October 2019

We hope that you are having a great start to the fall season!  This newsletter features some amazing work by our NNCG members! 
We'd like to highlight the article on our colleagues at Community Science. Kien Lee and Brandon Coffee-Borden teamed up with the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation (RMHF) to evaluate a grant initiative of the foundation. The effort intentionally provided a co-learning opportunity focused on collaboration, community participation, and health equity. Through this opportunity, RMHF sought to learn with and from grantees and their partners how best to affect health outcomes in the region, through a collaborative strategy and a racial equity lens.
It's a great feature on the ways in which philanthropy consultants can partner with grantmaking institutions to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion. 
By the way, if you are in Atlanta on November 13 for the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Council of Foundations, please stop by for the NNCG session, Leveraging Effective Consultant/Foundation Partnerships to Advance Equity in Philanthropy, on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at 11 am ET.  Kien will share more about the work with Richmond Memorial Health Foundation. She'll be joined by Marion Johnson from Frontline Solutions and Lisa McGill of LM Strategies Consulting to discuss the unique role consultants play in supporting the equity goals of philanthropic institutions.
SECF is one of our regional partners, and we can't wait to share our DEI Toolkit with its members during our session.  We hope you'll attend the session for a lively discussion!

Mary Phillips
Using Research and Evaluation to Inform DEI Strategies

Kien Lee is Principal Associate/Vice President and Brandon Coffee- Borden is Managing Associate for  Community Science , a research and development organization that works with governments, foundations, and non-profit organizations to solve social problems through community and systems change. They help clarify racial equity and how it fits into the philosophy, operations and practices of an organization, and they focus their support on research and evaluation to inform, strengthen and monitor DEI strategies. 

One of the most difficult challenges when facilitating an organization's work is to determine what is being said and not being said about racial equity. Sometimes this means getting uncomfortable and asking the hard questions.  Read the full article here .

NNCG & Exponent Philanthropy Renew Partnership Agreement

NNCG & Exponent Philanthropy are pleased to confirm a renewal of their partnership agreement.  This agreement provides for the following:

  • 20% Discount for NNCG members on Exponent's Foundation Operations & Management Report.  Full details can be found here.  Members - log in to our Members Only section to see the discount code.
  • NNCG and Exponent will co-host a webinar in April of 2020.  Stay tuned for details!
Upcoming Webinars
Culture at the Core - How one foundation built culture to advance their strategy
November 6, 2019 - 12:00 - 1:00 PM Eastern

In this webinar, we will tell the story of how a new foundation - 
Headwaters Foundation  in Missoula, Montana - set out to build a strong, healthy, and resilient culture that could fully support the work it needed to do. We will share why culture building was important, the resources needed to do it well, and how external consulting and facilitation helped strengthen empathy and understanding among the team and establish protocols that can be used again and again. During this webinar, Headwaters CEO,  Brenda Solorzano  and philanthropy consultant  Jessica Bearman  (Bearman Consulting, LLC) will give a candid look under the hood of this work and share concrete, practical strategies to help organizations translate deeply held values into enduring operating principles essential to moving your foundation's strategy.

Register Today!

Moving Policy and Systems Change Agendas: Lessons and Trends for Philanthropists
December 10, 2019 - 1:00 - 2:00 PM Eastern

The intersection of philanthropy and politics was once a taboo topic. Over the past 10
years, there has been a slow move for increased funding of grantees engaged in policy and systems change.   Recently, however, there has been a shift in the way that foundations themselves view their role and engagement in policy change. More recently, funders are beginning to show up more and more as advocates themselves. Join us for a conversation with
 Leah Ersoylu, of Ersoylu Consulting, as she shares trends in the field of funding policy and systems change agendas.   She will share some challenges and opportunities grantmakers face based on their type, structure and history. She will also provide insights into ways that philanthropy can put increased strength behind the social causes that align with their vision. 

Register Today! 

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! 

NCFP recently released 
Trends 2020 , the second national benchmark survey of family foundations. 

Building on findings from  Trends 2015 , Trends 2020 explores the grantmaking, governance, and operations practices of family foundations. In particular, the study reveals a shift in grantmaking strategies, an increasing use of impact investing, and a strong focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
In preparation for Exponent Philanthropy's 2020 National Conference, they are inviting members of their community to submit session ideas by November 1, 2019.

Exponent Philanthropy's National Conference has a strong reputation for engaging the head and heart, providing meaningful opportunities to connect and learn collaboratively, and radiating a welcoming culture that makes everyone feel part of a supportive community.

Sessions are designed to address the specific challenges faced by funders with few or no staff by building and strengthening core skills, examining advanced topics, and exploring trends. 

Welcome New and Renewing Members!

Be sure to check out recent blog posts about our members and friends as featured in our DEI Toolkit -   Pushing Clients Beyond Their Comfort Zones A Basic Roadmap for Advancing Racial Equity and  The Gold Standard: Every Agency Should Be Inclusive of People with Disabilities.
NNCG Members in Action
"From Idea to Initiative: Real-Time Learning for a Funder Collaborative on Nonprofit Strategic Restructuring"  Way-Ting and Shannon from Blue Garnet were recently published in The Foundation Review (the first peer-reviewed journal on philanthropy)! Dive into this resource about the evolution of the Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative (NSI)-a multi-funder collaborative supporting nonprofit strategic partnerships in Los Angeles. Thanks to Jennifer Price-Letscher (Ralph M. Parson's Foundation), Carrie Harlow (Ahmanson Foundation), and Lynn Alvarez (formerly Project Manager for NSI) for co-authoring!

FMA is proud to have been a part of a two-year collaboration involving five leading foundation presidents who have agreed to apply a menu of solutions to pay grantees' true costs. A brand new  series of articles about the project--from the varying perspectives of funders, grantees, and intermediaries--were published this month at The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Hilda Polanco's  characteristically practical contribution was co-authored with Andrea Wilson of BDO.

In a recent blog post, Learning for Action revisited LFA's Equity Checklists to share one tool for designing equitable evaluations from the start of an evaluation, recognizing that our client organizations, and the communities they serve, are critical partners in helping us define and design our research.

Grantmakers concerned with financial due diligence are attending Alfonso Perillo's workshop 1 + 1 = 2 Fund or Not to Fund at Exponent Philanthropy's CONNECT conference in St. Louis, October 3. Alfonso, Director of Financial Services at GMA Foundations, goes beyond the numbers to start conversations with nonprofit leaders.
Tuti B. Scott and Slingshot present Money, Gender, and Power: A Guide to Funding With a Gender Lens.  Join Tuti, strategic philanthropy consultant and change leader, as she shows us how to bring a gender lends to your giving plans from whichever seat you occupy - philanthropist, advisor, board member, Jewish communal professional, investor, activist, or simply a human being who seeks to create a more generous and just world.  To receive a copy and learn more about gender and philanthropy, visit www.slingshotfund.org.
Kris Putnam-Walkerly's next book,  Delusional Altruism  will be published by Wiley in February 2020. In it, she will share the many ways we are all "delusional" in our altruism, and how we get in our own way without even realizing it. T he book also provides tons of tips and suggestions of what you can do differently to transform your giving.  
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