Philanthropy New York Currents June 2012


Dear Members,

Over the next year, nearly 2.3 million veterans will be returning home to their families and communities. Government organizations will not have enough resources to assist all of them as they make the transition to civilian life. Many vets prefer to find and use the services they need in their own communities, and those communities will be hard pressed to address all of the unique needs.

Philanthropy New York has held several recent meetings to hear from our members and other experts on the issues facing veterans and how funders can help. Many of our members are developing their own unique programs, and some include opportunities for other members to join in for learning and/or funding:

  • Starting this fall, The Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence’s Veterans Healthcare Program will support scholarships for 50 nurses to be trained at the doctoral level on veteran-specific healthcare needs, ranging from clinical to policy to administration to education, to help ensure our veterans are receiving the best possible care.
  • The New York Community Trust’s New York City Veterans Fund is guided by a volunteer advisory committee of veterans’ advocates, public officials, service providers, corporations and funders. Foundations and corporations can make grants to the Fund for collaborative grantmaking or can coordinate their independent grantmaking with the Fund’s efforts.
  • The New York State Health Foundation’s Initiative for Returning Veterans and Their Families seeks to advance public policy to ensure that veterans’ funding meets the needs of New York State’s returning veterans and their families and build knowledge and cultural competency related to military issues among primary care and mental health providers.

These projects will build over the next several months as the number of returning veterans peaks at the end of 2012. This fall, we will continue to offer opportunities for our members to connect with each other and share their knowledge about the best ways to assist veterans and their families.

Other veterans initiatives are in the development stage and we will give you updates as they progress. If you or your organization are starting to think about the special needs of veterans and want to stay connected to developments in this area, please contact us.

We will also continue our fiscal sponsorship of Veterans on Wall Street, a program dedicated to promoting career development in the financial services industry for former military personnel.

Helping our returning veterans is one of the most urgent challenges affecting our nation—and funders in all issue areas contributing to their full and healthy integration into civilian life is a great opportunity for philanthropy to serve the common good.

Best regards,

Ronna Brown
President, Philanthropy New York

Welcome New Members

In Memoriam: Lawrence D. Moreland

Larry Moreland

We are very saddened to announce the passing of Lawrence D. Moreland, Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration at the William T. Grant Foundation and a long-time Board member of Philanthropy New York, on June 10th due to complications from cancer.

Larry joined the William T. Grant Foundation in 2001 and directed the Foundation's financial and administrative functions, including budgeting, accounting, audit activities and oversight of endowment investments as well as human resources and information technology. He also served as an Assistant Treasurer, Officer of the Foundation and member of its senior management team. Larry managed the Foundation's endowment and an investment portfolio that ranged from $200.5 million to $339.7 million and ensured that the Foundation remained fiscally sound during the recessions in the early 2000s
and 2008.

Over a 30-year career in the nonprofit sector, Larry also served as CFO of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, CFO of St. John's Community Services, Inc., Assistant Auditor General for New York City's Board of Education and Director of Contract Agency Finance for the New York City Department of Youth Services.

As a Philanthropy New York Board member for seven years, Larry served as Board Treasurer, Chair of our Audit and Finance Committees and on our Committee on Directors. He worked with the Council on Foundations on its Finance Committee and as part of its Independent Foundations Advisory Group and several of its Annual Conference Planning Committees and was also on the Audit Committee of both the Association of Black Foundation Executives and the Bide-A-Wee Association.

"Larry's expertise and judgment were integral to our success as well as that of the many other organizations he served during his distinguished career," said Robert C. Granger, President of the William T. Grant Foundation. "He was a central presence at the Foundation, and he will be sorely missed."

Donations in Larry's memory can be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. You can also read an essay by Larry in the William T. Grant Foundation’s 2011 Annual Report.

All of us at Philanthropy New York send our deepest condolences to Larry's family, friends and fellow colleagues.

Edna McConnell Clark Foundation Launches PropelNext

The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation's new venture, PropelNext, will help promising nonprofits connect their passion for transforming young people's lives with sharpened skills to advance their effectiveness. In March 2012, the Foundation selected 15 organizations in ten states to be the first cohort of grantees participating in this initiative.

