NCRP Shuffling Staff, Focusing Of Social Justice

Three years after unveiling a new strategic framework, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) announced another evolution with a restructuring to direct more philanthropy dollars toward social justice movements.

The 43-year-old organization announced that three senior positions will be eliminated, effective Oct. 4, and three new positions will focus on expanding “relationships with movement groups.” The changes aim to “better position NCRP to achieve its goals in the coming years.”

The three eliminated positions are senior director of communications, Kristina C. Moore; senior director of human resources and administration Beverley Samuda-Wylder; and, and senior fellow and director of public policy Dan Petegorsky. The three newly posts are chief operating officer, director of strategic communications and senior associate. Three employees were promoted into new roles: Ben Barge to field director, Janay Richmond to director of marketing and membership, and Stephanie Peng to senior associate for movement research.

NCRP, with a mission to “promote philanthropy that serves the public good, is accountable and benefits vulnerable communities,” was founded in 1976 by Pablo Eisenberg, Thomas Asher and James Abernathy, prominent leaders from the Donee Group, with funding from John D. Rockefeller III, John Filer and Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Since 2007, NCRP has been led by Aaron Dorfman, first as executive director and since 2016 as president and CEO.

The Washington, D.C.-based advocacy organization reported total revenue of $2.798 million last year, up from $1.961 million in 2015, with expenses of $2.427 million and net assets of $2.391 million, according to its Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form 990 for the year ending September 2018. Salaries and wages totaled $1.726 million last year, up from $1.266 million four years ago.

Among the largest contributors to NCRP last year were Minneapolis, Minn.-based Borealis Philanthropy, $1.35 million; William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in Menlo Park, Calif., $210,000; Surdna Foundation, $100,000, and Citi Foundation, both in New York City, according to the tax form. The number of individuals employed at NCRP during calendar year 2017 was estimated to be 22, according to information on the Form 990.

NCRP also announced the addition of a new board member, Michael Roberts of First Nationals Development Institute, and the re-election to three-year terms of three current board members: Mary Lassen, managing director at Community Change; Daniel Lee, executive director of Levi Strauss Foundation, and Ruth Messinger, global ambassador at American Jewish World Service.