October 2020
NNCG Working Paper on Disability Inclusion

With great pleasure, I’m sharing the release of Disability Inclusion in Philanthropy, a working paper for grantmakers and the consultants who support their work. This document serves as a starting place of learning for our Disability Inclusion Working Group at the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers. As a discrete environmental scan, it provides a bird’s-eye view of how the philanthropic sector is generally addressing disability inclusion and presents a few examples of grantmaker initiatives and projects. It also includes profiles of some amazing consultants!
We hope that you enjoy reading what will serve as a launchpad to our disability inclusion offerings in 2021. We are each individually and collectively on a journey to center the principles of diversity, inclusion, and equity in the work we do on behalf of our philanthropic clients. Disability inclusion is key to this effort.
Please send us a note if you are interested in joining the Disability Inclusion Working Group in 2021. We are looking forward to expanding our community of learning and practice.

We are also excited to introduce our new logo with this newsletter! We are hard at work on a website refresh, and will send an announcement as soon as it is ready. In the meantime, enjoy this sneak peek of what is to come!
Mary Phillips, Chair
NNCG Steering Committee
Meet our Disability & Inclusion Working Group
Please let us know if you are interested in joining this impressive team!
Wanda Casillas, Equal Measure
Stephanie Clohesy*, Clohesy Consulting
Marcia Coné*, Equitable Evaluation Initiative
Nakia Green, Nakia J Consulting
Gita Gulati-Partee*, OpenSource Leadership Strategies
Carly Hare, CHANGE Philanthropy
Emily Harris, Harris Strategies
Shannon Johnson*, Blue Garnet
Becky Lentz*, University of Texas Austin
Dara Major*, Independent Consultant
Lisa McGill*, LM Strategies Consulting
Sofiya Cheyenne, Penn Creative Strategy
Mary Elizabeth Rider*, Rider Consulting
Seema Shah*, COMM|VEDA Consulting
Tammy Tai*, Tai Consulting
Sharmila Rao Thakkar*, SRT Advising Consulting
Kim Walker, Arabella Advisors
Upcoming Events
The Philanthropy Consultant’s Virtual Cafe [Peer Exchange - 10/28]
Based on the great turnout, meaningful connections, and practical peer exchange at our last Virtual Cafe, we are excited to offer our next informal open-space gathering on October 28th at 1:00 pm Eastern time. Open to all!

Generation Impact: An inside look with the authors into their updated edition
[Webinar - 11/4]
Given the significance that next gen donors will have on the philanthropic landscape in the decade ahead, the authors of Generation Impact, Sharna Goldseker and Michael Moody hoped their book would offer helpful insights from Gen Xers and Millennial donors themselves. *Please note - this webinar will not be recorded for future viewing at the request of the presenters.

Disability and Philanthropy: Resources for Consultants to Grantmakers
[Webinar - 11/17]
Join the Disability & Philanthropy Forum and the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers for a real-time tour of the new Disability & Philanthropy Forum website and learn more about the benefits of applying for free membership.

Tapping the Value of the NNCG Network [Webinar - 12/2]
For Members and Potential Members: Are you getting the most out of your NNCG membership? Join Mary Phillips (NNCG Steering Committee Chair), Jessica Bearman (NNCG Membership Experience Task Force Chair), and Lisa McGill (NNCG Project Advisor) to learn about the ways in which NNCG members are making the most of our great resources!

New & Renewing Members
What our Members are Saying
NNCG ramped up its summer programming to include a 4-part series of interactive virtual consultant Bootcamps that support the work/life balance of your consulting practice. 

The feedback has been overwhelming!
~"Humbled to be a part of such an elite group of people"
~"I really enjoyed the session and the caliber of panelists! There was so much that inspired me to think and work differently."
~"The two sessions so far have been super interesting. Thanks so much for hosting the bootcamp!"

On August 7th, we held a virtual Racial Equity training session for members of our Steering Committee, task forces, and Disability Inclusion Working Group. This session was made possible with funding from a United Philanthropy Forum mini-grant. The 4-hour session focused - among other things - on greater clarity around how to navigate difficult conversations with clients on topics related to racial equity. Again, the feedback was impressive:
 ~"...most important was the chance to have some dialog with our community of consultants."
~"Terrific & wide ranging, so meaningful to chat with peers and exchange perspectives on common challenges."
~"I felt so supported in the complexity (and toughness) of my situation"
~"Great to have a small cohort of smart consultants to talk about challenges."
Members in Action
Suzanne Smith and Social Impact Architects have launched a Coronavirus Resource Center for nonprofits and social entrepreneurs, which includes the latest thinking and ideas, including up-to-date legislative details, helpful hints, free resources, and donor and fundraising trends. Please feel free to share it and backlink it on your website to help your clients too.
Yvonne Moore is thrilled to share the launch of Moore Impact, the exempt arm of Moore Philanthropy, which enables individuals, families, and institutions to partner with us, an organization firmly grounded in the principles of equity and inclusion, on fiscal sponsorship of time-limited projects and the establishment of Donor Advised Funds (DAFs).
GMA Foundations' Opioid Response Fund - a six-month pooled giving and immersive learning experience for nine participating foundations - kicked off on June 24. NNCG member Phil Hall says the fund focuses on applying the most strategic use of philanthropic resources to the outsized health, emotional, and economic impacts of the opioid crisis.
Seema Shaw, of COMM|VEDA Consulting recently released a timely report on Partnering with Community for Better Philanthropy. The report's tips and tools resonate as foundations think about how Covid-19 affects community investments moving forward.