2015 Events Calendar

May 28

Center for American Progress
Toward a More Perfect Union: Bringing Criminal Justice Reform to Our Communities

Welcoming remarks:

Winnie Stachelberg, Executive Vice President for External Affairs, Center for American Progress

Opening remarks:

Pastor Michael McBride, Director of Urban Strategies and Lifelines to Healing Campaign, PICO National Network

Featured presenter:

Heather Ann Thompson, Associate Professor, Departments of African American Studies and History, Temple University

Featured panelists:

Reverend Heber Marvin Brown II, Pleasant Hope Baptist Church, North Baltimore 

Judith M. Conti, Federal Advocacy Coordinator, National Employment Law Project

Ronald L. Davis, Director, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, U.S. Department of Justice

Alicia Garza, Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter

Moderated by:

Todd A. Cox, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

The United States is the world’s leader in incarceration, with 2.2 million people currently in the nation’s prisons or jails. Mass incarceration and overcriminalization have particularly affected communities of color, which make up more than 60 percent of the population behind bars. And nationally, 70 million and 100 million—or one in three Americans—now have a criminal record, which can serve as a barrier to many of the basic building blocks of economic security and mobility, such as employment and housing. These trends have become major drivers of poverty; if not for mass incarceration and the criminal records that can haunt people for decades thereafter, our nation’s poverty rate would have dropped by one-fifth between 1980 and 2004. Recent events in cities across the nation have highlighted the lack of opportunity, inequities, and challenges confronting many of our communities, raised serious questions about police practices, and helped fuel the need for comprehensive criminal justice reform.

Please join the Center for American Progress for a discussion of how we can begin to reverse the trend of overcriminalization of people of color and address its lasting consequences, including reforming policing practices and removing barriers to opportunity for people with criminal records.

May 19-21

Center for Effective Philanthropy
Biennial Conference: Leading Effective Organizations

Executive Director Aaron Dorfman will attend this conference with foundation leaders from across the country. He will give a presentation on how to approach evaluating overall foundation effectiveness. He will be joined by Jara Dean-Coffey, principal and founder of jdcPartnerships, Brian Quinn, assistant vice president of research-evaluation-learning at Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Amber Bradley, director of assessment tools at The Center for Effective Philanthropy.

Register now (limited slots available).

May 19
San Francisco, CA

NCRP Impact Awards
Center for Effective Philanthropy Biennial Conference

During a reception with NCRP member organizations, staff, board and other philanthropic leaders, NCRP will honor five foundations that exemplify high impact philanthropy. These foundations support organizations that promote systems change and empower underserved communities, are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and demonstrate leadership around these practices.

May 12-14
New Orleans, LA

Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy
2015 National Conference

Research & Policy Associate Ryan Schlegel will represent NCRP and join young philanthropic professionals at Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy’s conference for developing leaders for social change. The conference will focus on how emerging leaders can be change agents with a mind toward their communities.

May 5-7
Asheville, NC

W.K. Kellogg Foundation
America Healing Conference

Field Director Jeanné Isler will join W.K. Kellogg Foundation partners and allies from across the country to discuss strategies to combat systemic injustice and engage in collective racial healing. She will lead an Open Space session about implicit bias in philanthropy during the conference.

May 4-6
Shakopee, MN

Native Americans in Philanthropy
2015 Native Philanthropy Institute

Executive Director Aaron Dorfman will speak at Native Americans in Philanthropy’s annual meeting about how Philamplify is providing feedback to hold philanthropy to higher standards of transparency and accountability. Foundation leaders in attendance will have the opportunity to discuss what practices they hope to see become the norm in philanthropy and how to go about making those changes.

Apr. 30
Des Moines, IA

Iowa Council on Foundations 

NCRP Field Director Jeanné Isler will be the featured guest speaker at the Iowa Council on Foundation’s annual meeting. She will discuss findings from the first five Philamplify assessments, plus what NCRP has learned about the challenges and opportunities that foundations and their grantees face around sharing honest feedback with one another. The session will engage members of the Iowa Council of Foundations in reflecting on their own experiences with grantee feedback and provide exercises to help members practice initiating these difficult conversations with one another and with grantees.

Apr. 26-28
San Francisco, CA

Council on Foundations

Executive Director Aaron Dorfman, Senior Director of Research & Policy Niki Jagpal and Field Director Jeanné Isler will attend this national convening of foundation leaders. Both Aaron and Niki will be presenting at the conference. Daniel Lee, Executive Director of the Levi Strauss Foundation and NCRP board member, will join Niki in a PechaKucha presentation about multi-issue advocacy and cultivating nonprofit leadership. Aaron will present with Dr. Bob Ross, president & CEO of the California Endowment, Sherece West-Scantlebury, president & CEO of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, and Rev. Starsky Wilson, president & CEO of the Deaconess Foundation about foundation leaders going beyond being neutral conveners, and instead taking stances on important issues. He will also be on a panel about investing in community leaders as a means of achieving policy change, moderated by Jen Rice, Director of Community Strategies at the Humboldt Area Foundation.

