Mary Phillips

This New Year begins NNCG's tenth as a learning community of consultants dedicated to strengthening the field of philanthropy.  In keeping with the time-honored tradition of January resolution making, I am writing about a few ways that our community can work together to renew our resolve.
Lifestyle experts advise that fruitful resolutions are realistic, well-planned and easy to track; they recommend getting support when needed. NNCG is renewing its commitment to being your resource and welcomes your input for our planning. 
Our Steering Committee will gather at the end of this month for a 12-hour retreat to renew NNCG's strategic goals and objectives.  There is little doubt that the organization will remain a place for consultants to learn and to connect with colleagues that share interests.  Please let us know what programming, activities and partnerships you would like to see NNCG pursue and how our organization can serve you better. Email our administrator Lori Jolliffe or contact one of us.
One of the three priorities set in our 2011 strategic plan was to "promote thought leadership of NNCG members."  The 2015 Foundation Review issue on philanthropy consulting, and series of related webinars, provided a venue for sharing knowledge and connecting more philanthropy consultants to our learning community.
If one of your 2016 resolutions is to participate in more learning opportunities, here is a chance to act quickly. The last webinar of the NNCG Foundation Review webinar series entitled, The Family Foundation Lifecycle and the Role of Consultants, takes place this Wednesday at 2:00 PM EDT.  See complete details below, including how to register.  Recordings of earlier webinars are available to NNCG members through NNCG's website as well.
We hope to see you and hear your thoughts in person at NNCG's annual meeting on Sunday, April 10, from 4-6p ET, preceding the Council on Foundations conference in Washington, D.C. Look for more details coming soon!
Following our retreat later this month, NNCG leadership and staff will return with vigor and enthusiasm to plan for the remainder of the year and declare goals for the future.  Stay tuned for NNCG's 2016 resolutions and for details about our annual meeting.
Best wishes,
Mary Phillips,
President, GMA Foundations
Member, NNCG Steering Committee
NNCG Annual Convening

Our Annual Convening will take place on Sunday, April 10th from 4-6p at the 
Washington Hilton.  This is in conjunction with the 2016 Council on Foundations Annual Conference.

Please save the date!  We will have complete details soon, so watch your email for more information.
NNCG Member seeks Family Foundation Referral

The National Center for Family Philanthropy has asked NNCG member Tony Macklin to write one of its longer Passages Issues Briefs. The title is "Expanding Your Comfort Zone: Managing Risk" and is based on a session he facilitated at NCFP's fall forum. He will be looking at assessing risk through five lenses (see attached diagram) - personal, strategy, grant/investment, organizational culture and brand, and external. He will also look at how families are taming unpredictability and even embracing uncertainty.
Tony is hoping to add 2-3 more mini-case studies to the piece and wonders if NNCG members knew of a family foundation or philanthropic family that:
  • Actively talks about risk and/or has an informal or formal way of assessing it, and/or
  • Has somehow included risk tolerance in its family values, mission, legacy statement, or similar documents.
If so, Tony would like reach out to that family in the next couple of weeks to see if they'd be willing to be part of the Issues Brief. He is happy to answer any questions via email or a call if you want to learn more before recommending someone.

Tony Macklin, CAPĀ®
Tony Macklin Consulting
NNCG Webinars on Philanthropy Consulting

Our series continues tomorrow with the webinar The Family Foundation Life Cycle and the Role of Consultants presented by NNCG Member Mary Phillips of GMA Foundations, Suzanna Stribling of The Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation, and Susan Shore Schwartz  of The Cemala Foundation.  This webinar is co-sponsored by The National Center for Family Philanthropy and it builds on this article in NNCG's co-edited issue of The Foundation Review published this past spring.

Registration is free for NNCG members; non-members receive a multi-webinar discount.  To learn more and register, visit our events page.

NNCG's Philanthropy Consulting Webinar Series is co-sponsored by the Council on Foundations, Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, The Foundation Center, Learn Philanthropy, Exponent Philanthropy, Northern California Grantmakers, and
The Foundation Review.

Consultant Opportunity:  21/64 Hiring Senior Consultant

The 21/64 Team is seeking a new Senior Consultant with the passion and experience in working with families, next gen earners/inheritors and their advisors on philanthropy and other family enterprises. Must have strong business development and facilitation skills--including the ability to handle dynamics. Read the full job description here  and submit any questions or applications to hr@2164.net. Please forward this to others who may be interested and qualified.


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NNCG Members in Action

NNCG highlights members' thought leadership - articles, presentations, innovations and other activities that advance philanthropic practice. Follow the links for more information.

Valerie Jacobs will be speaking at the    The Summit: Coming Together  presented by the Orange County Funders Roundtable on February 4 in a session about collective impact which will highlight her family foundation's place-based work in San Diego. The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation's work has become a model for its resident-led approach to neighborhood revitalization. The session for funders will focus on determining the feasibility of taking a collective impact approach and sustaining the work over time.  

Erica V. Ekwurzel, founder of CivicAIM, a philanthropy consulting practice based in Austin, Texas, is pleased to announce the launch of a brand new website, www.civicaim.com. You are invited to explore the site, which showcases core services to funders, client testimonials, and case studies of support, with more case studies to come!  As a way to interact with people serious about philanthropic strategy, visit the Blog section to learn and exchange resources and experiences in strategic giving.

TCC Group invites all certified CCAT facilitators to attend a free refresher course on Friday, January 22, 2016, 12:30-2pm EST.  This 90-minute session will address all of your questions and interests related to the CCAT. We look forward to an engaging session, and please share this event with colleagues! For all CCAT-related questions, please contact Kisha McKinney at kmckinney@tccgrp.com or call 215-568-0399.

Thaler Pekar, CEO of Thaler Pekar & Partners, is a guest on BBC World Radio's The Forum, on the topic of "The Dangers of Storytelling". She joins a psychologist and a journalist in discussing the need for complex stories in complex times. You can access it on the show's home page, or, during the month of February, listen to the podcast.
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