An inspiring night to remember at the 2017 NCRP Impact Awards

Written by: Jeanné Lewis

Date: September 19, 2017

“This here: It cannot be work. It is community. It is remembering. It is the reminder that we deserve better.” 

–    Mwende “FreeQuency” Katwiwa,
Activist, Poet and Performer

There were many goosebump-inducing moments at last night’s 2017 NCRP Impact Awards. Hearing Mwende say the words quoted above was one of them.

The entire night was about being inspired by the amazing work of the 2017 awardees and their grantees working the frontlines to make our country better for all, especially the underserved and marginalized.

And it was about you and me, too – an opportunity to celebrate as a community the kind of impact we all want to see on the issues and communities we care about by being thoughtful, strategic and grounded in what is just, equitable and sustainable.

Impact Awards Reception (1)

Congratulations to the 2017 NCRP Impact Awardees: Foundation for Louisiana, Groundswell Fund, Meyer Memorial Trust and Solutions Project!

Photos, tweets and a special message …

Here are the first batch of photos from last night on our Facebook page … View, tag and share!

Impact Awards Reception

We’ll add to the album in the days ahead.

Thanks to all who shared and celebrated our awardees on social media over the past few weeks. Here are some tweets from last night.

Impact Awards Tweets

Lastly, actor-activist Mark Ruffalo, who co-founded Solutions Project, had a special message for attendees. In a recorded video message, he said:

“The idea of a philanthropy that is immediate, responsive and ends up doing the most amount of good in the quickest amount of time seems like a reasonable thing to want but really radical at its core. … I really appreciate you giving us the award and shining the spotlight on the good work that we’ve been able to accomplish. … We’ve all seen the results of it. It’s profound. It honors our most precious commodity … human life.”

Mark Ruffalo

Mark Ruffalo, actor, activist and co-founder of Solutions Project, offers a brief message about the organization’s “Get Up, Stand Up” award.

From warm to hot

I’m still feeling fired up and inspired by the awards, but we didn’t gather only to celebrate. All of us need to add fuel to this fire through transformational grantmaking and practices. 


Congratulations to the 2017 NCRP Impact Awardees Foundation for Louisiana, Groundswell Fund, Meyer Memorial Trust and Solutions Project!  

And thanks to all of you for helping us recognize and inspire high-impact philanthropy.