Apr. 25
San Francisco, CA

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy
Celebrating 25 Years

Executive Director Aaron Dorfman and Field Director Jeanné Isler will join AAPIP as marks 25 years of impactful work in philanthropy. They will celebrate executive director Peggy Saika’s receipt of the Banyan Tree Award to honor her thirteen years of service with AAPIP.

Apr. 23-25
Napa, CA

Association of Black Foundation Executives

Field Director Jeanné Isler will join leaders in philanthropy from across the country at this annual convening. Participants in the conference will take a close look at how philanthropic strategies can support community organizing and build leadership and power, especially in light of current events in Ferguson, MO.

Apr. 22
Oakland, CA

Executives' Alliance to Expand Opportunities for Boys and Men of Color 

Executive Director Aaron Dorfman will come together with allies and representatives from the 38 foundations that have committed to supporting boys and men of color at this convening. The conversation will review the priority outcomes set by the alliance last year and explore opportunities for place- based funding and police reform.

Mar. 30-31
New York, NY

Talent Philanthropy Project
Advisory Council Meeting

As a member of the advisory council for the Talent Philanthropy Project, Field Director Jeanné Isler will attend the council’s first meeting. The group will discuss goals and outcomes for the project, and develop plans to better equip philanthropy to invest in the future of nonprofit leaders and their performance.

Mar. 23 
12:30-1:30PM EST

Cultivating Leadership in Movement Building

Tune in with NCRP as we spark a conversation about how leadership development opportunities lead to unexpected relationships and create cross-sector collaboration. These relationships have the potential to disrupt the status quo and create transformative progressive change in our society, yet they are woefully underfunded by philanthropy.

Use the #ncrpchat and #cultivatenonprofitleaders hashtags on Twitter to engage with the panelists and other attendees, including @TWI_2022, @MSConthemove, @STPtweeting and @ncrp.

Featured Speakers:

  • Pia Infante, Co-Executive Director, Whitman Institute
  • Taj James, Executive Director, Movement Strategy Center
  • Jodie Tonita, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Social Transformation Project
  • Ryan Schlegel, Research and Policy Associate, NCRP (moderator)
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Mar. 16-18
National Harbor, MD

Grant Managers Network
10th Anniversary Conference

Field Director Jeanné Isler will represent NCRP at this convening of national grant managers and foundation professionals. Alongside Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat, president and CEO of the Washington Area Women’s Foundation and Janece Kleban, Vice President, Developmet for Goodwill of Greater Washington, she will give a presentation on NCRP’s The Philanthropic Landscape. These four fact sheets explain the state of our sector’s work on general operating support, multi-year support, support for marginalized communities and support for social justice strategies.

Mar. 5 
3:00PM EST

Moving Policy with Philanthropy: Funding Activism in the Immigrant Rights Movement

Join NCRP in bringing together progressive foundations and nonprofits to discuss how they have been able to move a policy agenda based on immigrant rights on the state and national levels. We will discuss how past work brought about President Obama’s Executive Order and how foundations and nonprofits can continue the momentum for additional policy wins.

Use the #ncrpchat and #immigrationreform hashtags on Twitter to engage with the panelists and other attendees, including @communitychange, @haasjrfund, @carnegiecorp and @ncrp.

Featured Speakers:

Webinar Materials:

Feb. 25

Arizona Grantmakers Forum
OneAZ Local Funders Dinner and Program

Together with our partners the Arizona Grantmakers Forum, Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation and Neighborhood Funders Group, NCRP Senior Fellow Dan Petegorsky will help lead a gathering to further cultivate relationships between local and national funders, and to strengthen the work of civic engagement in Arizona. The partners will host a dinner for a small group of local funders interested in funding OneAZ and other civic engagement organizing, and a small group of national funders that support OneAZ and are interested in working with local funding partners.

