Dear NNCG Members, Partners, and Friends,

We are proud to announce big news: NNCG is now a member of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers. Thank you to Dave Biemesderfer and his wonderful team for welcoming us into the fold as a national philanthropy serving organization (PSO). With this partnership, our members will have opportunities to assist regional associations with professional development content and delivery, and Forum members will be invited to help identify areas where increased access to quality, diversity, and choice in grantmaker consulting will improve the field of philanthropy.

We're very excited about our plans for 2017 and beyond. Here are some highlights:
We've included additional resources from our partners:
Look for more to come in 2017, and - if you haven't already - let us know how you'd like to get involved to ensure that ethical, collaborative, and effective philanthropy creates extraordinary opportunities in our communities, and our world.


Terry Horton
NNCG Project Director
NNCG Webinar Series

Advocacy is the single most effective grant making strategy to achieve social impact and advance a foundation's mission.  Yet there's still a tendency to undervalue and avoid it by a majority of foundations, for a multitude of reasons based on misperceptions, fear and frequently impatience for results.   According to research funded by the Aspen Institute, while more nonprofits report engaging in advocacy over the last decade their participation and engagement are sporadic, narrow, thin and inconsistent, instead of consistent, wide, deep and impactful.   The number one reason cited by nonprofits is a lack of resources, including foundation funding.

In this interactive session we will explore some of the challenges and opportunities behind the gap that exists between the possibilities advocacy affords as a grant making strategy and the hesitation and reluctance of foundations to embrace it.  We will begin with some basic definitions and legal rules to establish what's permissible while also confronting myths and misperceptions.  We will also explore the benefits and possibilities of advocacy for grant making when its focused on mission fulfillment, including most significantly, the role of advocacy as the necessary partner to innovation.  Without advocacy achieving real social transformation is not possible. Advocacy provides both the scale and pathway to implement the solutions foundations fund.  In an age when having impact, going to scale and being innovative have become mantras in the field of philanthropy, understanding, and supporting advocacy is essential to success.

Laurel O'Sullivan & Meghann Beer, Advocacy Collaborative
Representatives from the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Register Today!   February 15, 2017 - 1:00-2:00 PM Eastern

NNCG Members:  FREE
Non-Members: $55.00
2-webinar package*:  $100.00
3-webinar package*:  $135.00
*Purchase of a 2 or 3 webinar package allows the buyer to attend this plus additional NNCG webinar(s) for up to 1 year from purchase date.  Please email lori.jane@nncg.org with your additional selections.

Next up:
NNCG Member Benefit - Partner Discounts

NNCG partners with Alliance Magazine, Council on Foundations, The Foundation Review and several others to offer our members discounts on memberships, subscriptions, and more.  Log in to your member account and select "Discount Codes" to see all that we have to offer!
Welcome New and Renewing Network Members!

New Members:
Adrienne Bousian
Ella Desruisseaux
Sheila Kappeler-Finn

Mary Elizabeth Rider

Charles Streitwieser
Richard Vezina


Renewing Members (Firms):

Advocacy & Communications

Cassie Batson
Scarlett Bouder
Rebecca Cohen
Lori McClung


Draper Consulting Group

Lee Draper
Ellen Snyder
Colburn (Cole) Wilbur


LaPiana Consulting

Jo DeBolt
Heather Gowdy
Robert Harrington
David La Piana
Lester Omstead-Rose


Learning for Action

Emily Boer Drake
Alex Hildebrand
Steven LaFrance 
Nancy Latham
JT Taylor


Strategic Philanthropy, Ltd.
Betsy Brill
Mollie Bunis


Whittier Trust
Pegine Grayson
Julie Lytle Nesbit
Brian Van Weele


Renewing Members (Individuals):

Thomas E. Backer
Suzanne Callahan
Paul Connolly
Jara Dean-Coffey
Nancy Frank
Jeffrey M. Glebocki
Gita Gulati-Partee
Jeff Hoffman
Valerie Jacobs
Lisa Korwin
Pat Krackov
Iris Krieg
Lindalee A. Lawrence
Tony Macklin
Linda Marshall
Donnell Snite Mersereau
Yvonne Moore
Amy Main Morgenstern
Mark E. Neithercut
Carolyn O'Brien
Kristen Putnam-Walkerly

Holli Rivera

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.

Kris Putnam-Walkerly will share findings from her recent report "Findings and Lessons From a Field Scan of Foundations That Are Embracing Equity." at the Colorado Association of Foundations on January 26th.  

Informing Change, in collaboration with the California Health Care Foundation and Center for Care Innovations (CCI), recently shared several new resources on building the analytics capabilities of safety net organization, based on what we learned during the Safety Net Analytics Program, a 14-month, cohort-based learning program for health care organizations. Our case studies and field brief explore effective strategies cultivating data-driven cultures in community clinic contexts.  Find resources and learnings here.

Paul Connolly recently published an article in The Chronicle of Philanthropy titled 

Dr. Becky Lentz is teaching a graduate seminar on Social Justice Philanthropy in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. The course counts toward the Portfolio Program in Nonprofit Studies.

NonProfitInformation.com selected Brian Sooy to write "The Marketing Matrix: Six Elements of a Nonprofit Marketing Plan," with a focus on engaging an organization's audience over the long run to develop deep affinity and meaningful relationships.

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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