Philanthropy Must 'Mobilize for Change' in Black Communities

Nov 28, 2012, 10:56 ET from National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

"Responsive Philanthropy" looks at African American grantmakers, expertise of foundation staff and supporting civic engagement

WASHINGTON, Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP; released today the fall issue of "Responsive Philanthropy"  ( This edition of the quarterly journal looks at African American foundation executives, staffing trends in philanthropy and foundation support for policy engagement.

Responsive Philanthropy in Black Communities

In the cover story, we share excerpts from Karen Kelley-Ariwoola's James A. Joseph Lecture, which she delivered during the Association of Black Foundation Executives' annual conference in April 2012. She urged African American grantmakers to "speak up and stand up for the needs of our black communities" and mobilize for change.

Specialist vs Generalist: A False Dichotomy

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation's Christine Doby and Christine Reeves of NCRP look at the propensity for foundations to prefer one expertise over the other. They offer advice on how specialists and generalists can avoid the common traps that may hinder them from serving their constituents effectively.

Bolder Together: Collaboration to Strengthen Civic Engagement Capacity in California

The California Civic Participation Funders share some lessons from their unique approach to helping nonprofits achieve sustainable policy wins on social justice issues.

This issue of "Responsive Philanthropy" also highlights the work of MALDEF (, the country's leading Latino legal civil rights organization.

These articles, along with articles from previous issues, are available for free on the "Responsive Philanthropy Article Archive" ( Hard copy 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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