Summer 2021
NNCG Names Cole Wilbur as Member Emeritus

Cole Wilbur, an NNCG founding member, had been named as "Member Emeritus" for his invaluable contributions to our organization since its inception. Cole Wilbur served several terms on the NNCG Steering Committee between 2008 and 2019, and he is well-known across the philanthropic sector for his amazing leadership, good humor, and commitment to the vitality of our communities.  

Cole served as the president of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation for 23 years, from 1976 to 1999. He then served on the Board of Trustees for 15 years, guiding the Foundation through unprecedented growth. During his time there, he helped to build the China Sustainability Energy Program, an incredibly important investment in addressing climate change. Prior to his role there, he acted as executive director and chief executive officer of the Sierra Club Foundation.

Now, we are proud to offer him emeritus status for his leadership within philanthropy and NNCG's work. 
Way-Ting Chen
Chair, NNCG Steering Committee
Summer Programming
Wake Up Your Meetings:
An Introduction to Liberating Structures
Complimentary and Open to All!
Have you experienced nightmare meetings? The one where you’re guiding a group and only the one brave soul participates? Or the brain ”storm” that barely creates a puddle? What about the leisurely stroll through an agenda without a clear actionable decision in sight?

Well, don’t go to sleep scared. Come experience a new set of tools to make your facilitated meetings more fun and more effective (dare we say “dreamy”?).

This workshop will orient you to Liberating Structures, a repertoire of 33 different facilitation methods developed using natural learning methods and complexity theory. These techniques quickly foster lively participation in groups of any size, making it possible to truly include and unleash everyone.

By employing Liberating Structures methods virtually or in-person, gatherings become seriously playful and deeply engaging, leading to meaningful results. You’ll walk away with a new perspective on meetings and a few simple tools to wake up your own meetings.

This workshop is free and open to all, however your support helps us continue to offer great programming for the field and build effective, ethical, equitable philanthropy. If you would like to donate, please do so here.

This session is co-sponsored by 21/64. Please share with your networks.
The Time is Now
NNCG Signs Disability Inclusion Pledge
A project of our partners at the President’s Council on Disability Inclusion in Philanthropy, NNCG recently signed on to the Disability Inclusion Pledge, and our Disability Inclusion Work Group will help our network lean into the pledge this year.

The last few years have challenged philanthropy and the communities we serve in unprecedented ways, and now more than ever your leadership in the fight for equity, inclusion and social justice matters. The pandemic, recession, and social unrest have shined a light on what we have all known for far too long: People with disabilities have been disproportionately impacted by each crisis, each budget cut, and each roll back of civil rights. Simply put, social justice requires disability inclusion.

We see our Disability Inclusion in Philanthropy efforts as part of our larger DEI Initiative, which is catalyzed by our DEI Task Force, the newly formed Disability Inclusion Work Group, and the leadership of our members

The Request
As part of our support of the Disability Inclusion Pledge, we are asking our members to stand with us and reach out to your foundation clients and ask them to commit to this pledge to embark on a journey to disability inclusion by signing on.
1) Send this link/information to at least 2-3 clients. You can use the Why? language above to personalize your message. Sign on to the Disability Inclusion Pledge!
2) Let us know that you sent it so we can track what was sent out by NNCG members to their philanthropy clients. You can help us track it by using this link or emailing
Sofiya Cheyenne
Associate Consultant,
PENN Creative Strategy
Co-Facilitator of the
NNCG Disability Inclusion Work Group
Nakia J. Green
Nakia J Consulting
Co-Facilitator of the
NNCG Disability Inclusion Work Group
New Member Spotlight: Karen Murrell
Karen Murrell is founder and president of Higher Heights Consulting & Training Inc. She collaborates with a range of philanthropic organizations including corporate foundations, private foundations, and grantmakers organizations to achieve financial security for individual and families. Currently, she's working with a national funder to devise a strategy to address the racial wealth gap and improve financial stability of Black households by examining the drivers of the wealth gap, conducting a landscape analysis of philanthropic interventions to address racial equity in financial systems, and recommending specific investment opportunities that align with the funder’s goals and objectives. 

We're so proud that Karen is part of our network!
Welcome New & Renewing Members
NNCG Webinar Library
NNCG Members have access to an extensive webinar library!

Did you know that all of our webinars are recorded and posted to our members-only section? These timely programs include Respect the Hustle: Why do People of Color in Philanthropy Wear so Many Hats? featuring Chris Cardona, Senior Program Officer, Philanthropy at the Ford Foundation and Adela Ruiz, Program and Grants Manager and NBA Foundation and Strengthening and Unifying Communities Through Effective Grantmaking featuring Marcus Walton, President of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and Doug Stewart, Executive Director of the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation. We know our live programming won't always work with your schedule, so these recordings are available at any time. Join today for complete access!
Members in Action
Tony Macklin, CAP®, authored a chapter on advocacy and public policy for the new book A Gift of Belief: Philanthropy and the Forging of Pittsburgh. It features a set of private foundations founded by siblings who stopped speaking with each other, two public foundations, and a healthcare conversion foundation.
In her recent article, Foundation’s DEI Progress Reflects Its Place-Based Grantmaking, Chaletta Huertas writes about the gradual transformation of the Parker Foundation board to reflect the city of Lowell, MA and the resulting impact. She credits resolute leadership with welcoming community leaders into decision making, narrowing its focus, and building strong connections.
Mark Neithercut of Neithercut Philanthropy Advisors, and former NNCG Steering Committee member, recently published an article in the Family Foundation Advisor entitled “Advising the Family Foundation: Six Case Studies.”
Tuti Scott shares these resources: "Moving Money for Impact: A Guide to Gender Lens Investing is a guide for philanthropists and investors of all genders who seek to make money moves that matter through gender lens investing.
"Money, Power, and Gender: A Guide to Funding with a Gender Lens" is a resource to spark critical conversations and transformative change at the intersection of philanthropy, gender equity, and Jewish values. “Money, Power, and Gender” will equip funders with the tools they need to integrate a gender-based analysis into all of their philanthropic priorities.
Brittany Kienker, Pd.D. shared that CMF and the Johnson Center released a new study on the payout rates of donor advised funds administered by community foundations. Click here to download the full report, and register today for a free, national webinar on July 22nd that will explore the study’s key findings.