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Sharing the Hard Decisions: How Co-Leaders Can Do More Together

Written by: Frances Kunreuther

Date: April 16, 2015

Editor’s Note: This piece is the fifth in a series featuring leadership development experts on the value they’ve found in NCRP’s new report, Cultivating Nonprofit Leadership: A (Missed?) Philanthropic Opportunity. For past posts, click here. NCRP’s… Read More

Conversations to Schedule Today to Strengthen Your Nonprofit-Foundation Partnerships

Written by: Lia Weintraub

Date: March 12, 2015

At one end of the spectrum, grantmaking is a transaction, in which there is little connection between the grantmaker and the grantee beyond the exchange of forms, reports and funds. At the other end, grantmaking is… Read More

A New Standard: “Get on the Map” and the Urgent Need for Better Data in Philanthropy

Written by: Ryan Schlegel

Date: February 12, 2015

Money is a blunt but essential tool for social change, and it has potent, variable effects on our social and political ecosystems. Philanthropy’s commitment to serving the public good makes it imperative that foundations understand as… Read More

The New Grand Challenges: Social Justice and Health Equity

Written by: Ryan Schlegel

Date: January 29, 2015

$1 billion over ten years is a mammoth investment for philanthropy. Since the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation launched its Grand Challenges initiative in 2004, roughly a quarter million dollars on average has left its coffers… Read More

What Is Foundation Transparency and Why Does It Matter?

Written by: Caitlin Duffy

Date: August 12, 2014

In my role as a research assistant for NCRP’s Philamplify initiative, I have found that “transparency” is defined and applied differently from one foundation to the next. Not only is it rare to find details like… Read More

IRS Should Investigate Otto Bremer

For Immediate Release Philanthropy Watchdog Asks IRS to Investigate Otto Bremer Foundation National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy cites outrageous trustee compensation, lack of accountability Washington, D.C. (7/30/2014) – In response to ongoing suspicious, and potentially illegal,… Read More


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