EMCF will help these grantees refine their program models, enhance their use of data for learning, self-evaluation and ongoing improvement and strengthen their business practices.
Over the next three years, the first cohort of PropelNext grantees will receive two successive 18-month grants, each ranging from $150,000 to $200,000, as well as expert support that will include customized technical assistance and coaching, group learning and access to an interactive online learning community.

"We look forward to learning as much from these grantees as they will learn from us," said EMCF President Nancy Roob. "We hope this learning will help more vulnerable young people beat the odds against them and realize their full potential."

Learn more about PropelNext and its first 15 grantees.

Open Society Foundations Announces First Cohort of Black Male Achievement Fellows

The Black Male Achievement (BMA) Fellowship is a joint project of the Open Society Foundations and Echoing Green to identify and fund emerging social entrepreneurs dedicated to creating innovative solutions to advance the lives of black men and boys in the United States.

The nine members of the inaugural class of BMA Fellows will address the most complicated and entrenched problems facing the black community today, including access to college financing, green jobs, and redefining black masculinity.

Each fellow will receive $70,000 in startup capital, as well as technical support through exclusive trainings, consulting opportunities, mentorship and access to the broad network of Echoing Green and Open Society fellows.

Learn more about the 2012 Black Male Achievement (BMA) Fellows.

Ford Hosts Change By Design on June 25th

In a daylong conference on June 25th, the Ford Foundation will bring together leaders from the world of design, social innovation, art and journalism who are thinking in creative ways about digital storytelling. Participants will learn how those on the leading edge are using new digital tools to visualize, map and create narratives that enlighten minds and provoke action for social change.

Session presenters will include Jake Barton, Founder and Principal of Local Projects, an award-winning media design firm for museums and public spaces; New York Times Graphics Editor Amanda Cox; Laura Kurgan, Co-Director of the Spatial Information Design Lab in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University; and Jake Porway, the Founder of DataKind, which seeks to match nonprofits in need of data analysis with freelance and pro bono data scientists who can work to help them with data collection, analysis, visualization or decision support.

Learn more about the Change By Design conference.

2012 Fiscal Summit: America's Case for Action

On May 15th, the Peter G. Peterson Foundation brought together leaders from government, policy, academia and the media to address our long-term fiscal challenges and offer solutions on how to set America on a fiscally sustainable path.

Through speeches, interviews and panel discussions, as well as videos featuring Americans from across the country, the Fiscal Summit explored the potential for progress and the importance of building bipartisan consensus to generate the political will for action.

View highlights and watch interviews from the Fiscal Summit.


  • The Board of Directors of Funders for LGBTQ Issues has named Richard Burns as Interim Director. "Richard's history with the LGBT movement and within philanthropy will be great assets in his role as steward of Funders," said Andrew Lane, Executive Director of the Johnson Family Foundation and Board Chair of Funders for LGBTQ Issues. Burns' previous positions include Executive Director of the New York City LGBT Community Center, Chief Operating Officer of the Arcus Foundation and Interim Executive Director of the Stonewall Community Foundation. He is a Co-Founder of GLAD and CenterLink and currently serves on the board of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York.
  • Michele Cahill, Vice President for National Program at the Carnegie Corporation of New York, was named the recipient of the New York Urban League's Ann S. Kheel Award at their annual Frederick Douglass Awards Dinner in New York City. The award recognizes individuals who advocate for civic engagement, fight for the rights of all and demonstrate exceptional leadership and service to humanity.
  • Rockefeller Brothers Fund Vice President for Programs Elizabeth Campbell has been elected Chair of the Winrock International Board of Directors. Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works nationally and globally to empower disadvantaged people, stimulate economic development and promote sustainable use of natural resources. Campbell has served on the Winrock International board since 2006, most recently as Vice Chair since May 2009.


(View a full text, PDF version of Philanthropy New York Currents, June 2012.)


