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Donors need to do more than support candidates if they truly care about democracy

Written by: NCRP

Date: February 25, 2020

Donors who are about fostering democracy need to avoid making the "false choice" between supporting political candidates and grassroots civic engagement, NCRP President and CEO Aaron Dorfman noted in his latest column for Forbes. Dorfman wrote, "Many… Read More

3 Things small funders can do to turn racial equity rhetoric into reality

Written by: Ryan Schlegel

Date: February 04, 2020

It’s easy to forget, in a sector where Gateses, Fords, Lillys and Hewletts dominate the discourse, that most institutional philanthropies are small, leanly staffed, little-known foundations. In any given year, roughly a quarter of all U.S.… Read More

Nonprofits support boosts Puerto Rico earthquake recovery efforts

Written by: Adam Fishbein

Date: January 30, 2020

In the aftermath of this year’s series of devastating earthquakes in Puerto Rico, local nonprofits across the island are providing crucial services to thousands of affected Puerto Ricans.  Current and former NCRP nonprofit members and coalition partners supporting recovery efforts include Taller Salud, The Center for Popular… Read More

Funders can’t turn over leadership to communities if they aren’t leaders in the first place

Written by: Allen Smart

Date: January 23, 2020

I read with interest the recent NCRP blog post that summarized the “Let Communities Lead” session at last year’s great Upswell convening in Chicago. Because I led a session on rural funder practice at the meeting… Read More

4 Questions to sit with as you learn to let communities lead

Written by: Walter Howell, Lauri Valerio

Date: December 17, 2019

Good things happen when funders shift power to communities. It’s “regenerative.” We “actually get outcomes that work” and “build a groundswell for change.” But it’s hard to “give up power and build trust,” to “learn about… Read More

Engaged grantmaking: Collaborating with communities

Written by: Caroline McCoy

Date: October 22, 2019

At the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, we’re delighted to see that more funders are using participatory grantmaking to elevate the voices and leadership of the communities they partner with and serve. Participatory grantmaking helps shift the… Read More


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