How Inclusiveness in Philanthropy Can Boost Effectiveness

"Responsive Philanthropy" looks at intercultural competence in philanthropy, Native American organizing and strategic philanthropy

May 09, 2013, 11:00 ET from National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

WASHINGTON, May 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP; released today the spring issue of "Responsive Philanthropy" (  This edition of the quarterly journal includes articles on the benefits of diversity in philanthropy, breaking silos to address social issues, and an inspiring story of small nonprofits winning big for their communities

Changing the Culture of Philanthropy in Michigan

In the cover story, Vicki Rosenberg shares examples of how initiatives to bring diversity and inclusion to local philanthropy have improved foundation practices as well as engagement with grantees and their communities. She uses examples from Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Kalamazoo Community Foundation and W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

How Underfunded Native American Nonprofits Beat the Odds to Protect Water Rights

NCRP's Lisa Ranghelli interviews Jihan Gearon of the Black Mesa Water Coalition about how a group of Native nonprofits beat powerful senators' efforts to misappropriate water rights. Gearon talks about what strategies they used in their campaign and how philanthropy can better support indigenous organizing.

Building Bridges: The Power of Multi-Issue Advocacy and Organizing

Niki Jagpal, research and policy director at NCRP, discusses the importance of breaking silos in addressing health, environment, education and other complex social issues our communities are facing today. She urges grantmakers to utilize strategic philanthropy with a social justice lens to maximize the impact of their grants.

This issue of "Responsive Philanthropy" also highlights the work of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (, an association of more than 600 community-based organizations that promote access to basic banking services for working families across the country.

These articles, along with articles from previous issues, are available for free on the "Responsive Philanthropy Article Archive" ( Hardcopy subscriptions to "Responsive Philanthropy" are complimentary for NCRP members and cost $25 for non-members.

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

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