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Confronting Systemic Inequity in Education: High Impact Strategies for Philanthropy

Dear Colleague, 

In this issue of Roundup, Sherry Magill shares the DuPont Fund’s experience with broadening their board’s diversity.

Also, check out commentaries on The Giving Pledge, donor-advised funds, resources on community organizing and more.

From the staff and board of NCRP, Happy Holidays to you and yours!

In Focus

RP-Summer10-Cover-MediumOur Journey Toward Board Diversity

Summer 2010

Sherry Magill, president of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, describes the fund’s pursuit of a larger, more diverse board of directors by overturning the governance structure mandated in the will of Mrs. duPont. Six years into the new configuration, Magill discusses how the changes are going and how the board’s conversations now are stronger and more creative.

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NCRP in the News

The Giving Pledge: Dangerous Implications For Democratic Decision-Making: Part II
By Aaron Dorfman, The Huffington Post

Smarter Grant-Making
By Aaron Dorfman, Baltimore Sun

Philanthropies and Education: Breaking the Cycle of Systemic Inequity
By Kevin Welner, The Huffington Post

Why We Should Dial Down Our Enthusiasm for the Giving Pledge: Part I
By Aaron Dorfman, The Huffington Post

Facebook Founder Sounds Up for Giving Pledge
By Dominic Rushe, The Guardian

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Policy Watch
Americans for a Fair Estate Tax Coalition Urges Congress to Restore Strong Estate Tax
Americans for a Fair Estate Tax

NCRP is among the dozens of organizations that asked Congress to establish a robust estate tax system during the current lame duck session.

Analysis and Commentary

Must Read White Paper on Shareholder Activism

Dueling Data: How Much Do Education Grantmakers Fund Advocacy?

Transparency Lags Behind Growth of Donor-Advised Funds

News Mixed on Foundation Support for Public Policy-Related Activities

Speeding Inequality?

20th Anniversary Journey of Native Americans in Philanthropy

Six Questions for Education Philanthropy

New Resources on Community Organizing for Grantmakers

Measurable Benefits Give Confidence to Advocacy Efforts

Vindicating Funding for Advocacy and Organizing

Are the IRS and Treasury on the Verge of a Massive Giveaway?

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On the Side

Yes We Can: The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Male
The Schott Foundation

General Operating Support Remains the Exception
By Andrea Brock, Center for Effective Philanthropy

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Yna C. Moore, Communications Director
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