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Josephine S. Gumbiner Foundation Joins Philanthropy’s Promise to Target Underserved Communities and Fund Social Justice Work

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The Josephine S. Gumbiner Foundation (JSGF) has become Long Beach’s first charitable funder to take the Philanthropy’s Promise pledge to target significant resources to support un-derserved communities and empower them by funding advocacy, community organizing, and civic engagement.
Philanthropy’s Promise, a project of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP), celebrates funders that apply two high impact strategies in their grantmaking: tar-geting 50% of grant dollars to address the needs of underserved communities, and 25% to empowering them by funding advocacy, organizing and civic engagement.

Joining over 200 other funders from around the country, JSGF issued its pledge, to be applied commencing in 2017, as follows:

The Josephine S. Gumbiner Foundation has sought to enrich the lives of women and children in the Long Beach area of Southern California since 1989. Our very diverse community has high rates of poverty and significant related social problems.

We recognize that philanthropic resources are limited in the face of the enormous challenges around us. We accept the responsibility of maximizing the impact of our giving, addressing both immediate needs in our community and the systemic change needed to eradicate root causes and develop sustainable solutions.

The Josephine S. Gumbiner Foundation supports the efforts of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy and is proud to endorse the goals of Philanthropy’s Promise. We therefore pledge to direct at least 75% of our grant dollars to benefit economically disadvan-taged women and children and at least 25% of our grant dollars to social justice grant making such as advocacy, organizing, civic engagement, and other strategies to promote equity and empowerment for disadvantaged women and children.

“We’re proud to join Philanthropy’s Promise and become the first local funder to maximize our impact by committing to fund both immediate needs and systemic change” said Board President Lee Gumbiner. “With grant dollars being limited, we want to support strategies that make a real difference in people’s lives and help shape a more equitable community.”

Other California funders that have signed the Philanthropy’s Promise pledge include the Weingart Foundation, the McKay Foundation, the McCune Foundation, the Penney Family Foundation, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the California Community Foundation, the California Endowment, The Liberty Hill Foundation, and the Greater Los Angeles United Way. National partners include the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Additional information on the Josephine S. Gumbiner Foundation is available on their website at jsgf.org. For information on NCRP and Philanthropy’s Promise, please reference its website at ncrp.org.

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