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A Call to Action for Philanthropists in the Wake of Orlando

posted on: June 27, 2016

Vigil_to_unite_in_the_wake_of_the_Orlando_Pulse_shooting_(27358803690)This post first appeared on The Huffington Post on June 23, 2016.

After a gunman killed 49 people and injured dozens more in a horrific act of hate at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, many people are asking what they can do in response to this terrorism. For wealthy donors and foundations, there are two imperatives: Fund the ongoing struggle for the safety, health and full social inclusion of LGBTQ people, and bankroll a movement for sensible gun laws that can counter the outsized influence of the National Rifle Association and its funding base of gun manufacturers.

The attack in Orlando was an act of malice directed at lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. Throughout U.S. history, when a group

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How is one of the country’s largest community foundations responding to the needs of its residents?

posted on: June 22, 2016

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Our newest Philamplify report looks at Oregon, a state founded on racial exclusion that today has increasingly vibrant, diverse communities across its urban and rural landscapes.

Nearly 25 percent of Oregon’s residents are people of color, and an estimated 5 percent identify as LGBTQ. These communities are fighting effectively for justice and to end discrimination and disparities of all kinds. But they need more resources to turn the tide. Only 5 percent of philanthropic giving in Oregon directly serves these populations.

The Oregon Community Foundation is the largest foundation in Oregon and the 8th community foundation largest in the country, holding $1.5 billion in assets. Unlike most community foundations, OCF has statewide reach through regional offices

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To Articulate or Not to Articulate … a Community Foundation’s Vision

posted on: June 14, 2016

Untitled design (3)What is the role of a community foundation as a public leader? Lorie Slutsky, president of the New York Community Trust, believes,

“The role of a community foundation is to understand the problems and be a place that will stick with those things that need to be stuck with, build the capacity of critical neighborhood anchor institutions over time and leave the door open so new problems identified by new populations and challenges still have a place to go and be heard.”

Community foundations are quick to point out how different they are from private foundations. As public charities firmly rooted in place – be it a city, county, region or state – they must respond to dynamically changing environments

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How TRANSformational Is Your Work?

posted on: June 9, 2016

WebinarHave you ever wondered how to best support transgender communities? Are you funding work for gay, lesbian and bisexual communities, but haven’t considered specific needs of trans* communities? Do you have questions you want to ask, but haven’t known where to turn? Then NCRP’s upcoming webinar How TRANSformational Is Your Work? on June 21 is designed for you.

With legislation providing a “license to discriminate” against the transgender community enacted in Mississippi and North Carolina and under consideration across the U.S., supporting the transgender community has become a critical issue. While there has been an increased acceptance of gay and lesbian people in the U.S., the transgender community is often overlooked. Transgender people’s lives intersect with every issue – on

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Transforming Lives and the Human Spirit at the Ancient Africa Enslavement & Civil War Museum

posted on: June 7, 2016

21817204748_9c44a277b0_zBy Faya Rose Touré

Editor’s note: NCRP Senior Research and Policy Associate Ryan Schlegel and Field Associate Ben Barge recently visited the Alabama Black Belt as part of a listening tour hosted by Grantmakers for Southern Progress and the Black Belt Community Foundation. This is the third in a series of blog posts from activists, organizers and community leaders they met during their trip. NCRP strives to elevate the voices of grantees and potential grantees in conversations about philanthropy. This blog series will address topics relevant to the work underway for social, economic, racial and environmental justice in the Black Belt from the perspective of the people doing that work.

While  the  1965  Voting  Rights  Movement  has  finally  received  some  national  prominence, following visits

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Selma: From Chaos to Creating the Beloved Community

posted on: June 1, 2016

By Ainka Jackson

4927725063_b84fdb334f_zEditor’s note: NCRP Senior Research and Policy Associate Ryan Schlegel and Field Associate Ben Barge recently visited the Alabama Black Belt as part of a listening tour hosted by Grantmakers for Southern Progress and the Black Belt Community Foundation. This is the second in a series of blog posts from activists, organizers and community leaders they met during their trip. NCRP strives to elevate the voices of grantees and potential grantees in conversations about philanthropy. This blog series will address topics relevant to the work underway for social, economic, racial and environmental justice in the Black Belt from the perspective of the people doing that work. Read Jackson’s first post here.

The Voting and Civil Rights Movement

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Farewell to Niki Jagpal

posted on: May 26, 2016

Niki_Jagpal_WebreadyI’m sad to report that Niki Jagpal, NCRP’s senior director of research and policy, has decided to move on and seek new opportunities. Yet I’m excited to see what she’ll do next and what new contributions she will make to help build the progressive movement this nation so desperately needs.

Niki was my first key programmatic hire as I began rebuilding NCRP. She joined the team late in 2007, shortly after the board adopted a new strategic plan.

Niki is the primary author of Criteria for Philanthropy at Its Best: Benchmarks to Assess and Enhance Grantmaker Impact, which remains one of NCRP’s signature publications. Criteria caused a real stir in philanthropy when we released it in 2009. The 18

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