Today’s youth care and they’re activated! So what’s next for funders?

Written by: NCRP

Date: May 23, 2018

While the events of the past year-and-a-half have left many frustrated, angry and disappointed, they’ve also moved many people to take action with their dollars and voices.

“From #BlackLivesMatter to #MeToo and #NeverAgain, we’re seeing a spike in civic engagement that makes me hopeful for the future of our country,” wrote Aaron Dorfman, chief executive of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP). “We must capitalize on this moment and turn increased activism into lasting change.”

Foundations and other donors will find actionable insights on how funders can take advantage of this moment in the May 2018 edition of “Responsive Philanthropy” published by NCRP.

From whispers to roars: The conversation movement

“People care about issues like gender and racial equity, and they think more needs to be done,” notes Michael Perry, co-founder, and Kathleen Perry, senior analyst, of PerryUndem, in an article that highlights findings from their recent public opinion research. They offer four key takeaways for funders to take advantage of what they call the “conversation movement” to make progress on these and other issues that majority of the public thinks are important.

Funders can help secure the next generation of activists, voters and grassroots movement leaders

For Austin Belali, director of the Youth Engagement Fund, the youth-led #NeverAgain movement is a reminder of the urgent need to build the capacity of youth civic participation especially among youth of color, those from rural areas and other underserved communities. He offers important considerations for financial and non-financial supporters to ensure that they are helping long-term engagement of young people that leads to lasting positive change.

Helping grantmakers navigate civic engagement funding

Eric Marshall, executive director of Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation, and Kristen Cambell, executive director of Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement, are seeing the growing interest in civic engagement among grantmakers firsthand. They share the most common concerns they hear from members and the various ways their respective organizations are helping funders navigate the complexities of funding civic participation.

Strength in numbers: Rethinking the power of funder collaboration

Melinda Fine, Molly Schultz Hafid and Steven Lawrence of TCC Group identifies the six common questions that funders have been asking themselves in response to our current political and social moment. They highlight the three ways that affinity groups, regional associations and other philanthropy serving organizations are helping grantmakers wrestle with these questions.

This edition of the journal highlights NCRP supporter The Colorado Health Foundation in the Member Spotlight. Learn how this largest health foundation in the state has embraced community engagement and input in efforts to advance good health and health equity for all in the state.

Let us know what you think of these stories in the comments or on Twitter @NCRP. Photo by Roeder, used under Creative Commons license.