April 2020

I hope that you and your family are staying safe and doing well.  In the middle on this unprecedented health and social crisis, all of us on the NNCG Steering Committee are thinking of each of you.
This spring edition of our newsletter features the amazing work of our fellow consultants in the NNCG Network and illuminates how the guidance and expertise of philanthropy consultants can provide tremendous support to a range of issues in philanthropy.
You'll have the opportunity to read about a fountain of resources on philanthropy's response to Covid-19, curated by NNCG Member Brittany Kienker of Kienker Consulting LLC. Brittany developed this resource bank for the Council on Michigan Foundations, and the information is available with open access here.
This newsletter also includes information on how to highlight your work in the NNCG Knowledge Center via our partnership with IssueLab by Candid.  Our Knowledge Center is a great way to share your work with our Network and the broader community.  In fact, the most recent entries to the Knowledge Center feature an early peek at two resources, Partnering with Community for Better Philanthropy and A Foot in Both Worlds: Working with Regional Organizations to Advance Equity, developed with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. These resources were developed by two of our NNCG members, Seema Shah and Lisa McGill.
For information on how members can upload work to the Knowledge Center, click here.
Don't forget to check out the newsletter's short feature on our member benefits, by the way! In addition to our partnerships with several regional philanthropy-serving organizations, we have established opportunities for special discounts on great philanthropic resources for our members.
We look forward to being in (virtual) contact soon. Be well!
Mary Phillips

NNCG Now! COVID-19 Resources at CMF

Be sure to check out a recent blog post from NNCG member  Brittany Kienker, Ph.D., (Principal and Owner, Kienker Consulting LLC).  Dr. Kienker serves as an expert-in-residence for her client, the Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF), and has spent weeks compliling the latest COVID-19 resources.

NNCG Knowledge Center
Inform Your Practice. Increase Your Impact.
NNCG has built a Knowledge Center in cooperation with Candid's acclaimed IssueLab. The collection shares the thought leadership of NNCG members by making best practices, tools, analyses, articles, evaluations and other items of value created by NNCG members widely available to the philanthropic field - a resource that benefits the practice of philanthropy.

Reading access is open to all, but members have the benefit to be able to contribute to this body of work.  Recent additions include t wo new reports , Partnering with Community for Better Philanthropy and A Foot in Both Worlds: Working with Regional Organizations to Advance Equity.  Both offer critical insights and tips on how national foundations can strengthen their relationships with those most directly impacted by inequity.   These reports are especially relevant as foundations consider their responses to COVID-19 and seek to reach those most affected at the local and regional level. The reports are authored by NNCG members Seema Shah and Lisa McGill, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Our Partnership with Southeastern Council of Foundations 

SECF has launched its first podcast, The Bridge. Hosted by SECF President & CEO Janine Lee, The Bridge shares stories of the ways in which foundations are bringing together people in their communities to spark dialogue and lasting change. This new offering is one of the first initiatives to come as a result of the new SECF Equity Framework, which is supported by NNCG member firm Marga Inc.

Join our LinkedIn Group 

Are you on LinkedIn?  We hope that you join us for lively discussion, updates, and professional development on our LinkedIn Group for NNCG members!
Let's get you started! It's easy. If you are on LinkedIn,  please visit this page and request to be added .
Let us know what you think and feel free to post and chat with fellow members!

Benefit Spotlight - Partner Discounts

NNCG Members are eligible for substantial discounts on publications and resources from Alliance Magazine, Exponent Philanthropy, United Philanthropy Forum, and The Foundation Review!

Members can log in to our members-only web page to reveal the discount codes for these opportunities. If you are not a member, join today to unlock these great benefits! 

Upcoming Webinars
Presented by Kris Putnam-Walkerly

Did you know that most philanthropists want to change the world, but they get in their own way?  Kris Putnam-Walkerly, global philanthropy advisor and author of  Delusional Altruism: Why Philanthropists Fail To Achieve Change And What They Can Do To Transform Giving (Wiley, March 2020), will share common delusional thoughts and practices that drastically hinder philanthropists from achieving transformational social change. These practices and behaviors can hold funders back during the best of times, and are often magnified during a crisis.  Kris will also explain how consultants can inadvertently contribute to this delusional thinking, and what they can do to help funders transform their giving.

Presented by 
Marcia Coné
May 6 - 12p Eastern

Featuring  Carol Larson, outgoing president and CEO of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation
May 21, 12p ET
Reminder!  NNCG Members can view a recorded webinar at any time by logging in to the members-only section of our website.  Once logged in, select the Archived Webinars page to see all of our past programming.  We encourage our members to participate in the live sessions, but realize this is not always possible.  Enjoy! 
New & Renewing Members
Welcome New Members!

Thank you Renewing Members!

The Philanthropic Group
Draper Consulting
GMA Foundations
Whittier Trust
Harder+Company Community Research
Learning for Action
VIVA Social Impact Partners
Engage R&D
Strategic Philanthropy
Community Science
California Wellness Foundation
Linda Marshall
Carolyn O'Brien
Amy Main Morgenstern
Holli Rivera
Jeff Glebocki
Tony Macklin
Rebecca Van Sickle
Pat Krackov
Suzanne Busta
Gita Gulati-Partee
Max Freund
Valerie Jacobs
Donnell Mersereau
Lisa McGill
Lisa Korwin
Mary Elizabeth Rider
Thomas Backer
Belinda Lyons-Newman
Marcia Cone
Suzanne Callahan
Sharmila Rao Thakkar
Ruth Masterson
Jessica Hembree
Michael Courville

NNCG Members in Action
Last year, NNCG member firm Arabella Advisors published a report, Moving Beyond Theories of Change, outlining insights gleaned from more than 14 years of working with dozens of foundations, individual donors, and corporate philanthropy programs as they make the journey from idea to impact.

This year, they plan to deepen the resource base, offering interactive experiences, both online and in-person, that demonstrate the practices leading to these insights. Learn more.

NNCG member David Maurrasse recently published a new book, Philanthropy and Society.  This is a  comprehensive introduction to the field of philanthropy, Philanthropy and Society  challenges the reader to think deeply about the role of philanthropic institutions in shaping and bettering the communities they serve and civil society as a whole.
About NNCG
The National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers is dedicated to elevating, expanding and improving philanthropy. It's the only organization that brings together high-quality consultants to support the work of grantmakers while advancing quality and ethical standards in the practice of philanthropy consulting. NNCG's distinguished and diverse membership represents experienced and carefully vetted practitioners and thought leaders in the philanthropic field.
Learn more at NNCG.org.

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