  • Transitions, June 2012
    New appointments at the Altman Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, the John A. Hartford Foundation, the Ms. Foundation for Women, the Open Society Foundations and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Members in the News & Resources

  • Let Education Reform Blossom in New York
    Source: The Huffington Post, June 20, 2012
    Richard R. Buery, President and CEO of The Children's Aid Society, and Nitzan Pelman, Executive Director of Citizen Schools New York, discuss the federal Supplemental Education Services (SES) program and how New York can put the funds allocated for that program to better use.
  • Don't ignore clients' giving ways
    Source: Reuters, June 13, 2012
    Financial advisers have been underestimating their clients' generosity and that has been bad for both parties, according to Fidelity Charitable's 2012 "Advice & Giving" research.
  • Bank of America Pledges $100-Million for Green Groups
    Source: The Chronicle of Philanthropy, June 13, 2012
    Bank of America has announced a 10-year, $50 billion goal for financing environmentally friendly energy programs, including $100 million in grants to organizations promoting low-carbon projects.
  • ‘The Scars of Stop-and-Frisk’
    Source: The New York Times, June 12, 2012
    Support for a short documentary on New York’s stop-and-frisk policy and its effect on one young man was provided by the Open Society Foundations.
  • How to Get Grants in a Down Economy
    Source: The Chronicle of Philanthropy, June 11, 2012
    Bank of America's Andrew Plepler and Surdna Foundation President Phillip Henderson were among those who spoke at the Fundraising Day in New York conference.
  • Stavros Niarchos Foundation Receives 2012 Athenagoras Human Rights Award
    Source: Philanthropy News Digest, June 9, 2012
    To be presented to the foundation on October 20th, the award is given annually to an individual or organization that has consistently exemplified concern for the basic rights and religious freedom of all people by action, purpose and dedication.
  • Initiative Launched to Strengthen Families, Reduce Foster Care Placements
    Source: Philanthropy News Digest, June 6, 2012
    Jointly launched by the Administration for Children and Families and the Robert Wood Johnson, Annie E. Casey and Edna McConnell Clark foundations, the initiative is modeled after the Corporation for Supportive Housing's Keeping Families Together program in New York City and will develop similar programs in five cities to be announced in the fall, providing families with a permanent home and the support they need to stay together.
  • Inspiring the Next Generation of Change Agents: Key Lessons from L.A.
    Source: RE: Philanthropy, June 6, 2012
    A blog post by Nakisha Lewis, Project Manager at the Schott Foundation for Public Education.
  • Top Education Official Tells New York to Keep Up Reforms
    Source: The New York Times, June 4, 2012
    A recap on the New York Times/WNYC SchoolBook blog of Philanthropy New York's 33rd Annual Meeting panel discussion with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, New York State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. and New York City Education Chancellor Dennis Walcott, moderated by WNYC Education Correspondent Beth Fertig.
  • Foundations help to reshape plight and images of Black males
    Source: The Louisiana Weekly, June 4, 2012
    This article examines several philanthropic initiatives to improve opportunities for African-American men and boys, including the Open Society Foundations' Campaign for Black Male Achievement (and includes several quotes from the Campaign's manager, Shawn Dove).
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Helmsley Charitable Trust Partner With Medtronic
    Source: Philanthropy News Digest, June 4, 2012
    The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust have announced a joint initiative with Medtronic to accelerate the development of new glucose-sensing technology.
  • PBS NewsHour Receives $3.5 Million in General Support From Foundations
    Source: Philanthropy News Digest, May 31, 2012
    The PBS NewsHourhas announced general support grants totaling more than $3.5 million from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the MacArthur, Packard and Rockefeller foundations.
  • Nonprofits Talk Strategy in the Hudson Valley
    Source: The Wall Street Journal, May 30, 2012
    25 nonprofits from the region are gathering for the seventh annual Service Week and the Women Serving Women Summit to reflect on strategic planning and collaboration. The Dyson Foundation is sponsoring a portion of the retreat (and this article includes a quote from Dyson program officer Cecilia R. Stancell).
  • Richard W. Lyman, Ex-President of Stanford University, Dies at 88
    Source: The New York Times, May 30, 2012
    Lyman also served as President of the Rockefeller Foundation from 1980-1988.
  • Is Philanthropy Print Journalism's Last Hope?
    Source: The Atlantic, May 29, 2012
    An examination of the Ford Foundation's recent grant to the Los Angeles Times and what it might mean for the future of newspapers.
  • Ford Foundation Celebrates Fifty Years in East Africa, Awards $2 Million in Grants
    Source: Philanthropy News Digest, May 25, 2012
    Throughout 2012, the foundation is highlighting its efforts and those of its grantees to deepen democracy, build greater inclusion and expand opportunity in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
  • Newman's Own Foundation Will Award $30 Million in 2012 Grants
    Source: Philanthropy News Digest, May 24, 2012
    The $30 million in grants awarded during 2012 will be the largest one-year total in the company's thirty-year history.
  • The American Express Foundation: An Inside Look with President Tim McClimon
    Source: Forbes, May 17, 2012
    In this interview, Rahim Kanani and McClimon discuss the company’s philanthropic gene since its founding, the issues they focus on today and why, broader trends in corporate social responsibility, leadership lessons and the importance of cross-sector collaboration to achieve change.
  • Ford Foundation Funds News Coverage
    Source: The Wall Street Journal, May 17, 2012
    The Ford Foundation has given a $1 million grant to the Los Angeles Times to expand the paper's news coverage in certain areas, its first grant to a major for-profit newspaper.
  • A Focus on Culture
    Source: Stanford Social Innovation Review, May 16, 2012
    Ford Foundation President Luis Ubiñas writes about how the foundation is engaging its global staff in building a shared culture of results.
  • Foundation Growth and Giving Estimates (2012 Edition)
    Published by the Foundation Center, June 2012
    PDF, 1 MB

