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Transitions and New Beginnings 


Dear NNCG community,

It’s hard to believe that we are already in March, and spring is just around the corner (or here, if you are located in Southern California, like I am). 

As we dive further into 2022, I wanted to take a moment to shine a spotlight of appreciation as we experience some transitions at NNCG.

First, a big welcome to Maritza Guzman and Seth Klukoff as new Steering Committee members! Speaking for this vibrant group of NNCG member-leaders, we are excited for Seth and Maritza to join the fun. At the same time, we hold immense gratitude for departing SC members Mary Phillips (immediate past Chair) and Marcia Coné. Thank you, Mary and Marcia, for your contributions and service to NNCG. We can't wait to see how we all (continue to) collaborate and make NNCG even better in our new roles!

In addition to the planned transitions above, we say a big thank you and bittersweet goodbye to Lori Jolliffe and Jane Wise. Lori and Jane have played a critical role keeping things running smoothly as the backbone of NNCG operations for the last decade—yes, they were with us since 2012! In their place, we are so fortunate to have Bridget Haag join on as our new project associate. Bridget also works with our partner organization, the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, and has already proven to be a fantastic addition to our team.

Events To Look Forward To

I am excited to share a remarkable upcoming event for our community. A Consultant's Eye View will present philanthropic trends in this coming year, and what we should all know about them. Join us and share this robust discussion with a couple of your clients. Find more below and register at the link to join us on April 13!

Please also look out for our upcoming disability inclusion trainings for philanthropy consultants. Open to members and peer philanthropy consultants, we are proud to continue our commitment to advance DEI in philanthropy. These will be held from late April through June!

Changes in Membership

Finally, a reminder: we have made some changes in how our membership levels are defined, to clarify the benefits that Full and Associate membership include. And after many years at the same level, we have revisited our membership fees, to better reflect the value of our expanded network and programming. 

Thank you, as always, for being such dedicated, generous, and accomplished members! We value you and everything you contribute to our shared work to strengthen the field of philanthropy—and we look forward to continuing to support you and our community through great resources, programming, visibility, and peer learning opportunities. 


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Way-Ting Chen

Chair, NNCG Steering Committee

Upcoming Programming



A Consultant's Eye View

April 13, 1:00 PM Eastern

This panel includes some of the best-in-class philanthropy consultants and field leaders on philanthropic trends in 2022 and beyond. Join us for a rich conversation with Teri Behrens (Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy), Marcus Littles (Frontline Solutions), Mark Sedway (The Giving Practice), Sampriti Ganguli (Arabella Advisors), and Nicole Campbell (Build Up Advisory Group)!

Come prepared to listen, talk, ask questions, and share your expertise as well! Deep engagement is encouraged.



Disability Inclusion Consulting

April - June

Are you a Philanthropy Consultant who wants to build your skills to advance disability inclusion among your grantmaking clients? Are you a Disability Inclusion Advocate who would like to work with grantmakers in support of disability inclusion? Are you a Foundation Professional who would like to bring disability inclusion practices to your institution? Join us for a three-part training (April, May, and June - one session per month for 1.5 hours) titled Disability Inclusion Consulting: Working with Grantmakers.

More info coming soon.


March Member Spotlight


Seth Klukoff is Vice President, Thought Leadership at Equal Measure, a national strategy and evaluation firm based in Philadelphia, PA. Seth has a background in strategic communications and public affairs, policy advocacy, social marketing, and writing, and has worked extensively with organizations in the nonprofit arena — including foundations, think tanks, advocacy groups, and large research organizations — as well as in the for-profit sector.


What do you love about NNCG and why did you join? 

What I love about NNCG, and what inspired me to join, is the organization’s commitment to strengthen philanthropy at a very tangible, practical level. Like NNCG’s members, and my Steering Committee colleagues, I believe so strongly in the power of philanthropy to help create social change—and I want to see funders do even more to collaborate with communities to transform systems in fields such as education, healthcare, workforce, the arts, and the environment. I also laud NNCG’s authentic commitment to expanding opportunities for BIPOC philanthropy consultants and elevating the importance and value of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field.

Is there anything going on in philanthropy that you're most excited about right now? 

I think I am most excited about the palpable shift towards a more community-centered approach in philanthropy. I have seen funders begin to make a more concerted effort to meaningfully involve community leaders, residents, and local grantee organizations in decision making. Incorporating voices and perspectives from communities—in an authentic fashion—can level the traditional power dynamics between funders and grantees, and create opportunities to collectively determine program goals and measures of impact and success.

More about Seth:

At Equal Measure, Seth leads all aspects of the organization’s thought leadership—with an emphasis on strategic communications, business development, and branding. Seth is most proud of the work of his colleagues, who have partnered with clients such as Lumina Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the BUILD Health Challenge, the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions’ Opportunity Youth Forum, and others to share impactful learnings from their work with the field (you can view these on the Equal Measure website!). He is also very proud of the collaborative efforts of the Equal Measure team and its clients over the years to help drive change and address long-term systemic inequities—hard work that resulted in a $5 million-dollar donation from MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett in 2021.

Welcome New & Renewing Members

New Members:

Melinda Fine

Phila Engaged Giving

Yolanda Johnson

Seth Klukoff

Brigham Consulting

Beca Velazquez Publes

Nadia Brigham

Jessica Xiomara Garcia

Colton Strawser

Mary Gray

Cristina White

Erika Takada

Renewing Firms

The Philanthropic Group

Strategic Philanthropy

Advocacy & Communications

GMA Foundation

Engage R+D


Viva Social Impact

Harder & Company

Marga Inc

Renewing Members

Marcia Coné, Mary Elizabeth Rider, Lisa McGill, Lauren Wolkov, Suzanne Callahan, Rebecca Van Sickle, Kris Putnam-Walkerly, Suzanne Busta, Gabriela Fitz, Laura Duty, Sharmila Rao Thakkar, Christine Zachai, Karen Murrell, Yvonne Moore, Marcus Littles, Karen Davis, Clare Nolan, Sonia Taddy-Sandino, Belinda Lyons-Newman, Carolyn O'Brien, Linda Marshall, Holli Rivera, Laura Bowen, Christina Collosi, Iris Elent, Nicole Tanner, Christine Tringale, Jennifer James, Lila Burgos, Sophia Lee, David Maurasse,

Sharmila Lawrence, Faith Benoe, Mike Courville

Members in Action


Cause Communications has published the 4th edition of the Communications Toolkit: A Guide to Navigating Communications for Social Impact. Access this free resource and share with colleagues!


Coby C. Williams' New Reach Community Consulting is now a Certified B Corp (B Lab U.S. & CanadaB Lab). This designation is for meeting rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, as well as transparency.


Bob Reid, CEO of Edge Philanthropy, has helped to put together a recent research-based publication (involving 54 U.S. foundations) on the challenges

that are underlying

foundation-to-foundation collaboration and practices associated with rural grantmaking. Find it here, or you can email for more information.


Dr. Colton Strawser, President of Colton Strawser Consulting, recently published an article in The Foundation Review titled “Community Foundations as Community Leaders: The Role of Community Leadership in Creating Change.” The article shares his research on community foundations in California and offers suggestions for how foundations can take on leadership roles within their communities. Find the companion report as a free download on his website.

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