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Philanthropy’s Promise

philanthropys-promise-logoPhilanthropy’s Promise is a project of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) that celebrates funders that apply two high impact strategies in their grantmaking: targeting grant dollars to address the needs of underserved communities, and empowering them by funding advocacy, organizing and civic engagement. 

A broad cross-section of the country’s grantmakers – big foundations, small foundations, private foundations, family foundations, corporate foundations, community foundations and other public grantmaking charities – have signed on to this initiative by submitting public statements affirming their intent to meet the goals described below within the next three years:

  • At least 50 percent of their grantmaking explicitly benefits at least one underserved community
  • At least 25 percent of their grantmaking explicitly supports nonprofit advocacy, community organizing and civic engagement. 

Strategy 1: Targeted Universalism

Applying the concept of targeted universalism, many grantmakers that have signed on to Philanthropy’s Promise believe that in prioritizing the needs of underserved populations such as economically disadvantaged people, racial or ethnic minorities, women and girls, people with AIDS, people with disabilities, the elderly, immigrants and refugees, victims of crime or abuse, offenders and ex-offenders, single parents and lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) individuals, we all benefit.

Strategy 2: Policy and Citizen Engagement

The social issues that grantmakers care about involve engaging in public policy to address the root causes of systemic inequity that threaten our democracy. By supporting advocacy, community organizing and civic participation, foundations can become more active agents of positive and lasting change. 

More than 140 grantmakers, including the Noyes Foundation, have signed onto Philanthropy’s Promise.