United Philanthropy Forum is incredibly pleased to receive a $3 million gift from philanthropists MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett. The announcement was made on June 15 via a blog post by Scott with the headline, “286 Teams Empowering Voices the World Needs to Hear.”
In the post, Scott underscores the value and importance of regional and national philanthropy infrastructure organizations, like the 92 philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs) that comprise the Forum’s membership network. "Social sector infrastructure organizations empower community leaders, support grassroots organizing and innovation, measure and evaluate what works, and disseminate information so that community leaders, elected officials, volunteers, employees, and donors at every level of income can make informed decisions about how to partner and invest,” Scott wrote. “These organizations, which are themselves historically underfunded, also promote and facilitate service, which in turn inspires more people to serve."
Scott’s message speaks directly to the value of all PSOs in the Forum network. Justly so, the Forum is doubly proud to be receiving a gift from Ms. Scott and Mr. Jewett along with 16 of our members – ABFE: A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, Candid, Center for Effective Philanthropy, CFLeads, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, Filantropía Puerto Rico, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, National Center for Family Philanthropy, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, Native Americans in Philanthropy, Neighborhood Funders Group, PEAK Grantmaking, Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity, and Women's Funding Network.
“The Forum is honored to be among the 286 groups identified as 'high impact organizations' by Ms. Scott and Mr. Jewett and thrilled to see so many Forum members on the list with us,” said David Biemesderfer, President & CEO, United Philanthropy Forum. “As we continue our work to build a courageous philanthropic sector that catalyzes a just and equitable society where all can participate and prosper, the Forum is proud to be able to utilize this generous gift to support our mission of leading, strengthening and informing our national network.”
“On behalf of the Forum’s Board of Directors, I would like to not only thank Ms. Scott and Mr. Jewett for bestowing this generous gift on our organization, but I would also like to appreciate their dedication to diligently providing such generosity to infrastructure organizations doing just and equitable work in the philanthropic sector,” said Amanda Misiko Andere, Board Chair, United Philanthropy Forum. “Being recognized by people who are living testaments to the work we do is equal parts gratifying and humbling.”
As the largest and most diverse network in American philanthropy, United Philanthropy Forum holds a unique position in the social sector to help increase philanthropy’s impact in communities across the country. We are a membership network of more than 90 regional and national philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs), representing more than 7,000 funders, who work to make philanthropy better.