The NNCG Fall Webinar Series Kicks Off
We were thrilled to host the fabulous Dr. Cecilia Conrad of the MacArthur Foundation for our first webinar of the Fall season. Cecilia shared with us the lessons learned from 100&Change and how all communities and foundations can find their own version of the "Big Bet" to solve big problems. Members can access the recorded webinar in the Member Login section of our website. We can't wait for the announcement of the winning organization in December. Join us for the rest of our Fall webinar line-up!

Change Philanthropy Unity Summit
NNCG is honored to be included in the Change Philanthropy Unity Summit. We have been asked to be a part a panel titled "Inclusive Philanthropy in Theory and Practice: How External Support Can Accelerate Transformation in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion" with Martin Acevedo of the San Antonio Area Foundation, Lupita Gonzalez, and our very own steering committee member Jara Dean-Coffey of the Luminare Group. If you're attending the summit, come say hello and participate in the conversation!

Center for Disaster Philanthropy Basic Tips and Playbook
Our colleagues at the Center for Disaster Philanthropy are the experts to turn to when you're thinking about how to support your clients or your foundation in responding to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Take a moment to review their Basic Tips for Disaster Giving and sign in to access the Disaster Philanthropy Playbook.

We Welcome You
If you're a long-time consultant to philanthropy and you haven't yet joined NNCG, or if you have colleagues you'd like to refer for membership, please do. Our goal is to focus our collective expertise on improving the field of philanthropy, especially in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. We welcome your involvement.

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NNCG Webinar Series

Learning for Action (LFA), in partnership with the Polk Bros. Foundation, will present results from a recent study on nonprofit capacity building, which included the perspectives of nonprofits, funders, and capacity building providers. The presenters will share trends, best practices, and specific recommendations for how each of the three stakeholder groups included in the study (nonprofits, funders, and capacity building providers) can improve capacity building for individual organizations and support a stronger system of capacity building in the nonprofit sector. A portion of the presentation will also highlight, from both the consultant and foundation perspective, the role that consultants play in enhancing capacity building services for their nonprofit clients.
Through this webinar, participants will have an opportunity to:
  • Learn about trends and best practices in nonprofit capacity building compiled in a recent study
  • Explore the key drivers of nonprofit capacity
  • Understand ways that consultants and funders can better support nonprofit capacity in their everyday work

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 with your additional selections.

Welcome New and Renewing Network Members!

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NNCG Member Marshall Ginn recently shared " Renovate your Philanthropy".  Read it on our blog, NNCG Now!
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 's book  Confident Giving: Sage Advice for Funders , was named a 2017 Bookvana Award winner in the category of Social Change. 

Based on earlier writing and a webinar for Nonprofit Learning Lab, Brian Sooy published the white paper, " Six Elements of a Modern Marketing," available upon request through The support article includes research results from a survey of webinar attendees on the need for a systematic approach to developing marketing campaigns. The white paper includes an overview of the six elements, with practical examples and case studies.

Gita Gulati-Partee has a new 10-minute  TEDx talk, "Leading for Equity".  Check it out!

Are You Thinking About Equity When You Think About Evaluation?  On August 1st, 30+ learning and evaluation staff from foundations and consultants from across the country came together in Detroit at The Johnson Center to explore three paradigm shifting questions which challenge the current way in which we think about and use evaluation.  Click here to learn more!  Jara Dean-Coffey was a member of the EE Team.

Moore Philanthropy co-hosted the New York City celebration for Black Philanthropy Month on August 23rd. This year's theme was Giving Voice to Fuel Change. The New York conversation explored Black Diaspora Investments at Home and Abroad, which brought together a panel of Black donors, researchers and grantmakers with a proven commitment to their communities both here in the U.S., or in their country of origin. Click here to see the live stream of the event.

In a recent  blog post ,  Learning for Action shared a rubric and tool to explore the concept of strategic coherence, a critical component of high-quality program and initiative implementation. The rubric grew out of what they have learned from many years of evaluating implementation of school-based programs, but the concept applies to all types of change efforts.

Current events have raised awareness of the power dynamics that can exclude the voices of important stakeholders. Harder+Company Community Research recently published a reflective blog post to share how they used a power analysis mapping activity to help staff explore power and privilege in evaluation. Exploring the different levels of power that may exist among stakeholders on a project can help strengthen a culturally-responsive evaluation practice.
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