For the past 10 years, The National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers (NNCG) has been the place where grantmakers of all types can find experienced, qualified, understanding and ethical consultants. Foundations go through a wide variety of situations when it would be very helpful to work with a consultant. These can concern the foundation board, staff, changes or improvements in their grants program, IT, communications, financial issues, and many other matters. Being able to find an experienced, capable and thoughtful consultant can really improve how a grantmaker operates, improve their grants and thus improve some portion of this world.
NNCG recently had its annual meeting at the Council on Foundations meeting in Washington D.C. It provided an opportunity for a group of expert and experienced consultants to look at how to improve our individual, as well as group endeavors for learning, creating and innovating. We discussed how to change and contribute to the field of philanthropy, how to provide a learning culture and how to provide and open opportunities for consultants and the field in general.
During the meeting we also discussed: trends in our field and in philanthropy (such as social investing or mission related investing) and how we should adapt; how we can learn from mistakes as well as successes and how do we help foundations communicate better and understand their stakeholder's needs. Grantmakers of all sorts have increasing expectations of their consultants and we want and expect our NNCG members to meet those expectations.
Our annual meeting provides an opportunity to plan how to reach our members through our webinars to ensure that our members are continuing to remain flexible and able to improve the work of foundations. We want NNCG to continue to grow, improve and assist our members to help grantmakers and investors to improve the lives of people around the world.
NNCG Steering Committee Member