MAY 2018

We are excited to announce our new partnership with Southeastern Council of Foundations (SECF) to introduce its members to the dynamic philanthropy consultants in our network! The partnership also includes an opportunity for us to enhance the
diversity of our consultant network by increasing our presence in the service region of SECF, including the 11 Southeastern states it serves. The 
Southeastern Council of Foundations  (SECF) is one of the nation's largest regional associations of grantmakers, serving more than 330 of the most dynamic foundations and corporate giving programs in the South. 
With this partnership, we'll have the opportunity to identify areas where increased access to quality, diversity, and choice in grantmaker consulting will improve the field of philanthropy.
We kicked off the partnership with our April webinar, Embedding Equity in Strategic Planning: How to Leverage a Consultant's Expertise , featuring Stephanie Clohesy of Clohesy Consulting and Dr. Keecha Harris of KHA Inc.  This webinar explored the ways in which consultants bring their expertise to the table to help grantmakers develop a strategic plan that's grounded in a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
If you didn't have the opportunity to join the webinar, we encourage members to log in to the members-only section of our website and view it at your convenience.
Make sure to look out for additional joint programming as this partnership gets under way.

NNCG Vice-Chair Contributes to SECF's Inspiration Magazine

Stephanie Clohesy, vice-chair of the NNCG Steering Committee, recently contributed to the SECF magazine " Inspiration, Where Philanthropy Begins."  The article, Commitments to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Deserve Smart Consulting, stems from our new partnership with SECF.  Read the full text here.

DEI Webinar: Hard Knocks of Equity Work - Seven Critical Tactics for Advancing Equity at Philanthropic Institutions

May 22, 12p ET.    Over the last decade of providing an array of consulting services to foundations, Frontline Solutions has learned a lot about ourselves as an enterprise, the field of philanthropy, and what it means to advance equity within grantmaking institutions. Most of our lessons came the hard way!   Registration and Complete Details.
DEI Webinar:  Exploring Equity Approaches in the Philanthropic Sector: Two Case Studies

June 28, 1p ET.    Philanthropy-serving organizations are increasingly playing a role in efforts to advance equity in the philanthropic sector.  In some cases, they are providing technical assistance and consultative services to grantmakers.  In other cases, they are managing collaborations and cross-sector work in partnership with major funders. Registration and Complete Details.

NNCG Now! Tips & Tools

Our latest post,  Open for Good: Knowledge Sharing to Strengthen Grantmaking , was shared by NNCG Member Clare Nolan, with Janet Camarena and Jen Bokoff.  It is reposted with permission from GrantCraft

Welcome New and Renewing Members!

NNCG Members in Action
Learning opportunity for your clients: On May 16 Mary Phillips, President of GMA Foundations, leads a virtual seminar on Governance Basics as part of Exponent Philanthropy's Foundations 101 series. Recommend this session to a trustee or staff member interested in getting a basic understanding of how boards can be structured and steps they should consider to ensure smooth governance and grantmaking.
The latest report from TCC Group - (Un)precedented: Philanthropy Takes Action in the First Year of a New Political Reality - documents how philanthropy has demonstrated flexibility, nimbleness, and a willingness to collaborate in the first year of the new presidential administration, serving as a model of creative adaptation for the field going forward.
In April Yvonne Moore of Moore Philanthropy curated a donor learning session at Philanthropy New York. Presenters included Leymah R. Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate, and Thelma Ekiyor, Philanthropic Advisor at Afrigrants (Lagos, Nigeria). The panel offered data on the rapid increase of African donors of wealth, a critical perspective dispelling myths around direct investment, and opportunities for U.S. donors and investors to partner with African donors to invest in African leaders and African solutions.

NNCG member Christine Gallegos will be digging into the question, "How do you solve BIG, difficult problems?" @KatapultNorway in Oslo, Norway on May 14. Come watch! Check out to reserve your ticket now! #KFF18
In a recent blog post , Learning for Action introduced a tool  and approach for assessing and improving collaborative performance. It shares a tool that you can customize, use to self-diagnose, as well as create a roadmap for identifying and making the changes needed to support strong collaborative performance.
Sharmila Rao Thakkar will host two workshops at the upcoming Staten Island Not for Profit Association annual nonprofit conference: "Engaging the New Donor: Next Gen, Inheritors, Entrepreneurs and People of Color" and "Engaging a Dispersed & Diverse Board." Learn more and register today.

Kris Putnam-Walkerly's  Philanthropy 411 Blog  was selected as a Top 40 Philanthropy Blog by  Feedspot Putnam Consulting Group is proud to be honored among these top writers of philanthropic influence.

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