Consumer Health Foundation, Evelyn & Walter Haas Jr. Fund, Patagonia, Sandler Foundation Named 2016 NCRP Impact Awardees

Philanthropy watchdog group honors grantmakers whose smart philanthropy empowers communities to create real change

Mar 08, 2016, 08:00 ET from National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

WASHINGTON, March 8, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) announced the winners of the 2016 NCRP Impact Awards, which honors foundations in the United States committed to exemplary grantmaking, diversity and inclusion, and empowering and strengthening marginalized communities.

"This year's awardees embody smart philanthropy by empowering the people they serve to create real change," said Jeanné Isler, field director of NCRP. "They're doing important work to leverage their dollars to tackle our society's toughest problems, making visible strides in health, the environment, LGBTQ rights and more."

The NCRP Impact Awards began in 2013 as a way to honor foundations that embody the ideals of high-impact philanthropy. The awardees will be celebrated at a reception during the Grantmakers for Effective Organizations' Conference in Minneapolis on May 3.

Meet the 2016 NCRP Impact Awardees:

  • Consumer Health Foundation, Awardee for Small/Midsized Private Foundation

This Washington, D.C., foundation is dedicated to making a difference in the health of the community. CHF advocates for health and racial equity through programs and investments that advance the health and well-being of low-income communities and communities of color.

  • Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, Awardee for Large Private Foundation

Inspired by the vitality of its hometown of San Francisco, the Haas, Jr. Fund seeks to fulfill its founders' vision of a just and compassionate society where all people have the opportunity to live, work and raise their families with dignity.

  • Patagonia, Awardee for Corporate Foundation

Based in Ventura City, California, Patagonia's grantmaking arm supports small, grassroots, activist organizations with provocative direct-action agendas, working on multi-pronged campaigns to preserve and protect our environment.

  • Sandler Foundation, Awardee for Grantmaking Public Charity

Based in San Francisco, California, Sandler Foundation invests in strategic organizations and exceptional leaders that seek to improve the rights, opportunities and well-being of others, especially the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. Its grantees work to advance policy change and innovative scientific research to improve health.

2016 NCRP Impact Award Reception:

2016 NCRP Impact Awards Reception

Honoring Consumer Health Foundation, Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund,
Patagonia, Sandler Foundation

Philanthropists, foundation and nonprofit leaders, with:

Aaron Dorfman, Executive Director, NCRP
Sherece West-Scantlebury, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation
Adam Fetcher, Patagonia
Steve Daetz, Sandler Foundation
Yanique Redwood, Consumer Health Foundation
Ira S. Hirschfield, Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund

And the Host Committee:

Kelly Drummer, Tiwahe Foundation
Trista Harris, Minnesota Council on Foundations
Sarah Eagle Heart, Native Americans in Philanthropy
Saanii Hernandez, Women's Foundation of Minnesota
Mary Jane Melendez, General Mills Foundation
David Nicholson, Headwaters Foundation for Justice 
Trina Olson, PFund Foundation
Jon Pratt, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
Lee Roper-Batker, Women's Foundation of Minnesota
Kevin Walker, Northwest Area Foundation
Kate Wolford, The McKnight Foundation

Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

May 3, 2016
In Conjunction with Grantmakers for Effective Organizations' National Conference

Space is limited. Register for free to attend at
This event is open to the media.

About NCRP

Since 1976, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy has served as the voice of nonprofits and the communities they serve in philanthropy. Through research and advocacy, NCRP works to ensure that philanthropy contributes in meaningful ways to the creation of a fair, just and equitable world. Visit for more information.


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