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Philanthropy's Promise Marks its 2nd Year Anniversary with 165 Foundations Dedicated to Strengthening Communities

40 new foundations sign pledge to prioritize marginalized groups, support social justice

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Foundations representing nearly $3.76 billion in annual giving are signed on to Philanthropy's Promise, a national effort to prioritize the needs of and empower low-income people, communities of color, the elderly and other underserved populations, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy announced today.

Some 40 foundations joined during the past year, including Marin Community Foundation, United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta and The Skillman Foundation.

"Many of our neighbors continue to struggle with poverty, injustice and lack of opportunities, and philanthropy needs to be a part of solving these tough issues," said Aaron Dorfman, executive director of NCRP. "Foundations that have signed on to Philanthropy's Promise understand that philanthropy should not only be focused on treating the symptoms of injustice, but also empowering underserved populations so that they are part of addressing the root causes of social problems."

Higher Impact, Stronger Communities.

Many nonprofits rely on foundation grants to help fund a broad range of programs that address pressing community needs.

In his public statement in support of Philanthropy's Promise, Thomas Peter, president and CEO of Marin Community Foundation, which gave $59 million in grants in 2012, said, "The high cost of housing leaves many families in Marin with less to spend on good, child care and health care, and less to invest in savings. Fewer than one in five of Marin's African American or Latino high school graduates complete coursework required to be ready for college or other post-secondary education options. One in five people go to bed hungry every night." Peter continued, "We believe in the change agents. The people who don't simply shrug their shoulders and accept things as they are, but the ones who take action."

"We have fully embraced a role of catalyst for leveraging the collective impact of leaders in the voluntary, public, corporate and civic communities to achieve better outcomes in neighborhoods facing the most significant challenges," said Milton Little Jr., president and CEO of United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, in his organization's statement. "The United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta recognizes that creating pathways that empower families, individuals and youth to achieve financial stability, health and education are critical to creating a better quality of life for everyone in our service area." The organization gave $83 million in grants in 2011.

"Most of our funding goes to work happening in six Detroit neighborhoods with high numbers of children. These underserved communities of color faced decades of disinvestment and a range of related challenges, yet community leaders continue to work hard to improve the lives of children," said Tonya Allen, CEO of The Skillman Foundation, which granted more than $17 million in 2011, in her foundation's statement in support of the initiative. "We are proud to invest in these areas and to work closely, as an embedded funder, with these inspiring resident and local organizations. … We make grants to groups promoting good, equitable policy, including local neighborhood associations, citywide education and youth organizing efforts and state-level advocacy organizations."

About Philanthropy's Promise

NCRP launched Philanthropy's Promise in 2011 with 64 grantmakers that had made commitments to allocate at least 50 percent of their grant dollars to explicitly benefit underserved populations and 25 percent towards supporting advocacy, community organizing and civic engagement to come up with long-term solutions to tough social problems. This month, NCRP is celebrating the initiative's second anniversary.

Grantmakers that have signed on to Philanthropy's Promise include large and small foundations from across the country. These consist of private foundations, family foundations, corporate foundations, community foundations and other grantmaking public charities with a broad range of issues they care about, such as solving poverty and homelessness, promoting LGBTQ equality and women's rights, and fighting environmental injustice.

A complete list of grantmakers signed on to Philanthropy's Promise, along with their public statements explaining why they joined and a video about the initiative, is available at www.philanthropyspromise.org. You can also follow the initiative on Twitter using the hashtag #PhilanthropysPromise.

The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy in Washington, D.C., is a national watchdog, research and advocacy organization that promotes philanthropy that serves the public good, is responsive to people and communities with the least wealth and opportunity, and is held accountable to the highest standards of integrity and openness. Visit www.ncrp.org.

 

Complete List of Grantmakers Signed on to Philanthropy's Promise

FOUNDATION NAME

STATE

Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham

AL

Southern Partners Fund

AL

Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, The

AR

Akonadi Foundation

CA

Blue Shield of California Foundation

CA

California Community Foundation

CA

California Endowment, The

CA

Christensen Fund

CA

Common Counsel Foundation

CA

Compton Foundation, Inc.

CA

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

CA

East Bay Community Foundation

CA

Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund

CA

French American Charitable Trust

CA

Fund for Santa Barbara, Inc.

