Launched in 1983 as Public Interest Projects (PIP), a 501(c)(3) public charity, NEO Philanthropy is committed to building strong social justice movements.
As an intermediary, we bridge the gap that often exists between funders and organizations doing the work, through collaborative funds, fiscal sponsorships, capacity building and donor services, such as donor advised funds and special initiatives.
We bring deep experience and expertise to philanthropy
We have three decades of experience and longstanding relationships with hundreds of institutions, ranging from blue chip endowed foundations to volunteer-led grassroots projects. Over the past five years alone, funders have used NEO as an intermediary to make almost 1,400 grants totaling about $115 million to some 480 distinct groups in almost all 50 states. We are always looking for opportunities to make more connections between these groups, promote donor learning, support knowledge sharing and coalition building at critical convenings and conduct groundbreaking issue research. NEO’s staff are recognized leaders in their fields, bringing a deep bench of expertise, intellectual capital and practical experience to the work.
We help philanthropy keep pace
The movements for social justice operate at a fast – sometimes frenetic – pace as organizations respond to ever-changing political environments. As a nimble and responsive intermediary, NEO can help institutional funders respond more quickly to emerging needs while upholding time-tested and diligent grant making processes. This includes rapid response support, help in filling unexpected funding gaps and crisis management.
We help funders break out of silos
Funding silos are a fact of foundation life, but critical issues often fall between the cracks. In our role as an intermediary, NEO has helped funders transcend narrowly focused funding silos. Through NEO, our funders have supported intersectional work that bridges a wide variety of issues, such as criminal justice and immigration rights; racial justice and school reform; human trafficking; domestic violence; and LGBTQ rights and human rights. We also help social justice organizations make the connections across sectors necessary for deep change.
We help organizations do their work
We see ourselves as partners with the organizations we support, not just funders. Donors and fiscally sponsored projects have access to an entire team of highly experienced NEO staff and to an array of services and expertise provided at a lower or more flexible cost than would be possible for these projects on their own. We can leverage our knowledge of donors to provide advice around fundraising and donor relationship building. Our fiscal sponsorship program provides a dependable and consistent back-office function to groups and projects so they can focus on critical program work. As part of that program, our dedicated and highly skilled staff also offer expert financial management and accounting, including regular and transparent financial reporting, so that projects can make informed programmatic decisions. Our fiscally sponsored projects receive legal guidance around 501(c)(3) compliance, lobbying, contracting, human resources expertise, benefits administration and many other services.
NEO’s Consultant Services and expert staff offer valuable, practical benefits and increased capacity to organizations around strategic communications, fundraising, field assessments and donor scans, issue analysis, tool kits and convenings and strategic direction. Find out more about our Consulting Services.
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