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The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) describes itself as an "independent, nonprofit" philanthropic advocacy organization that works "to provide nonprofit organizations with essential resources and opportunities to work toward social and economic justice for disadvantaged and disenfranchised populations and communities." NCRP overwhelmingly promotes grant-makers and grantees with leftist agendas, while criticizing their conservative counterparts. Its stated goal is to boost "social justice philanthropic grantmaking" to members of the political left.
Founded in 1976 by an assemblage of leftists and radical scholars, NCRP is not a grant-making entity but rather a research organization that conducts its own studies, whose findings it then disseminates to "funders, policymakers, and nonprofit activists for philanthropic reform."
In 1997, the NCRP published a study titled Moving a Public Policy Agenda: The Strategic Philanthropy of Conservative Foundations, which it later elaborated upon and re-titled Axis of Ideology: Conservative Foundations and Public Policy. This report asserts that "conservative public policy institutions and their philanthropic supporters have had a tremendous impact on Congress' and the [Bush] administration's penchant for waging war, curtailing civil liberties, and slashing taxes and social spending." "Over the past four years," said NCRP in 2006, "conservative policy organizations … and their foundation supporters have reenergized efforts to enforce backwards-looking social policies, most notably attacks on civil rights, gay and lesbian marriages, and affirmative action."
Axis of Ideology fails to mention that the combined grants of the 79 conservative foundations it examines do not even equal the one-year grants made by any one of these major funders of the left alone: the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, George Soros' Open Society Institute, the Pew Trusts, the Rockefeller Foundation, or the Tides Center and the Tides Foundation.
NCRP depicts the United States as a nation in need of dramatic structural change financed by philanthropic organizations. Giving voice to this perspective, a founding tenet of NCRP states, "We view the issues of private philanthropy and public needs in the context of a society in which power and resources are grossly misallocated. Ours is a society in which racial, ethnic, sexual, and other forms of discrimination deny many the political, economic and social advantages enjoyed by other Americans. … To remedy these evils, philanthropy must live up to the ideal of an innovative fearless agent of social change."
Focusing heavily on "social justice philanthropy," NCRP literature seeks to "encourage the philanthropic and nonprofit sector to promote economic empowerment and structural changes as a way to rectify social injustices." The NCRP social justice philanthropic agenda includes:
NCRP is heavily financed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the AT&T Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the Minneapolis Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Open Society Institute, the Public Welfare Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Surdna Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, and others.
Aaron Dorfman has been NCRP's Executive Director since 2007. Prior to joining NCRP, he was a community organizer for 15 years, including 10 years as Executive Director of People Acting for Community Together (based in Miami, Florida) and 5 years as a head organizer for the Minneapolis and Miami chapters of ACORN.
(Information on grantees and monetary amounts courtesy of The Foundation Center, GuideStar, ActivistCash, the Capital Research Center and Undue Influence)