CA

Global Fund for Women

CA

Groundswell Fund

CA

Hispanics in Philanthropy

CA

International Development Exchange (IDEX)

CA

John M. Lloyd Foundation

CA

Kapor Center for Social Impact (formerly Mitchell Kapor Foundation, The)

CA

Keith and Judy Swayne Family Foundation

CA

Levi Strauss Foundation

CA

Liberty Hill Foundation

CA

Marin Community Foundation

CA

McCune Foundation

CA

McKay Foundation, The

CA

Penney Family Fund

CA

Pfund Foundation

CA

Rappaport Family Foundation

CA

Rosenberg Foundation

CA

San Diego Foundation for Change

CA

San Francisco Foundation, The

CA

Silicon Valley Community Foundation

CA

Tides Foundation

CA

United Way of Greater Los Angeles

CA

United Way of the Bay Area

CA

Walter & Elise Haas Fund

CA

Whitman Institute

CA

Women Donors Network

CA

Women's Foundation of California

CA

Women's Funding Network

CA

Full Circle Fund

CA

Chinook Fund

CO

General Service Foundation

CO

Global Greengrants Fund

CO

Connecticut Health Foundation

CT

Fairfield County Community Foundation

CT

Fund for Women and Girls

CT

AIDS United

DC

Arca Foundation, The

DC

Consumer Health Foundation

DC

Discount Foundation, The

DC

Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation

DC

Hill-Snowdon Foundation

DC

Public Welfare Foundation, Inc.

DC

Wallace Global Fund, The

DC

Allegany Franciscan Ministries

FL

Fund for Southern Communities

GA

United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta

GA

Consuelo Foundation

HI

Hawai'i People's Fund

HI

United Way of Central Iowa

IA

Fund for Idaho

ID

3Arts

IL

Crossroads Fund

IL

Libra Foundation

IL

Retirement Research Foundation

IL

Wieboldt Foundation

IL

Woods Fund of Chicago

IL

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky

KY

Foundation for Louisiana (formerly the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation, Inc.)

LA

United Way of Southeast Louisiana

LA

Access Strategies Fund, Inc.

MA

Barbara Lee Family Foundation

MA

Disability Rights Fund

MA

Eos Foundation

MA

Grassroots International, Inc.

MA

Haymarket People's Fund

MA

Hyams Foundation, Inc.

MA

Peace Development Fund

MA

Proteus Fund, Inc.

MA

Solidago Foundation

MA

Women's Fund of Western MA

MA

Boston Women's Fund

MA

Calvert Foundation

MD

Maine Initiatives, Inc.

ME

Semillas (MEXICO)

Mexico

Skillman Foundation

MI

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

MI

Charles K. Blandin Foundation (Formerly The Blandin Foundation)

MN

General Mills Foundation

MN

Headwaters Foundation for Justice

MN

McKnight Foundation, The

MN

Minneapolis Foundation, The

MN

Northwest Area Foundation

MN

Saint Paul Foundation, The

MN

Tiwahe Foundation

MN

Women's Foundation of Minnesota

MN

Foundation for the Mid-South

MS

Gulf Coast Community Foundation

MS

Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust

NC

Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, Inc.

NC

Warner Foundation

NC

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, Inc.

NC

Endowment for Health

NH

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The

NJ

Con Alma HEALTH Foundation

NM

Santa Fe Community Foundation

NM

Abelard Foundation

NY

American Jewish World Service

NY

Arcus Foundation

NY

Daphne Foundation, The

NY

Edward W. Hazen Foundation, Inc., The

NY

Elton John AIDS Foundation, Inc.

NY

Ford Foundation

NY

Funding Exchange, Inc.

NY

H. van Ameringen Foundation, The

NY

Hagedorn Foundation

NY

Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, Inc.

NY

Marie C. and Joseph C. Wilson Foundation

NY

Melville Charitable Trust, The

NY

Ms. Foundation for Women

NY

New World Foundation, The

NY

New York Foundation

NY

New York Women's Foundation

NY

Norman Foundation

NY

North Star Fund, Inc.

NY

NoVo Foundation

NY

Open Society Foundations

NY

Overbrook Foundation, The

NY

Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Inc.

NY

Scherman Foundation, Inc., The

NY

Third Wave Foundation

NY

Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock and its Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program, The

NY

United Way of New York

NY

van Ameringen Foundation, Inc., The

NY

Wallace Foundation, The

NY

Cleveland Foundation

OH

Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation

OH

Needmor Fund, The

OH

Raymond John Wean Foundation, The

OH

Saint Luke's Foundation

OH

Toledo Community Foundation

OH

McKenzie River Gathering Foundation

OR

Meyer Memorial Trust

OR

Northwest Health Foundation

OR

Western States Center

OR

FISA Foundation

PA

Pittsburgh Foundation, The

PA

Poise Foundation

PA

Three Rivers Community Foundation

PA

Appalachian Community Fund

TN

A Glimmer of Hope Foundation

TX

Kirkpatrick Family Foundation, The

WA

Marguerite Casey Foundation

WA

Peppercorn Foundation

WA

Potlatch Fund

WA

Pride Foundation, The

WA

Quixote Foundation, Inc.

WA

Social Justice Fund Northwest

WA

Washington Area Women's Foundation

WA

Washington Progress Fund

WA

Women's Funding Alliance

WA

Wisconsin Community Fund

WI

 

Video with caption: "Philanthropy's Promise celebrates many of the country's most innovative and influential grantmaking institutions that seek to maximize the effectiveness of their grants and generate the greatest impact in their communities. Visit at www.philanthropyspromise.org". Video available at: http://youtu.be/PtwEAhwUSUM

SOURCE National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy



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