Feb. 25

Arizona Grantmakers Forum
Funder Conversation and Learning on Civic Participation in Arizona

Leaders from Arizona Grantmakers Forum, Neighborhood Funders Group, Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation and NCRP Senior Fellow Dan Petegorsky will lead a gathering to further cultivate relationships between local and national funders, and to strengthen the work of civic engagement in Arizona. The partners will host a brown bag lunch and training session with local and national funders on approaches to local civic engagement funding, offering best practices, both locally and at the national level. Training will be that of the FCCP and NCRP curriculum, which is launching in early 2015, and will be tailored to Arizona grantmakers to build upon the work in this area that Arizona Grantmakers Forum has done thus far

Jan. 30-31
Washington, DC

SOME: So Others May Eat
Annual Convening

Field Assistant Lia Weintraub will give a presentation on “Tough Conversations That Strengthen Funder Nonprofit Partnerships.” This interactive event will focus on the tough conversations that nonprofits should have with funders in order to strengthen their partnerships and overcome barriers that can hurt partnerships. She will draw on NCRP’s research and experiences with nonprofits and foundations from across the country, including NCRP’s Criteria for Philanthropy at Its Best.


Washington, DC

SOME: So Others May Eat
Annual Convening

Research and Policy Assistant Ryan Schlegel will give a presentation on the topic of “How CanNonprofits Get More Funding for Social Change?” He will draw from content in NCRP The Philanthropic Landscape Fact Sheets and NCRP’s “Seizing the Moment” white paper.


Jan. 29-30
Orlando, FL

Florida Philanthropic Network
2015 Statewide Summit on Philanthropy

NCRP's Executive Director Aaron Dorfman and Senior Field Associate Christine Reeves will join Florida's grantmakers. Mr. Dorfman will give a plenary talk, "Civil Discourse? Progressive vs. Conservative Philanthropy." Ms. Reeves will help lead a conversation for the pre-conference dinner on emerging leadership in philanthropy.

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Jan. 28
1:00PM EST

Tools for Social Change: The National Equity Atlas

During this webinar, our speakers will take you on a tour of the Atlas and reveal how foundations can employ equity data and policy strategies to foster inclusive growth. Learn how to share this tool with your grantees to strengthen their work and advance your own equity agenda. Exchange ideas with the speakers about how data on changing demographics can advance the conversations and boost strategies needed to build an equitable economy.

Use the #ncrpchat and #equityatlas hashtags on Twitter to engage with the panelists and other attendees, including @PERE_USC @policylink and @NCRP

Featured Speakers:

  • Niki Jagpal,Research and Policy Director, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (moderator)
  • Tarza Mitchell, Public Policy Analyst, NC Budget and Tax Center of the NC Justice Center
  • Justin Scroggins, Data Manager, USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity
  • Nonet T. Sykes, Senior Associate, Race Equity and Inclusion Talent & Leadership Development, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Sarah Treuhaft, Deputy Director, PolicyLink
Webinar Materials:

Jan. 15
2:30PM EST

Fueling the Movement: How Foundations can Support the Fight for Racial Equity

Join NCRP and our esteemed panelists as we explore what foundations can do in response to recent events in Ferguson, New York City and across the country. Hear from grassroots organizers who have been on the ground in the movement about what type of support they need to be successful. Learn funding strategies for supporting the leadership organizations in the movement. And discuss how your foundation can be involved beyond giving grants.

Use the #ncrpchat #ferguson #blacklivesmatter hashtags on Twitter to engage with the panelists and other attendees:@aliciagarza @tymcharris @ZachWNorris @ReverendStarsky.

Featured Speakers:

  • Alicia Garza, Special Projects Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance and Creator, #blacklivesmatter
  • Tynesha Mcharris, Director of Community Leadership, Brooklyn Community Foundation
  • Zachary Norris, Executive Director, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
  • Rev. Starsky Wilson, President & CEO, Deaconess Foundation and Co-Chair of the Ferguson Commission
  • Aaron Dorfman, Executive Director, NCRP (moderator) 

Webinar Materials:

Jan. 9
3:00PM EST

EPIP/NCRP Webinar Supersized Imbalance: Post-2014 Election, What Foundations Should Know

Philanthropy cannot work in a silo or vacuum; philanthropy and the communities it serves are influenced by policy and elections. At the start of 2015, state legislatures will be in full swing with plenty of interesting policy issues on the table. Join us as experts demonstrate effective tools for understanding 4 contemporary policy issues. Plus, we will hear from a foundation that is using data-centric tools to bolster their agenda.

Free for EPIP & NCRP Members, $10 for Nonmembers

Featured Speakers:

  • Christine Reeves, Senior Field Associate, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy & Board Member, EPIP (Moderator)
  • Edwin Bender, Executive Director, National Institute of Money in State Politics
  • Bert Brandenberg, Executive Director, Justice at Stake
  • Tara Malloy, Senior Counsel, Campaign Legal Center
  • Daniel Stid, Director of the Madison Initative, William & Flora Hewlett Foundation

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