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More CA Groups Pledge Support for Underserved Groups

June 21, 2012

More foundations are pledging their support for under-served groups. When the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy launched Philanthropy's Promise a year ago, 64 grant-makers signed up. Now, that number has nearly doubled, and Philanthropy's Promise represents more than $3.3 billion in annual giving.

In California, 30 foundations have pledged to direct at least 50 percent of their grants to under-served communities of the poor, the elderly and LGBTQ citizens and 25 percent toward advocacy efforts to address the root causes of social problems.

Ken Wilson, executive director of The Christensen Fund, based in San Francisco, says Californians can feel more confident their donated dollars are going to those who need the most help.

"Most of our grantees have not had the kind of resources that we're able to give them before. When they get them, they can contribute just as well as established organizations have been able to do."

Wilson says The Christensen Fund signed the pledge, in part, to encourage other foundations to do the same.

"It's important for all of us to share with the public that many of us are, in fact, doing this. Sometimes they don't hear from us that we really are backing their solutions and not just the solutions of established organizations."

Other California groups that have joined Philanthropy's Promise include San Diego Foundation for Change, Women Donors Network and United Way of Greater Los Angeles and the Bay Area.

More information is available at www.PhilanthropysPromise.org.



Lori Abbott, Public News Service - CA