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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

Foundations and donors: It’s time to support transformative grassroots work

Written by: NCRP

Date: October 08, 2019

As communities and grassroots organizations across the country continue to fight for equity and justice, many grantmakers and donors are looking for optimal ways to support them. “Now is not the time for business as usual.… Read More

Philanthropy must exclusively support causes that indicate a love of humanity

Written by: Dr. Abbas Barzegar , Zainab Arain

Date: May 30, 2019

Philanthropy possesses a checkered history. It is simultaneously responsible for developing some of our country’s greatest public resources while also leaving marginalized communities in the dark. At its worst, philanthropy has supported causes that poison our… Read More


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