FAQs

Eligibility

What areas of professional expertise qualify for NNCG membership?

Areas of expertise include but are not limited to board of directors, communication, compensation, diversity, evaluation, executive coaching, facilitation, family dynamics, foundation management, governance, grant initiative management, information technology, international due diligence, leadership transition and succession planning, new foundation development, next generation issues, partnerships and collaborations, program development, public policy, research, strategic planning, and technology.

What types of grantmaker clients qualify a consultant for membership in NNCG?

  • Private and family foundations, grantmakers with public charity status (including community foundations, public charity foundations, and focus funders that target grantmaking to specific ethnic, gender, LGBT, and other constituencies), public sector grantmakers, corporate giving programs, faith-based grantmakers, operating foundations.
  • Grantmaker associations, affinity groups and funder networks, donor-advised funds, funder collaboratives, giving circles, and venture philanthropy and social enterprise.
  • Major individual or family philanthropists

What program areas qualify?

Any legitimate program expertise qualifies (such as those listed in the National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities).

What types of consulting practices are eligible for membership? Can a nonprofit organization join as a Full or Associate Member?

  • Individual practitioners, firms, and institutions.
  • Nonprofit organizations are eligible, if philanthropy-related consulting services are provided under contractual arrangements, not by grant support. Nonprofit organizations may also join as Affiliate Members.

When a consulting firm joins NNCG, who can participate in NNCG activities?

Up to five Member Representatives (employees, partners or associates) may be named to enjoy NNCG member benefits as part of the regular $1,250 membership fee for firms. Each will be listed as a Full or Associate Member Representative, depending upon individual consulting experience level. Vetting is required for Full Member Representatives.

Are legal, financial and other advisors part of NNCG’s network?

Recognizing the existence of complementary professionals and their associations, NNCG does not address the specialized, technical needs of the accounting, legal, financial, investment or trust advisory fields. However, advisory institutions that also perform a significant level of philanthropy consulting services in NNCG areas of expertise as well as individual members of such institutions are eligible to join NNCG. References for Full Membership must pertain specifically to philanthropy consulting services provided.

Full Membership and Vetting

Why does NNCG check references for Full Members?

The rigorous membership criteria and the vetting process permit NNCG to be a trustworthy resource to grantmakers, build legitimacy in the field, and set a standard of quality that grantmakers can rely on.

Is vetting required for Associate and Affiliate Members?

Vetting is not required for Associate or Affiliate Members. An Associate Member may apply to change his or her status to Full Member at any time by providing five grantmaker clients who will serve as references.

Can foundation staff experience be substituted for consulting experience to be eligible as a Full Member?

Substantial experience as a consultant is required to be a Full Member. Full Membership signals that a member possesses a depth of experience providing consulting services to meet the needs of many different clients. Both skill as a consultant as well as knowledge of philanthropy are recognized by Full Member status.

How does vetting work for a firm that joins as a Full Member?

A firm that joins as a Full Member must provide five references. In addition, the firm’s Member Representatives to NNCG who wish to be considered Full Members must provide the names of two grantmakers for whom they have provided consulting services.

Can the references for the firm and Full Members within the firm overlap?

Yes. NNCG will endeavor to consolidate reference requests to avoid inconvenience to grantmaker clients.

What is a reference?

A reference is a grantmaker for whom the applicant has provided paid consulting services who will be contacted by NNCG as part of the vetting process. There is no time restriction for when the consulting service was provided.

Is there any minimum number of years experience required to be a Full Member?

No.

Are references made public or included in the Directory?

No. The entire vetting process is handled confidentially and discreetly by NNCG. Neither clients’ names nor the references provided are shared in any way.

General

If I join as an individual, can my colleagues participate in NNCG activities?

Colleagues are welcome to participate in selected events, subject to non-member fees and requirements. However, most direct benefits and opportunities are open to members only.