-term and project-specific grants.

Foundation Alms for the Rich? by Sloan C. Wiesen

Sloan C. Wiesen discusses a study, released by the Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership, which suggests that money that could be support charitable grants is instead funding wealthy trustees.

Summer 2003
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Current Challenges to Foundation Board Governance by Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D.
President and CEO of The Minneapolis Foundation

Dr. Emmett D. Carson’s remarks to the Council of Foundation’s Board of Trustees in April, 2003 were published for the first time in Responsive Philanthropy. In his remarks, Dr. Carson addresses head-on some of the emerging issues facing foundations today, including increased scrutiny and calls for government oversight. He lays out stimulating new ideas he deems necessary for foundations to adapt to this new landscape.

Time for a New Commission on Philanthropy by Rick Cohen

Rick Cohen writes about the need for a successor to the Filer Commission due to corruption and accountability issues within foundations and well-off nonprofits.

Health Care Conversion Foundations Band Aid Solutions by John Hunsaker & Jeff Krehely, NCRP research associate, NCRP research director

Non-profit health care providers, facing tough competition from for-profit providers in a climate of soaring health care costs, are increasingly choosing to convert to for-profit enterprises, claiming it is the only way they can survive. However, the resulting shift leaves a large gap in coverage for those that need it most, which can not be filled by the foundations required to be formed by the transition.

Nonprofits Speak Up for Social Justice Agenda by Rick Cohen

Former NCRP Executive Director Rick Cohen presents responses from NCRP’s member survey on the evolving role and focus of NCRP and other nonprofits in the face of the upcoming years of the Bush administration. The article shares the member’s input on how to best advocate a social justice agenda in Republican dominated Washington and analyzes how NCRP will continue to play a leading role.

Panel Ponders 'Philanthropy In Troubled Times by Rachel Maleh

Rachel Maleh reports on the discussion topics at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition’s yearly philanthropy forum.

A Tax by Any Other Name by Abby R. Levine

Abby R. Levine discusses how many nonprofits across the country are being asked to make voluntary PILOTs, or “fair share” property-tax payments and what nonprofits should do about this.

Fraud After All by Rick Cohen

Rick Cohen discusses the Supreme Court verdict of fraudulent charitable telemarketing case, its implications for the philanthropic sector as well as American individuals, and lessons to be learned.

Spring 2003
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Funding Fair Voices of Faith by Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, President of The Interfaith Alliance (TIA) and The Interfaith Alliance Foundation

The Rev. Dr. C Welton Gaddy, President of The Interfaith Alliance, champions the need to fund fair and inclusive voices of faith to counter the growing power of the religious right. And he reminds us that all Americans are worthy of religious liberty and freedom from discrimination, not just those that agree with James Dobson.

Free Speech or Fraud? by Rick Cohen

Former NCRP Executive Director Rick Cohen examines the growing issues of concern with the increase in for-profit telemarketing by nonprofits, highlighted in the U.S. Supreme Court case Ryan v. Telemarketing Associates (or Madigan v. Telemarketing Associates), against the larger issue of accounting and fundraising transparency.

Understanding Social Justice Philanthropy by Brenda Hanzi & John Hunsaker

Brenda Hanzi and John Hunsaker explore and define what social justice philanthropy means today and how it can create “change beyond charity.”

Americans With Disabilities Seek Access, Resources by Barbara Toomer, Secretary of the Board of the Disabled Rights Action Committee in Salt Lake City, community organizer for ADAPT/Utah, and a board member of the NCRP.

Barbara Toomer addresses the difficulties facing charities advocating for the rights of people with disabilities. Organizations dedicated to empowerment and equal rights face severe funding challenges compared to those with a mainstream medical and health orientation.

Eye on Local Advocacy in The Nation's Capital by Rick Cohen

Rick Cohen highlights the importance of public policy advocacy groups and discusses their low level of funding in comparison to other types of advocacy groups.

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