We activate investors and businesses as allies, advocates, and leaders on climate and social justice and work to decrease concentrated corporate power and limit corporate influence in our political system. We support partners like Ceres, Open MIC, and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, and use our standing as an investor to strengthen corporate and political accountability.

Funding Overview

NCF focuses our corporate and political accountability work on efforts to hold corporations accountable for the ways in which they impact progress on racial and economic justice and the creation of an inclusive clean economy. We use our standing as both a grantmaker and an investor to spur greater transparency, drive changes in philanthropic, corporate and government behavior, decrease concentrated corporate power and wealth, and challenge problematic narratives underpinning our economy and markets.

Funding Focus

Specifically, NCF will support organizations working to:

  • Activate Investors: Address inequality and climate change by activating investors to press for increased transparency and drive changes to corporate behavior while challenging the notion that corporations’ primary duty is to their shareholders;
  • Decrease Concentrated Corporate Power: Decrease concentrated corporate power through a focus on antitrust law and competition policy, challenging the dominance of the consumer welfare theory and ensuring that the role of concentrated corporate power in driving inequality is widely recognized;
  • Leverage Corporations as Allies: Leverage businesses as allies and advocates for progress on important social and environmental issues; and
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Corporations Shouldn’t have a Monopoly on Power: Part 2 |

The Nathan Cummings Foundation’s Director of Corporate and Political Accountability, Laura Campos, recently sat down with leaders from three of our…
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Corporations Shouldn’t have a Monopoly on Power: Part 1 |

The rise of giant platform monopolies like Facebook, Google and Amazon has drawn renewed attention to the problematic nature of…
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Shareholders for Stakeholders: CEOs should safeguard, not silence, engaged investors |

Via Impact Alpha: The Business Roundtable’s statement from 181 CEOs committed to pay employees fairly, protect the environment and foster…
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2019 Joan Bavaria Award Winner Laura Campos’ Remarks at Ceres Conference |

Nathan Cummings Foundation’s Laura Campos was awarded the 2019 Joan Bavaria Award for her leadership on sustainability. Below are her…
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“Keep It Secret” Policies Enable Cultures Of Harassment And Discrimination |

"Thanks to Tarana Burke’s Me Too movement, TIME’S UP and others, it’s no longer possible to ignore the devastating impacts…
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Climate Majority Project’s Net-Zero by 2050 Report |

"A new report [from our partner the Climate Majority Project] details the urgency of global decarbonization and the risks and…
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The First Peoples Investment Engagement Program Case Study: Social Cost and Material Loss |

"The First Peoples Investment Engagement Program (FPIEP) case study, Social Cost and Material Loss, examines the numerous impacts attendant to the Dakota…
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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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The Nathan Cummings Foundation’s Role as Shareholder Activist

After 15 years of working on shareholder engagement efforts at the Nathan Cummings Foundation, Laura Campos is surprised that more…
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