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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

Three Reasons the Woodruff Foundation Should Sell Some of Its Coca-Cola Stock

Written by: Caitlin Duffy

Date: July 25, 2014

Founded by the former president of Coca-Cola, the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation is as much of an Atlanta institution as the company Woodruff helmed for over 30 years. The foundation’s largest grants fund institutions such as… Read More

Meet the Freedom Funders: The Foundation Supporters of the Civil Rights Movement

Written by: Kristina ("Yna") C. Moore

Date: June 16, 2014

Fifty years after the signing of the Civil Rights Act in 1964, we’re at a point in history when many social justice victories have been achieved, and yet many basic civil liberties remain at risk. In… Read More


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