Now in its fifth year, the program honors grantmakers that practice high-impact philanthropy while seeking to address some of the country's toughest problems, commit to diversity and inclusion, and empower and strengthen marginalized communities.
Awards were made in four categories: Mover and Shaker; Smashing Silos; Changing Course; and Get Up, Stand Up. Selected from a pool of organizations nominated by the public and narrowed by NCRP, the 2017 award winners are the Foundation for Louisiana, which was awarded the Mover and Shaker Award for its efforts to address critical issues in the state, including the removal of Confederate monuments, and advance historic legislation aimed at slashing the state's prison population; the Oakland-based Groundswell Fund, which will receive the Smashing Silos Award for its intersectional approach to race and gender as embodied in its reproductive justice grantmaking; the Meyer Memorial Trust in Portland, Oregon, which was awarded the Changing Course Award for conducting a rigorous assessment of the effectiveness of its grantmaking and proactively seeking out grantees with whom it hadn't previously worked; and the Solutions Project, which will receive the Get Up, Stand Up Award for providing some of the first rapid-response funding in support of Native-led efforts to block the Dakota Access Pipeline.
"These grantmakers are an inspiration in their commitment to securing a just, equitable, and sustainable future for our communities, especially those who have been marginalized," said NCRP president and CEO Aaron Dorfman. "I encourage other funders to look at the impact the awardees are having on the communities and issues they care about, and imagine what they, too, can accomplish through their own bold giving."