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Funders: are your donations creating sustainable impact?

This is a guest post by NNCG Member Firm Mission Throttle.  It is reposted here with permission. Giving USA’s most recent report reflected a 2.7% year-over-year increase in US charitable giving. This growth was met with applause by mission-driven organizations that require donations to survive. However, the cost to address chronic social problems in the U.S.,… View Article
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Blending Evaluative and Organizational Development

This is a guest post by NNCG member Saphira M. Baker, Principal of Communitas Consulting, and Anita McGinty.  It was originally published on Stanford Social Innovation Review, and it is re-posted here with her permission. In the social sector, most people tend to see program evaluations as high-stakes endeavors designed to confirm the value of specific programmatic… View Article
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Renovate Your Philanthropy

This is a guest post by NNCG member Marshall Ginn.  It was originally posted on his blog on August 15, 2017, and is shared here with his permission. Help a Nonprofit Spruce Up Its Work! Many funders are exploring ways they can have a greater impact on their nonprofit partners.  Donors who think beyond the… View Article
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“Wicked Good” Systems Solutions to “Wicked Problems”

This is a guest post by NNCG member Leah Ersoylu, PhD, President of Ersoylu Consulting, a philanthropic advising firm based in Southern California, focused on the nexus of systems & policy change and evaluation. She and her team are committed to data-driven do-gooding. Wicked Problems As philanthropic consultants specializing in systems and policy change, my… View Article
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Change Up Your Questions

This is a guest post by NNCG Member Marshall Ginn, Founder of Capital Development Strategies, LLC Family Foundations:  Not getting the information you want? Change up your questions to up your philanthropic game A family was assessing nonprofits they wished to support financially.  With a goal of making smart philanthropic giving decisions, eight family members gathered… View Article
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Remembering NNCG Charter Member Paul Connolly

We are deeply saddened to mark the passing of our NNCG charter member, Paul Connolly. Paul was the Director of Philanthropic Advisory Services at Bessemer Trust. Prior to joining Bessemer Trust, he spent over 16 years with NNCG member firm TCC Group. Paul was a prolific author for the benefit of the field. He cared… View Article
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The High-Impact Giving Strategy for 2017? Love

This is a guest post by NNCG member Yvonne Moore of Moore Philanthropy.  It was originally published on the Africa Grantmakers Affinity Group blog, and it is reposted here with their permission. Flipping through my photo archive from the past year, I came across a snapshot of the bridge of locks in Paris. Not the more famous… View Article
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Advancing Racial Equity

So many of us are still reeling from the November 9th election results. Some of us reacted with deep feelings of fear, sadness, demoralization, and hopelessness. And now, a week later, there are many questions about which way forward. Two things are clear from the election. The first is that foundations and grantmaking vehicles are not… View Article
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The Sobering Consequences of Poor Communication Between Donors and Nonprofits

This is a guest post by NNCG member Dawn Franks.  It was originally published on her blog, and it is reposted here with her permission. Three organizations gathered around two tables. There were at least ten of us.  I was there to help everyone discuss an issue of grave concern to a major donor. The… View Article
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5 Ways to Mind the Philanthropy Shop Mindfully

CJ Callen is a philanthropy consultant, wine blogger and Liaison for Wisdomprenuers. You can find her complete NNCG member profile here.  The subtitle of this might be for a foundation reader, or “how I stopped trying to save the world and started knowing myself.” Mindfulness is simply knowing what you are doing while you are doing… View Article
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