National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy Announces 2013 Community Foundation Hall of Fame

Sep 19, 2013, 10:00 ET from National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

12 community foundations to be recognized during the Council on Foundations Conference

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) will showcase the work of 12 community foundations from across the country during an interactive session at the Council on Foundations conference in San Diego next week.

The 12 foundations that have been chosen for The Community Foundation Hall of Fame for their outstanding work and success in 10 categories that other grantmakers can replicate in their own organizations are:


California Community Foundation, led by Antonia Hernández, President & CEO
For Championing Immigration Reform

East Bay Community Foundation, led by Deborah Alvarez-Rodriguez, Interim President & CEO

For Convening Leaders of Disparate Groups

Marin Community Foundation, led by Thomas Peters, President & CEO
 For Commissioning Research on Disparities

Silicon Valley Community Foundation, led by Emmett D. Carson, President & CEO
For Fighting Predatory Pay-Day Lenders


Foundation for Louisiana, led by Flozell Daniels, President & CEO
For Investing in Citizen Engagement

Greater New Orleans Foundation, led by Albert Ruesga, President & CEO

For Promoting Equity In Rebuilding


Boston Foundation, led by Paul S. Grogan, President and CEO

For Winning Transportation Equity


Minnesota Community Foundation, led by President & CEO Carleen Rhodes

In collaboration with additional funders, including:

  • Minneapolis Foundation, led by President & CEO Sandra Vargas
  • Saint Paul Foundation, also led by President & CEO Carleen Rhodes

For Increasing Giving

New York

North Star Fund, led by Hugh Hogan, Executive Director

For Reaching the Grassroots after Disasters


Cleveland Foundation, led by Ron Richards, President & CEO

For Leveraging Reputation for LGBTQ Equality

"These community foundations are truly inspiring. They show what great things we can all accomplish together when grantmaking strategies are grounded in justice and when community foundations are courageous enough to stand up for those with the least wealth, opportunity and power,"  said Aaron Dorfman, executive director of NCRP. "I hope that others in philanthropy – those from community foundations and other grantmaking institutions – will learn from the stories featured here and think of the possibilities for their organizations."

The foundations were selected by NCRP staff, following an open call for public nominations.  

During the session at the Council on Foundation's conference in San Diego on May 23, the audience will pick three success stories from one of the 12 community foundations that they would like to learn more about. During a small group activity, participants will get the chance to "reverse-engineer" these successes and apply what they've learned on their own work.

Aaron Dorfman will be joined by co-presenters Antonia Hernandez, president and CEO of the California Community Foundation, and Flozell Daniels, president and CEO of Foundation for Louisiana.

To learn more about The Community Foundation Hall of Fame and the initiatives of the honorees that garnered them the recognition, visit:

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

SOURCE National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy