Intentional Philanthropic Investments

We believe that investments made strategically and thoughtfully to address issues in our community are far more impactful than “checkbook” charity. Beyond making us feel good, intentional philanthropy solves problems, builds assets and provides a return to the people it serves.

Our IPI™ services support community foundations, individual donors, large funds and others who collectively seek to take a tactical approach to make a difference. These IPI™ services include data and research, regional report development assistance, tailored support, and workshops.

Intentional Philanthropic Investment

IPI Affinity Giving Data and Research

In order to have a clear picture of the landscape of intentional investment opportunity, investors need data. Our IPI™ national and regional reports provide high level data to show trends in giving and philanthropic investment by affinity groups.

To support your intentional philanthropy, we provide the Intentional Philanthropic Investments™ services to support community foundations, individual donors, large funds and others who collectively seek to take a tactical approach to make a difference. Affinity giving data and research includes Giving Black® reports, Giving Cities reports, Giving Regions and Giving Women.

Linked Philanthropic Equity™ Research and Strategy Services

Linked Philanthropic Equity (LPE) is a proprietary approach to philanthropic equity research and practice that examines perceived gaps inherent in intentional philanthropic investment opportunities among grant-making institutions and individuals serving diverse communities.  LPE™ was developed through NEBiP’s Intentional Philanthropic Investments® division using multi-method and multidisciplinary approaches from social sciences to examine and evaluate how intentional philanthropic investments are defined and operationalized in diverse communities.  The result is an empirically-rich research approach and philanthropic investment tool development process that helps individuals and organizations better understand the philanthropic sector and use LPE™  framework to develop strategies to better reflect and support intentional philanthropic investments.  NEBIP provides LPE™ research and strategy services to philanthropists and philanthropic organizations through reports, awareness campaigns, workshops, and seminars.

Highlights of RVA's Findings

  • Increase and raise the visibility and participation of Black donors in community philanthropy
  • Build upon the momentum of Giving Black® : Greater Richmond to strengthen Black donor networks and connections
  • Engage, support, and increase the leadership of younger Black philanthropists
  • Offer tools, resources and capacity building opportunities to increase knowledge in philanthropic wealth management
  • Build a cross-sector network of Black donors, thought leaders and nonprofits to embrace and promote the success of nonprofits that improve Black lives
  • Increase, promote, and involve Black donors in increasing economic equity and well-being for Black communities and other issues that disproportionately affect Black communities
  • Amplify and map Black-led organizations and assist in building better bridges to Black communities to increase investments in racial and social justice work
  • Set the narrative straight by articulating Greater Richmond's Black philanthropy story

Giving Black® Cincinnati - December 2018

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation has been working hard to understand how we can best serve our community to ensure a region where everyone can thrive. Black philanthropy has been deeply ingrained in our culture from the time we arrived on American soil – but has not been top of mind when thinking of mainstream philanthropy.

This project has expanded our knowledge with data and qualitative research about diverse donors and increase the impact of our collective work. Giving Black® is a timely initiative that sheds new light on the donor diversity and philanthropic behaviors of Black philanthropists in our region.

Download the Report

Most Important Issues Facing the Black Community in Boston

  • Economic Equity
    Livable wages, eradicating poverty, affordable housing
  • Educational Equity
    Closing the achievement gap, ending the school to prison pipeline
  • Health Equity
    Access to care
  • Environmental Equity
    Protecting health through toxic waste regulation, equal access to “green” jobs
  • Arts Equity
    Support for black culture and arts, programs for black in the arts
  • LGBTQ Equity
    Gay and lesbian rights

IPI Tailored Support

Our IPI™ tailored expert services and associated tools and resources help you to develop and execute effective intentional philanthropy.

Working with our IPI team, you can create intentional investment strategy – that fits your goals, is right for your community and makes the biggest impact. Recent project support has included: 

  • Analysis and recommendations for refreshed vision, mission and giving focus
  • Evaluation of vehicles for giving
  • Joint venture with publishing company to provide literacy support to Black Community Centers
  • Development of giving circle for youth
  • Workshop series to develop more effective board and executive team


IPI Workshops and Support

Tailwind Workshops and IDEAS Forums

Workshops to power their strategic thinking and inspire new ideas. Some IPI™ workshops are open to the public and some are limited to clients and/or NEBiP members.

Convening on Race and Economics (CORE) Workshop

Partnership with renowned thought leaders to discuss trends, conditions and impediments in economic security for Black America; opportunities to improve Black lives and build Black assets.

Black Donor Convenings

Regional meetings of Black funds in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut to discuss collaboration.

Giving Boston Research Report Release

Fall 2019 release of data in Giving Boston Research Report. In partnership with the New England Latinos in Philanthropy, The Latino Legacy Fund, Asian American and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, The Boston Women’s Fund and others to produce the first in-depth, cross-racial and gender analysis of donor attitudes and behaviors in the Boston metropolitan area.

Martha’s Vineyard Summer Film and Panel Discussion

Held in August to preview films and discuss topics relevant to Black philanthropists.

For information about upcoming public forums, please visit our Events page. 

Additional Research and Resources

Learn More

To learn more about proprietary support and workshops, contact