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We treated the symptom — now eradicate the disease

Written by: Brenda Sears

Date: February 18, 2021

The good news: We treated the immediate symptom. As we approach 500,000 deaths from coronavirus, we seem to have survived 4 years of attacks on our democratic norms and voted in a new administration that promises… Read More

NCRP webinar panelists stress philanthropy’s role in reimagining what’s possible for democracy and the economy

Written by: Elbert Garcia

Date: May 28, 2020

For the panelists assembled for NCRP’s latest webinar, philanthropy’s role in helping communities steer through the current coronavirus pandemic is clear. There is a responsibility to go beyond grantmaking and use their influence to make possible… Read More

How integrated voter engagement builds a family-led movement

Written by: Luz Vega-Marquis

Date: December 19, 2019

We have known for a long time that low-income families are powerful political actors regardless of election cycles. That’s why since 2012, Marguerite Casey Foundation (MCF) has invested more than $15 million in integrated voter engagement… Read More

2020 census needs funder support to ensure rural inclusion

Written by: Allison Ahcan, Allen Smart

Date: January 03, 2019

The most important upcoming policy moment that will affect rural communities is the 2020 census. An overreliance on on-line respondents, a shortage of dedicated staff focused on hard to count populations and a lack of previously… Read More

The most popular blog posts of 2018

Written by: Peter Haldis

Date: January 01, 2019

Last week, we recapped many of NCRP's activities and accomplishments from 2018. One thing we didn't mention: In 2018, we added 96 posts to NCRP's blog. And, if you follow NCRP on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter, you've… Read More

3 Lessons for philanthropists from the midterm elections

Written by: Aaron Dorfman

Date: November 12, 2018

Updated 11/19/2018 to clarify that The Nathan Cummings Foundation increased its payout rate from 5.75% to 6.75% in 2017 and 2018, and has committed to maintaining an elevated payout rate for the next 3 years. The… Read More


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