Economic Equity Update - December 18

It’s Ryan Schlegel from NCRP. I’ll be sending out information, updates, tips to NCRP members whose work falls under our Economic Equity movement area umbrella. Our goal is to make sure NCRP nonprofit members are the most informed and educated when it comes to understanding the sector and feeling empowered. Here are the updates I’ve got for you today:

1) Earlier this fall, some of out allies in the economic justice movement penned a great piece for the American Prospect called “It’s Not the 'Future of Work,' It’s the Future of Workers That’s in Doubt.” The authors make a great case for a new way to think about worker justice and call for a new focus on workers – and not just work itself – on democracy, and on equality. It might be worth sharing with some of your funders as a way to start a conversation about what resourcing a full and effective movement for economic and racial justice might look like in 2019 and beyond. Let me know if you do – I’d love to strategize with you on how we can push foundations that already “get it” to drive more money to intersectional grassroots work.

2) Friend of NCRP Greg LeRoy at Good Jobs First wrote a great op-ed in the NY Daily News last month explaining why corporate dominance of our public subsidy and tax system is bad for society. I’d be curious to know if any of your work focuses on local/county/state budgeting and if Greg’s argument resonates with you. Greg and I are working on an article for NCRP’s quarterly journal on how philanthropy can and should react to the Amazon HQ2 announcement… stay tuned for that.

3) On the foundation front, I’m including a story that got me pretty angry when it was reported in my hometown newspaper last week: “Columbus Foundation to mark its 75th anniversary with free bus rides, museum admissions.” The Columbus Foundation is the 8th largest community foundation in the country by assets, and when I checked Foundation Center’s data after reading this story I saw they have never in at least 10 years reported a single grant for economic justice. It seems to me the Foundation ought to be funding some community organizing, advocacy, and policy-change work if they’re serious about bettering the lives of low-income folks in their community. I’d love to hear about any interactions you’ve had recently with community foundations – good or bad.

How can NCRP learn from your experience with those community foundations, and how can we strategize together about how to move more money to economic justice work?

As always, I’d love to hear from you about how your work is going and how NCRP can be a partner in it. Email me any time.

In solidarity,


Ryan J Schlegel

Director of Research National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

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