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Philanthropy 3.0: The Value of Fundamental Change

posted on: July 31, 2014

Land titles distribution ODISHABy Christine Grumm

Philanthropists always try to maximize their impact.

That’s why we have the maxim, “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

I call this the move from Philanthropy 1.0, which seeks quick fixes, to Philanthropy 2.0, which is about addressing a skills gap. While both approaches to philanthropy without a doubt are necessary, one obviously has longer lasting impact and a higher return on investment.

Continuing this line of thinking and the search for ever greater returns on investment, philanthropists, myself included, are moving towards Philanthropy 3.0. That is: philanthropy that makes durable structural changes in society – changing the very

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NCRP Calls on IRS to Investigate Otto Bremer Foundation

posted on: July 30, 2014

BremerBankIn response to the ongoing suspicious, and potentially illegal, behavior of the three trustees of Minnesota’s Otto Bremer Foundation, NCRP is now asking the IRS to investigate and take action if needed. NCRP’s executive director Aaron Dorfman sent a letter to IRS director for exempt organizations Tamera Ripperda detailing the many red flags among the trustees’ activities.

NCRP’s investigation was prompted by an incident in early June, when Otto Bremer Foundation trustees S. Brian Lipschultz, Charlotte Johnson and Daniel Reardon pushed out their executive director and named themselves co-CEOs. NCRP examined the foundation’s IRS tax records to find that this ousting was only the latest in a series of troubling decisions.

Dorfman’s letter outlines the escalating situation. The foundation’s new

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

posted on: July 25, 2014

Woodruff_WhitedFounded 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 Emory University, the Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center and the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center at Ichauway, demonstrating its dedication to education, culture and conservation. Yet, with 82 percent of its assets ($2.3 billion of $2.8 billion) invested in the Coca-Cola Company, the Woodruff Foundation maintains a risky investment strategy, which compromises its ability to accomplish its mission.

NCRP’s recent Philamplify assessment of the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation recommended that the Woodruff Foundation diversify its holdings to allow for more flexible and strategic

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“Banning the Box” in Georgia and Beyond

posted on: July 18, 2014

Georgia Justice Project - Lobby Day 2014This post discusses the May 2014 Philamplify Foundation Assessment, “Robert W. Woodruff Foundation – Will Atlanta’s Quiet Changemaker Adapt to 21st Century Opportunities?

On July 14, the D.C. City Council unanimously voted to “Ban the Box,” which prevents employers from asking an applicant to indicate whether s/he has been convicted of a felony in application forms.

This small but significant change could not happen in a vacuum, and in the District’s case, is largely due to the work of area nonprofit the Employment Justice Center. In turn, EJC is supported alike by legal assistance from prominent law firms and funding from grantmaking institutions such as the Washington Area Women’s Foundation and the Public Welfare Foundation.

Further, this

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Do Foundations Seeking Policy Change Need Community Roots? (Part 1)

posted on: July 16, 2014

Lumina FoundationThis is the first of a two-part series looking at the balance between policy leadership and support for grassroots voices. Part two will look at the grantmaking of The California Endowment.

In a recent op-ed in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, NCRP founder Pablo Eisenberg contends that major foundations are exacerbating inequality through their support of large and “elite” institutions such as universities and hospitals, with little funding going to more grassroots organizations seeking social change. He adds:

“Meanwhile, big foundations like Gates, Broad, Walton, and Lumina have become energetic players in trying to shape national and regional public policies. Using the power of their money and political contacts, these institutions are increasingly diminishing the voice of poor and vulnerable

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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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