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2017 wasn’t all bad … some reasons for optimism

Written by: Lisa Ranghelli

Date: January 24, 2018

Before we get too far into 2018, I’d like to take this opportunity to remember some of the bright spots of 2017 related to philanthropy that advances equity and justice. 2017 was NCRP’s first full year… Read More

Community-led grantmaking: Collective wisdom for social change

Written by: Caitlin Duffy

Date: September 12, 2017

How can funders make their grantmaking more transparent and inclusive while tackling the unequal power dynamic in philanthropy? With more and more conversations around equity taking place in the sector, community-led grantmaking has proven to be… 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

Creatively funding social movements

Written by: Caitlin Duffy

Date: February 24, 2017

How can foundations be more flexible in supporting grassroots groups and leaders? What are some creative approaches to meeting the increasingly urgent need for philanthropy to support frontline advocacy and organizing for justice? To explore these… Read More

Reflections on the National Museum of African American History & Culture

Written by: Janay Richmond

Date: November 02, 2016

Every month, staff at the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy gather for a staff activity, an opportunity for us to step away from our computers and bond. In my 1.5 years here, we’ve done everything from… 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


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