keeping a close eye on philanthropy … NCRP’s blog

Choosing Leadership Development – and Spilling the Best-Kept Secret in Philanthropy

posted on: March 26, 2015

PioneersinJusticeBy: Elizabeth Ramirez

Editor’s Note: This piece is the second 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.

Supporting nonprofit leadership development has clear benefits for the leaders themselves, their organizations and their movements. As detailed in NCRP’s new report, Cultivating Nonprofit Leadership:  A (Missed?) Philanthropic Opportunity, it disrupts usual ways of thinking, builds the networks needed to win, prevents burnout and supports organizational sustainability by “building the bench.”

However a high-impact strategy, leadership development is a niche funding priority in philanthropy, and only a mere handful of foundations have dedicated significant resources to it. NCRP’s analysis, looking at

… Continue Reading

More Philanthropy’s Promise Leaders Share Their Wishes for Women’s History Month

posted on: March 25, 2015

Women's History MonthAs Women’s History Month draws to a close, we asked four more Philanthropy’s Promise leaders: “What’s your wish for philanthropy this Women’s History Month?” Click here to read last week’s responses.


“This Women’s History Month our wish is to increase philanthropic giving dedicated to advancing gender equity. For too long, too small a percentage of philanthropic dollars has gone specifically to women and girls’ issues – a mere 7 percent. That’s nowhere near enough, especially when we know that women and girls are key to sustainable social change. When women are given an opportunity to lead, everyone benefits – our families, communities, states and country. We hope that, together, foundations, individual donors, businesses and the government will increase their

… Continue Reading

How White Foundation Leaders Can Promote Racial Justice

posted on: March 24, 2015

60s executiveThis post first appeared in The Chronicle of Philanthropy on March 13, 2015.

Since last summer, a movement has been brewing in response to the police killings of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, and many others. People across the country have taken to the streets, demanding changes in policies that contribute to government-sanctioned violence against African- Americans and Latinos.

People of color are leading this movement, as they should be, but they shouldn’t be expected to move this agenda forward by themselves. White people working in philanthropy are an important source of funding for nonprofits helping to organize on-the-ground efforts across the country, but it is essential that they take an active role, too. The future of our

… Continue Reading

Sustaining Leaders for Social Change

posted on: March 19, 2015

By: Dr. Britt Yamamoto

Editor’s Note: OiLEAP Fellows Group Photover the next couple of weeks, we will be sharing stories from leadership development experts about the value they’ve found in Cultivating Nonprofit Leadership: A (Missed?) Philanthropic Opportunity, which contains new research from NCRP showing just how underfunded leadership development is in our sector. In this piece, Britt Yamamoto, executive director of iLEAP, shares why the report matters to his organization’s mission of inspiring leaders to ignite social change. For past coverage of this report, click here.

iLEAP is thrilled to be featured in the new National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) report, Cultivating Nonprofit Leadership: A (Missed?) Philanthropic Opportunity. Furthermore, we are deeply humbled to be profiled in

… Continue Reading

Philanthropy’s Promise Leaders Respond: What Is Your Wish for Philanthropy This Women’s History Month?

posted on: March 16, 2015

suffragettesNCRP’s Philanthropy’s Promise initiative is a community of nearly 200 grantmakers that are committed to social justice. Our signatories have pledged at least 50 percent of their grant dollars to underserved communities and 25 percent toward supporting policy and civic engagement. They represent high-impact grantmaking, advancing equity and empowerment across our country.

In honor of Women’s History Month, we got in touch with the leaders of five Philanthropy’s Promise signatories dedicated to gender justice and asked, “What is your wish for philanthropy this Women’s History Month?”

Read on to learn what these inspiring men and women have to say about what this time means for them:


“As we celebrate Women’s History Month, let’s remember that philanthropy has the greatest

… Continue Reading

Conversations to Schedule Today to Strengthen Your Nonprofit-Foundation Partnerships

posted on: March 12, 2015

conversationsAt 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 relational, with grantmakers and grantees acting as collaborative partners in the amelioration of social ills. But to establish this form of partnership, both the grantmaker and the grantee must confront the power dynamics that characterize the traditional funder-nonprofit hierarchy. These conversations are sticky and uncomfortable, but if carried out, can greatly improve the way that the social sector operates. So what should we be talking about during these discussions?

1. A clear and explicit expectation of what both organizations hope to gain

… Continue Reading

Standing for Advocacy at the Florida Philanthropic Network’s Statewide Summit on Philanthropy

posted on: March 10, 2015

AaronDorfman_FloridaPhilanthropicNetworkEditor’s Note: On January 30, 2015 during the Florida Philanthropic Network’s 2015 Statewide Summit on Philanthropy, NCRP’s Aaron Dorfman spoke in conversation with Mark Brewer, president & CEO of Central Florida Foundation and Bill Schambra, director of Hudson Institute’s Bradley Center for Philanthropy about the tension between progressive and conservative philanthropy. The transcript of Aaron’s speech is below, beginning at 10:10 in the video.

Good morning. Thanks so much to David [Biemesderfer] and to the entire Florida Philanthropic Network for inviting me. It’s great to be here with you all today – and I’m not just saying that because it’s 50 degrees warmer here than it was in DC yesterday. I’m also saying it because

… Continue Reading


Author Archives

Keep up with our blog by subscribing to our RSS feed

Or enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

About 'Keeping a Close Eye'
Tell a Friend
Sign Up for NCRP Updates and News