Keeping a close eye on philanthropy

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Did philanthropy do enough?

Written by: Kristina ("Yna") C. Moore

Date: May 12, 2017

Will history look favorably at philanthropy’s efforts to protect and promote equity during the Trump Administration? Attendees of the Northern California Grantmakers Association’s annual conference were treated to a rousing debate over this very question. The… Read More

Refuse to do business with firms that undermine what your foundation stands for

Written by: Dan Petegorsky

Date: May 09, 2017

In a recent piece in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, sector leaders, including NCRP President and CEO Aaron Dorfman, asked if foundations are doing enough to respond to the challenges posed by the Trump administration. They mentioned… Read More

10 do’s and don’ts for foundations and donors

Written by: NCRP

Date: April 13, 2017

Is your foundation prioritizing leaders and organizations that have the trust of the communities you serve? Or perhaps your nonprofit feels that donors simply "don't get it" and are hindering instead of helping positive change from taking place?… Read More

Finally, a foundation-commissioned study that actually helps its grantees

Written by: Aaron Dorfman

Date: March 02, 2017

It’s usually a moment of dread for the leader of a nonprofit. One of your major funders commissions a study, and they inform you they want you to spend who-knows-how-many hours working with the consultants they… Read More

Why and how philanthropy can better support labor organizing

Written by: Ryan Schlegel

Date: September 01, 2016

As labor union membership has declined dramatically over the last several decades, economic inequality has risen, and the American working class has been increasingly less protected from economic storms by the bulwark of organized labor. This… Read More

Farewell to Niki Jagpal

Written by: Aaron Dorfman

Date: May 26, 2016

I’m sad to report that Niki Jagpal, NCRP’s senior director of research and policy, has decided to move on and seek new opportunities. Yet I’m excited to see what she’ll do next and what new contributions… Read More


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