    Giving by U.S. foundations totaled an estimated $46.9 billion in 2011, surpassing the $46.8 billion pre-recession peak recorded in 2008. Yet, after accounting for inflation, contributions by the nation's foundations were down slightly from 2010 and, reflecting continued economic volatility in 2011, more than one-third of respondents indicated that they had reduced their giving last year. Foundation assets were virtually unchanged in 2011 and remain well below their 2007 peak.
  • Funding for Inclusion: Women and Girls in the Equation
    Published by GrantCraft, June 2012
    This guide reflects on how gender considerations are being addressed in European foundation programs, processes and procedures, and provides a wealth of practical examples and recommendations to inspire other foundations to do so.
  • Four Essentials for Evaluation
    Published by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, June 2012
    PDF, 330 KB

    GEO created this guide to help grantmakers get to the next level in their evaluation efforts and embed evaluation practices more deeply in the work of their organizations. GEO pinpoints four essential steps—Lead, Plan, Organize and Share—and includes the stories of 13 GEO members who have demonstrated effective evaluation in action.
  • 2012 Donor-Advised Funds Survey
    Published by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, May 2012 (subscription required)
    According to The Chronicle’s biennial survey of 126 large donor-advised funds, assets at the biggest funds were 10 percent higher than they were in 2007, and signs of growth continue in 2012: the total assets of the top 10 largest funds are up 16 percent. Other indicators, such as the number of funds, gifts and grants as well as the value of gifts and grants, show that most of the top donor-advised funds are on par to match or surpass the growth seen last year.
  • Jonas Center - Gen. William Bester - Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program
    May 22, 2012
    Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence Senior Advisor Brigadier General (Ret.) William Bester discusses the importance of veterans' healthcare and the Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program on the "Talk of the Town" radio program with Larry Rifkin on WATR 1320-AM.
  • Social Mobility and Education Gaps in the Four Major Anglophone Countries: Research Findings for the Social Mobility Summit
    Published by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Sutton Trust,
    May 2012
    PDF, 772 KB

    Children from poorer families in Australia and Canada have a much greater chance of doing well in school, getting into college, and earning more in later life than children in the United States and the United Kingdom, despite the fact that Australia and Canada (alongside the UK and the US) are among the countries with the biggest income gaps between the rich and poor. These research findings, compiled for a two-day summit on social mobility in London organized by the Sutton Trust and the Carnegie Corporation, are the first to compare and contrast education and social mobility levels in the four major English-speaking countries.
  • Arts & Economic Prosperity IV
    Published by Americans for the Arts, May 2012
    PDF, 9MB

    This economic impact study indicates that nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences across the 50 states and the District of Columbia generated $135.2 billion dollars of economic activity in 2010, which had a significant impact on the nation's economy, supporting 4.1 million full-time equivalent jobs and generating $22.3 billion in revenue to local, state and federal governments.
  • 2011 Corporate Giving Standard (CGS) Survey
    Conducted by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) in association with The Conference Board
    The first analysis of 2011 corporate giving data, the most recent data available, reveals a majority of corporations worldwide have increased their giving year-over-year; companies are driving toward restoring corporate giving to pre-recession levels; 60 percent of companies have increased their total giving since 2009; and employee matching gift and engagement programs were high priorities.