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Celebrating Ben & Jerry’s Foundation

posted on: July 10, 2014

Danilo LopezThis is the second in a series of four blog posts celebrating the work of the 2014 NCRP Impact Awards winners. Stay tuned for the next installments, plus an upcoming video recap of the awards ceremony.

On June 9, Vermont’s Ben & Jerry’s Foundation received the 2014 NCRP Impact Award for Corporate Foundation. Ben & Jerry’s embodies the belief that lasting change occurs when the people most affected by a problem are put in positions of power to solve it. Organizer Danilo Lopez is one man who has become a partner to the foundation, effecting change in both his own life and his community.

In 2011, Danilo, a migrant worker, was a passenger in a car pulled over by Vermont

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Celebrating Liberty Hill Foundation

posted on: July 8, 2014

CHIRLAThis is the first in a series of four blog posts celebrating the work of the 2014 NCRP Impact Awards winners. Stay tuned for the next installments, plus an upcoming video recap of the awards ceremony.

On June 9, Los Angeles’ Liberty Hill Foundation received the 2014 NCRP Impact Award for Grantmaking Public Charity. Liberty Hill is known for the real impact it’s having on the lives of domestic workers in California, and gave crucial support to the nonprofit organizations behind the 2014 California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights (also known as AB 241). Andrea Guadarrama is among the thousands of domestic workers whose lives have been touched by the foundation’s work.

When Andrea first came to Los Angeles, she

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On the 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act, Foundations Must Be ‘Freedom Funders’ Once Again

posted on: July 2, 2014

Lyndon_Johnson_signing_Civil_Rights_Act,_July_2,_1964By: Benjamin Todd Jealous and Aaron Dorfman

This post first appeared in The Root on June 23, 2014.

July 2nd marks the 50th anniversary of perhaps the most far-reaching emancipatory reform in American history—passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In the coming months, many in our nation will rightly honor the heroes of the civil rights movement whose courage and leadership helped secure passage of this seminal piece of legislation.

And as we honor the movement’s activists and organizers, we must not forget to also recognize the handful of bold foundations that provided important financial support for the movement in the decade preceding this major victory.

Four in particular stood out as champions of civil rights at

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Where Should William Penn Spend Its Dollars? Philadelphians Weigh In on Facebook!

posted on: June 27, 2014

William Penn graphUpon the launch of Philamplify, we asked Facebook users from the Philadelphia region for their input on the grantmaking of the William Penn Foundation, one of the first foundations we assessed. Considering that the William Penn Foundation will award $90 million in grants in this year alone, we posed the question, “Where would you like to see that money go?” Some 110 individuals submitted comments and highlighted issues of importance to Philadelphians, including the three priorities of the foundation: education, the arts, and watershed amenities.

The feedback pointed to strong concerns in thematic areas such as education and public schools. Among the online remarks, 93 comments sounded calls for investment in Philadelphia schools, including support for technology, educational

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New Philamplify Reports Look at The California Endowment and Daniels Fund

posted on: June 25, 2014

Philamplify-Logos-Color-VerticalPhilamplify has struck a chord among so many of you. We appreciate the outpouring of support and encouragement.

I am pleased to share the newest Philamplify assessments, which examine Denver’s Daniels Fund and Los Angeles’ The California Endowment.

Both of these foundations are already doing important work on a broad range of issues. The California Endowment is pioneering a comprehensive approach to better health outcomes, and has already seen national results. The Daniels Fund is renowned for its scholarship program, which provides low-income students with educational opportunities.

As we highlight such effective approaches in grantmaking we also identify areas for improvement. Philamplify offers a holistic examination of operational practices and serves as inspiration for philanthropists who seek to successfully

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Philanthropy News Watch – 6/16 – 6/20

posted on: June 21, 2014

Here’s a roundup of some of this week’s interesting news and postings on philanthropy and nonprofits:

How Philanthropy Can Help Fix Democracy
Gary Bass | The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The professor and the pop star
Public Health Magazine

 Stop telling rich folks to give more to charity
Benjamin Soskis | Washington Post

Donor-Advised Funds Have Strategic Plans, Vanguard Charitable Reports
PND News Alert

Why We Can’t Wait: Women of Color Urge Inclusion in “My Brother’s Keeper”
African American Policy Forum


Follow NCRP on Twitter (@ncrp) to receive news and other information from the philanthropy and nonprofit communities.


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

posted on: June 16, 2014

Freedom_Funders_CoverPageFifty 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 recognition of the continued relevance of this landmark legislation – and the work still left to do to end discrimination and injustice of all kinds – NCRP today released “Freedom Funders: Philanthropy and the Civil Rights Movement, 1955-1965.”

Written by expert researcher Sean Dobson, “Freedom Funders” takes an analytical lens to the specific strategies that made the Civil Rights Movement a success, including everything from grassroots and organizing tactics to the necessary question of funding. In particular, it addresses the impact of

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