Strengthening Democracy With Philanthropy
posted on: January 24, 2013
By Yna C. Moore
I am excited to announce the release of the winter 2012/13 issue of Responsive Philanthropy. The underlying theme across the featured articles is philanthropy’s role in promoting and strengthening democracy in the country. The new year is an opportunity for many of us to think about what we can do better, and I hope you will find nuggets of wisdom and inspiration from the pages of the quarterly journal.
- Supporting Litigation and Legal Advocacy: The Lessons of Citizens United
In the cover story, John F. Kowal, vice president for programs at New York University School of Law’s Brennan Center for Justice, examines the strategies used by the conservative movement to successfully move the courts to the right. He argues that those in philanthropy seeking to overturn or mitigate the fallout from Citizens United have much to learn from the conservative playbook.
- What America Needs Now from Foundations
NCRP Executive Director Aaron Dorfman invokes Martin Luther King Jr.’s “urgency of now” to issue a wake-up call to foundations, highlighting the pressing need to address inequity and injustice. He asks, “How can we in the philanthropic sector contribute to expanding democracy to include everyone?”
- Challenge and Hope: Philanthropy and Community Democracy
Peter Pennekamp, executive director emeritus of the Humboldt Area Foundation, and Anne Focke, senior advisor with the Giving Practice of Philanthropy Northwest, write about how a community democracy approach can help foundations be more successful at supporting public policy and social change. They offer actionable tips for effective grassroots engagement in addressing pressing social problems.
- Boosting Philanthropic Impact Through Mission Investments
Tracy Kartye, director of social investments at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, offers a glimpse of the foundation’s efforts to leverage its endowment in pursuit of its mission to create better futures for the country’s disadvantaged children. She shares how the foundation monitors financial and social impact, and notes emerging challenges to mission investing.
- Member Spotlight: Bauman Foundation
Meet this D.C.-based grantmaker that funds nonprofit advocacy across the country.
You can view articles from previous issues, which are available for free on the Responsive Philanthropy Article Archive.
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