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Letter to the Field: Getting Proximate in Philanthropy

December 22, 2016  Dear Colleagues,As we enter an era of profound division in American and global politics and civic life, the Nathan Cummings Foundation’s work to build a more just, vibrant, sustainable and democratic society is more important than ever. In an interview with Inside Philanthropy I shared some early reflections, including the need to “get proximate,” an expression that...

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The Future of Progressive Philanthropy Under Trump

November 28, 2016For those vehemently opposed to a Trump presidency, election night was a punch to the gut. Then followed the waves of anxiety and anger over a looming hard-right shift, the president-elect’s disturbing racist and sexist rhetoric, not to mention his unstable behavior. But now we’ve emerged from those first dark days (right?). And even as protests rage on, we’ve entered a stage in which those...

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Press Release: 2017 Fellowship Launch

November 3, 2016  The Foundation is Seeking Applications from Innovative Problem-Solvers to Tackle Big Challenges Related to Climate Change and InequalityNew York, November 3, 2016 – The Nathan Cummings Foundation is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the fourth cycle of the Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellowship, which provides three individuals with up to $150,000 each to...

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Purse-String Powerhouses: Meet 10 NYC Do-Gooders Who Dole...

November 2, 2016Foundations based in New York City dispensed nearly $10.7 billion in grants in 2014 (the latest year for which statistics are available), according to the Foundation Center. But who cuts the checks and how do they make their decisions?The 10 leaders of charitable organizations featured here come from wealth, poverty and the middle class. Some went straight into the nonprofit sector after...

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Letter to the Field: Our Evolving Focus

August 2, 2016  Dear Colleagues,  We are thrilled to share with you the evolution of the Foundation’s focus, the result of a period of reflection and learning and, significantly, a reconnecting with the work of the last 25 years and what the world calls us to do now. We are enormously grateful to the many people who shared their time and valuable insights, who pushed us and...

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NCF Comment Letter on the SEC’s Reg S-K

July 19, 2016The Nathan Cummings Foundation recently joined other foundations and institutional investors to call on the SEC to update Regulation S-K to improve reporting of material environmental and social risks in issuers’ filings. In addition to sending its own comment letter, the Foundation joined investors with more than a trillion dollars in assets under management in a Ceres-coordinated letter...

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President’s Letter: Listening and Learning

June 16, 2016Dear Colleagues, In my first six months, I have had the great pleasure of getting to know what is at the heart of the Nathan Cummings Foundation. I have been on a listening tour with our trustees, staff, fellows, and our partners in the field, which will continue in the months ahead. At the end of April, we came together for our spring board meeting, my first as president and CEO. We...

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Loren Harris Joins The Nathan Cummings Foundation

April 19, 2016  Loren Harris, a Philanthropic Leader Devoted to Challenging Racial, Gender and Economic Inequality, Joins Nathan Cummings FoundationThe Nathan Cummings Foundation today announced that Loren S. Harris, a philanthropic leader with more than 20 years experience challenging structural barriers to equality and creating economic opportunity and social inclusion, will join the Foundation as...

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