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    Pursuing Justice for People and the Planet.

The Nathan Cummings Foundation is a multigenerational family foundation, rooted in the Jewish tradition of social justice, working to create a more just, vibrant, sustainable, and democratic society. We partner with social movements, organizations and individuals who have creative and catalytic solutions to climate change and inequality.


Our foundation, deeply rooted in Jewish values, considers grant-making in Israel an integral part of our identity. We support partners advancing democracy, an inclusive shared society and peace.


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For 27 years, NCF has supported movements, organizations and individuals pursuing justice for people and the planet.



News + Ideas

Change the narrative; change the world |

Dear Partners: As 2018 draws to a close, I am filled with hope. Despite headlines that offer a daily reminder…
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Diversifying Perspectives and Sharing Power at a Family Foundation |

It’s no secret that family foundations must navigate family dynamics. But while it may seem counterintuitive, opening up governance structures…
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NCF Remembers Buddy Mayer |

NEW YORK – Beatrice “Buddy” Cummings Mayer, the matriarch of the Nathan Cummings family and a founding Trustee of the…
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Faith Matters Network: Rooted in Resilience Mapping Project

The Rooted in Resilience Mapping Project is an attempt to capture one view of the significant and expanding body of…
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Case Study: Social Cost and Material Loss |

The First Peoples Investment Engagement Program (FPIEP) case study, Social Cost and Material Loss: The Dakota Access Pipeline, examines the numerous impacts attendant to…
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NCF Welcomes Leticia Peguero, New Vice President of Programs |

NEW YORK – The Nathan Cummings Foundation (NCF) is pleased to announce that Leticia Peguero will join the Foundation as…
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America’s Concentration Crisis: An Open Market’s Institute Report |

Monopoly power is all around us: as consumers, business owners, employees, entrepreneurs, and citizens. When we purchase everything from washing…
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2019 Sundance Film Festival: Amid Record High Submissions, Announcing New Hires, Talent Forum, Data-Driven Demographic Initiatives & Critic Stipends

"The Institute's new Press Inclusion Initiative includes stipend grants to defray travel and lodging costs for over fifty freelance critics and journalists,…
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President’s Remarks: Radical Solidarity – Philanthropy’s Role in Showing Moral Courage |

My friends, it’s good to be with you in Pittsburgh today.  It is an honor to join you for this…
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Confronting the Prison-Industrial Complex |

Philanthropists can help address over-incarceration in America and the serious harm it does to communities by supporting efforts to better…
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What We Learned from the State of Latinx Media Panel

Elizabeth Mendez Berry shared her experience as a music writer in the 2000s when music criticism was valued in the industry…
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