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Mar. 27, 2018 12:45 pm

How New Colossus Donors changed in its second year of funding democratic values

The year-old giving circle just awarded $7,255 in unrestricted funds to nonprofits working in gun violence prevention, women's health, immigration and voting rights.

CeaseFirePA at March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C.

(Photo via facebook.com/joinceasefirepa)

A year in, the members of New Colossus Donors (NCD) are still making a statement with their collective grantmaking.

The local giving circle funds nonprofits that support “fundamental American values” and related issues its members deem as being under threat; it was formed immediately post-Election 2016.

“In 2017, it became apparent pretty quickly that the drive I felt to become more engaged and start New Colossus was an exceptionally common instinct, and lots of people were off and running, doing amazing things in all kinds of ways,” founder Mary Broach wrote in an email. “That now seems a very predictable response to the 2016 election, but I didn’t foresee the magnitude of the trend!”

She’d already cofounded the all-women giving circle Impact100 Philadelphia, which follows a strict grantmaking process and distributes over $300,000 per year. But she wanted something more flexible and replicable that anyone in any region could start quickly to respond to the needs in their communities. She even circled a public guide to starting an NCD group.

Broach wrote in an email that since then, NCD has inspired two new giving circles (though neither has taken its name), but this year, she’s more focused on growing the local group than expanding the NCD model.

“I was more than happy to shift away from spreading the New Colossus Donors concept, and instead focus on the work our small Philadelphia group was doing,” she said. “I think this second cycle in 2018 was even better than the first in terms of what we learned as a group and how much we got out of the experience.”

At the top of March, the original NCD completed its second giving circle, awarding $7,255 in unrestricted funds to four organizations.

“We started this second round of giving by identifying the issue areas that felt most compelling and important in 2018,” she said. “We quickly agreed on four areas: gun violence prevention; immigration; voting/fair representation; and women’s health. After researching key challenges in each area, and organizations addressing them, we looked closely at eight organizations.”

From our Partners

The group funded these orgs:

  • CeaseFirePA PAC — $3,200

  • Community Fund for Immigrant Wellness — $1,500

  • League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania — $1,350

  • National Women’s Health Network — $1,205

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