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Required Reading for Southern Funders: New “Unequal Lives” Report

Written by: Ryan Schlegel

Date: August 28, 2015

“In the rural South, more than one in four children and nearly as many women live in poverty. When race and ethnicity are taken into consideration, the poverty rate is more than double for African-Americans and… Read More

Double Edge Theatre: Connecting Arts, Culture and Community with Hess Foundation Support

Written by: Elizabeth Myrick

Date: August 18, 2015

Located in rural Ashfield, MA, Double Edge Theatre describes its work as “creating a 'living culture' by developing the highest quality of original theatre performance – based on artists’ interaction with the communities in which the… Read More

Repost: How White Foundation Leaders Can Promote Racial Justice

Written by: Aaron Dorfman

Date: August 14, 2015

Editor’s Note: Last month, the Movement for Black Lives National Convening in Cleveland brought together over 1,000 grassroots leaders fighting to end racial injustice in our nation. We called for foundation support of this convening, and… Read More

Respect Is Key to Inclusive Funding

Written by: Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

Date: July 07, 2015

My husband and I started our family’s charitable fund shortly after we got married. Like other philanthropists, we wanted to make the world a better, safer, more respectful and welcoming place. Now that we have children,… Read More

Untransparent Philanthropy: The Frustrating Case of the Hess Foundation

Written by: Caitlin Duffy

Date: July 02, 2015

Freda, Sharnette and Gary. I interacted more with these three Post Office workers than our entire team did with the Hess Foundation over the last ten months. I remember their names from last September, when I… Read More

New Philamplify Report Blasts Secretive Hess Foundation’s Checkbook Philanthropy

Written by: Aaron Dorfman

Date: June 16, 2015

While NCRP appreciates and encourages participation from the grantmakers we assess, our Philamplify reports are written with or without foundation cooperation. However, to date, all of the foundations evaluated have responded in some way to our… Read More


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