NNCG Announces New Project Director

140728_Johnson_center-0216CLEVELAND, OH  – The National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers (NNCG) is proud to announce and welcome Terry Margaret Horton as Project Director. An attorney by trade, Horton has spent her career as a consultant, executive coach, facilitator and trainer to the philanthropic and nonprofit communities. Horton will be responsible for continuing to advance NNCG’s mission to increase the quality, effectiveness and capacity of grantmakers by mobilizing and strengthening the work of knowledgeable, ethical and experienced consultants.

Spanning the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors both domestically and internationally, Horton worked for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) where she served as a resident director in Eurasia. From there Horton spent the next decade as a consultant to philanthropic and nonprofit organizations, most recently as Senior Program Advisor at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids Michigan. Throughout her career, Horton has seen significant successes advancing the practice of philanthropy through capacity building and has leveraged her understanding of consultancy within the sector by achieving the following:

  • Consulted with 50+ nonprofits annually regarding sustainability, strategic planning, board retreat facilitation, and executive transitions management
  • Served as Senior Consultant for The Foraker Group, a nationally recognized nonprofit capacity building organization with an annual revenue exceeding $4,000,000
  • Facilitated the merger of the two largest AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs) in Michigan, now known as Unified-HIV Health and Beyond

“Terry understands the philanthropic and nonprofit field intimately,” said Cole Wilbur, one of NNCG’s Founding Steering Committee members and former President and CEO of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, “and her role as a consultant within these fields only strengthens her ability to lead NNCG into the future.”

With more than 215 applicants competing for the Project Director position, Horton is humbled by the opportunity. “I care deeply about building the capacity of philanthropy and nonprofits to help create innovative solutions for complex challenges that remain intractable despite historical philanthropic and community effort,” said Horton “I am a true believer in the power of a good consultant to help create transformational change. I believe that NNCG can be an integral part of creating the type of impact within the philanthropic landscape that leads to an enhanced quality of life within our communities.”

“With Ms. Horton on board, NNCG will be well positioned to bring enhanced value, credibility, and capacity to our national programs and partnerships,” said Kris Putnam-Walkerly, MSW, Chair, NNCG Steering Committee and President, Putnam Consulting Group, Inc.