WASHINGTON, Nov. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Over the past 10 years, U.S. foundations have moved painfully slowly toward adopting practices that address the urgent problems our communities face today despite seeing tremendous growth in assets. As the country prepares to move forward in light of the recent presidential elections, foundations across the country can do more to marshal their resources in the fight for lasting social, economic and environmental equity and justice. The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP), the country's only independent watchdog of grantmakers, today announced a new strategic framework that reflects the organization's priority for the next 10 years: to provide social justice movements and their current and potential funders with useful resources that will help increase impact and win important campaigns. "There are pressing problems facing our society … We believe NCRP's new strategic framework will enable us to significantly contribute to shaping a country that truly embodies our core values of equity, democracy and justice for all," said Aaron Dorfman, president and CEO of NCRP, and Sherece West-Scantlebury, board chair of NCRP, in a letter posted on NCRP's new website. "We believe that we could still see significant progress to advance women's equality, reform our criminal justice system, combat climate change, expand economic opportunity, secure fair treatment for immigrants and combat structural racism." Other social movements that NCRP will begin working with are arts and justice, democracy, education equity, financial reform, health equity and LGBTQI rights. For the first time in its 40-year history, NCRP will expand its work to also include programming that encourages high-net-worth individuals to give in ways that benefit and empower underserved communities. "We're already seeing the tremendous influence that wealthy donors have on issues that affect all of us," said Dorfman and West-Scantlebury, who also serves as president and CEO of Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. "It's important that they, and the various organizations that serve them, have the tools and information they need to give in ways that advance justice and equity."