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Sharing the Hard Decisions: How Co-Leaders Can Do More Together

posted on: April 16, 2015

WorkTogetherBy: Frances Kunreuther

Editor’s Note: This piece is the fifth 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.

NCRP’s new report, Cultivating Nonprofit Leadership, is an important addition to the philanthropic sector, making the case for why social change funders should invest in leadership development.

At the Building Movement Project, we have written about generational shifts, what makes a good workplace across generations and the challenges facing new social justice leaders. We also have explored the differences between the leadership styles pioneered by the Baby Boom generation – adding extensive input to a traditional

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Cultivating Nonprofit Leadership Webinar: Key Take-Aways

posted on: April 14, 2015

SS Cover 2This post first appeared on The Whitman Institute’s blog on March 25, 2015.

By Teju Adisa-Farrar

Yesterday, NCRP hosted Cultivating Leadership in Movement Building, a webinar designed to accompany the recent release of their report, Cultivating Nonprofit Leadership: A (Missed?) Philanthropic Opportunity. Ryan Schlegel, who co-authored the report, moderated and the speakers were Jodie Tonita, Pia Infante and Taj James. Each speaker discussed why cultivating leadership in the realm of social impact is so important — whether you are a funder, intermediary, or nonprofit. While they raised many interesting points, I want to highlight a few key take-aways that resonated with me:

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Should Foundations Use Their Investment Muscle to Advocate?

posted on: April 10, 2015

Indianapolis-Star-FIXThis week, the Indiana State Legislature’s decision to pass a “religious freedom” law that would ultimately allow business owners to discriminate against LGBTQ patrons has rightly been met with strong condemnation and calls to boycott the state.

At least one major grantmaker is not only condemning the action, but also using its investment muscle to exhort Indiana leaders to reverse course. In a letter to Anthem, Inc., an Indianapolis-based health insurer, Dr. Robert Ross, president and CEO of The California Endowment, wrote, in part:

“As a health foundation, we are also profoundly troubled by the negative implications for the health and safety of employees, customers and residents of any state enacting policies allowing discrimination against LGBT people. The very

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Shifting Power Dynamics by Fostering Community Leadership Development

posted on: April 9, 2015

CASAdeMarylandBy: Gustavo Torres

Editor’s Note: This piece is the fourth 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.

Movements for social justice are framed by power and often call for a change in power dynamics, both from within the movement and outside of it. Historically, in the movement for immigrant rights and fair immigration reform, power has been held by groups hostile to the emergence of diverse, thriving communities living free from discrimination and fear. Because the structures and institutions that govern us are built to exclude those with the least power and deny them a voice in

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Announcing the Winners of the 2015 NCRP Impact Awards

posted on: April 7, 2015

NCRP-logo-color-with-tagline-2015Hundreds of foundations were nominated for the 2015 NCRP Impact Awards in recognition of their high-impact philanthropy – the largest pool of nominees since we launched the awards in 2013. Now, the wait to learn the winners is over! Join us in congratulating these five inspiring grantmakers:

Awardee for Corporate Foundation
Blue Shield of California Foundation

The state’s largest private funder of domestic violence prevention and services, Blue Shield of California Foundation is also known for its work to making health care accessible for underserved communities in the state of California. In 2014, the foundation launched its Domestic Violence and Health Care Partnerships Initiative, breaking the silo between these two often unconnected issues by pairing domestic violence organizations and community

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The Promise and Potential of Place-Based Leadership Programs

posted on: April 2, 2015

LS Participants Team-BuildingBy Cynthia A. Chavez

Editor’s Note: This piece is the third 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.

In the early 1990s, I had an inspiring mentor, Dr. Norm Brown, then-President of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Dr. Brown was a great believer in the value of nonprofit leadership development. He encouraged me to participate in a variety of such national programs. Dr. Brown also enthusiastically introduced me to the concept of place-based leadership development. His excitement was contagious: for 15 years now, I have been at the helm of LeaderSpring, an Oakland, California-based organization that explores

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Why Should Foundations Serving Marginalized Communities Focus Explicitly on Equity?

posted on: March 31, 2015

EquityThis post first appeared in the Nonprofit Quarterly on March 17, 2015.

A recent Washington Post series on black homeownership contained startling national statistics: The net worth of the typical African American family declined by one-third between 2010 and 2013, significantly more than white or Hispanic families in the same period. It also noted that the “top half of African American families” has been left with less than half the wealth they possessed in 2007, compared to the 14 percent decline experienced by white families. Ultimately, the series reported, “the typical African American family was left with about eight cents for every dollar of wealth held by whites.”

In the midst of frequent reports like this one and an

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