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A Growing Group of Foundations Pledge No “Business as Usual” with COVID-19

March 20, 2020

Over the last few weeks, NPQ has joined others in looking for a solid indication from philanthropy that it will act on the understanding that there is cataclysmic potential for harm and opportunity as we face a pandemic, a recession, and the potential for political transformation at the same time.

Indeed, this moment, fraught with energy, deserves a radical response, said Hilary Pennington, executive vice president for program at the Ford Foundation, in an interview yesterday. Pennington expects that the sector may come out of this period looking “very different” in many of its component parts, and so Ford and the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project decided to take a leap of leadership in proposing a “pledge of action” for changed practices in institutional philanthropy. Within 48 hours, they soon found many others to join them.

Well over 200 US and international foundations have signed the pledge thus far, which is front and center on the website of the partnering Council on Foundations. They run the gamut of types and sizes, but all agree that they will adhere for the near future to these eight shared principles of grantmaking.

... The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida · The Denver Foundation · The Evanston Community Foundation · The George Gund Foundation ...

... Jewish Women's Foundation of the Greater Palm Beaches · Johnson Family Foundation · Joseph LeRoy and Ann C. Warner Fund · JPB Foundation ...

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