Indiana’s Lumina Foundation Examined in New Project from Philanthropy Watchdog

INDIANAPOLIS, May 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today, the National
Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) launched Philamplify, a new project
aimed at bursting philanthropy’s “isolation bubble” to deliver honest feedback
to grantmakers. Philamplify pairs comprehensive assessments of prominent
foundations with an interactive website that gathers user-generated commentary
on foundation practices. The Lumina Foundation for Education, one of the
country’s largest foundations focused on postsecondary education attainment, is
one of the first three grantmakers examined for the initiative’s launch.

Written by philanthropic evaluation expert Victor Kuo, “Lumina Foundation: Can a
Champion for College Attainment Up Its Game?” highlights the organization’s
strengths in education philanthropy and national policy, noting that the
foundation’s clarity around achieving an ambitious goal and its commitment to
addressing systemic inequities are highly praised. It also identifies ways that
the foundation can boost its impact, including by doing more to engage those
most affected by its work, such as parents, students and faculty, as well as
integrating stakeholder input into strategy development.

“For countless students across the country, Lumina Foundation’s success will
greatly impact their future,” said Aaron Dorfman, executive director of NCRP.
“We hope that Lumina Foundation will seriously consider our recommendations so
they can boost their chances of meeting their ambitious goal to increase college
attainment among Americans to 60 percent by 2025.”

The Lumina Foundation, along with the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation in Atlanta
and the William Penn Foundation in Philadelphia, were selected for the
assessment because they are among the 100 top foundations in the U.S. Over time,
Philamplify will evaluate other major foundations.

At the heart of Philamplify are individual foundation assessments conducted by
top-notch researchers that provide a comprehensive examination of a foundation’s
grantmaking and operations. These assessments incorporate feedback received from
the foundation’s key stakeholders, including peer foundations, nonprofits, issue
experts, members of the media and other individuals. All foundation assessment
reports are made public on where users can also weigh in. users have the option to remain anonymous, allowing all those
whose lives are touched by philanthropy, from foundation leaders and staff to
experts and community members, the opportunity to comment on and share their
experiences with foundations in a safe space. In addition to providing
commentary on the assessed foundations, users are also encouraged to offer their
opinion on issues affecting the philanthropic sector, and share stories about
the impact of philanthropy in their lives and communities. The site, which is
free and open to everybody, also enables individuals to reach out to leaders of
foundations that have been assessed.

View Philamplify’s Lumina Foundation video or visit to learn more
about the foundation’s impact.

About NCRP

Since 1976, NCRP has served as the voice of nonprofits and the communities they
serve in philanthropy. Through research and advocacy, NCRP works to ensure that
philanthropy contributes in meaningful ways to the creation of a fair, just and
equitable world. Visit for more information.

SOURCE National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

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