Benefits and Opportunities

Join with like-minded colleagues who are committed to quality and effectiveness in philanthropy consulting. NNCG offers programs, services and opportunities for members to connect and network with colleagues, strengthen skills, increase visibility, contribute to improvements in the field, and expand the reach and positive impact of their practices.

The Value of NNCG Membership

NNCG offers membership at various levels for philanthropy consultants, consulting firms and philanthropic institutions. Members have the flexibility of engaging with NNCG at the level that best meets their needs, interests and priorities.

For veteran consultants and firms, NNCG provides a deeper layer of connection to industry contacts, networks and knowledge, and offers an opportunity to share your wisdom and increase your visibility as a leader among the field’s most respected consultants.

For those newer to the practice of philanthropy consulting, NNCG provides unequaled access to ongoing professional development and knowledge sharing. NNCG offers discounted access to webinars, Virtual Cafes, Boot Camps, and periodic trainings that are designed to build networks and share knowledge among committed professionals.

For foundations and philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs), NNCG offers rich peer exchange and sharing with consultants as well as others in the philanthropic ecosystem that often tap consultant expertise to be more strategic about grantmaking.  They can stay abreast of emerging trends in real time and, of course, have access to our NNCG Directory of Consultants, the only directory of experienced, vetted philanthropy consultants serving all types and sizes of grantmakers.

Together, all NNCG Members learn from one another, contribute to the accumulated wisdom of the field, and lead the way in creating more impact in the field of philanthropy. NNCG Members have myriad opportunities to take the lead on new initiatives or activities that can transform the field.

In Addition...

  • NNCG Full Members enjoy increased access to membership within a number of regional and national grantmaker association and affinity groups, as well as reduced membership rates.
  • NNCG’s Directory vetting system and Code of Ethical Conduct are recognized by the field of philanthropy as the first national effort to address issues of quality and appropriateness of philanthropy consulting.  These hallmarks of transparency and professionalism have allowed NNCG and its members to form strong relationships with other highly-respected philanthropy organizations, such as The Foundation Center, The Foundation Review, and many regional associations and networks.
  • The NNCG Knowledge Center, created in partnership with the Foundation Center, enables NNCG Full Members to easily post and distribute their articles, reports, studies, white papers, etc. nationally and internationally as a resource to the philanthropy and nonprofit sector.
  • NNCG strives to provide its members with premier opportunities to showcase their knowledge, such as the groundbreaking, co-edited issue of The Foundation Review — the first ever publication on the role and value of philanthropic consulting.

In short, NNCG membership provides an unmatched platform to demonstrate your knowledge and expertise, apply it to the development of the field of philanthropy consulting, and continue to enhance and network your practice in the company of the field’s most esteemed professionals.



  • Our Virtual Cafés for Philanthropy Consultants are informal meet-ups to tap the expertise of our network, creating an open space and breakout rooms to discuss issues that philanthropy consultants and advisors face every day. 

  • Our Signature Webinar Series features topics related to philanthropy trends and best practices. 

  • Our Boot Camps and Trainings build skills and expertise to advance philanthropic practice. 


  • Opportunities to showcase your articles and reports through NNCG’s Knowledge Center and virtual events hosted throughout the year
  • Opportunities to feature your work at the conferences and convenings of NNCG partners and share the value of effective grantmaker/consultant partnerships
  • Opportunities to join with colleagues to tackle important issues and elevate the field of philanthropy consulting

Member Discounts and Privileges

NNCG Full Members – please log in to your account to see the complete list of benefits and discount codes.


NNCG and the philanthropic advisory 21/64 are offering reciprocal benefits to their respective members. If you don’t know 21/64, they have created a portfolio of trainings, workshops, and tools built on an approach that elevates the human dimension of the work we’re all doing. Full NNCG Members (individuals and firms) receive a 10% discount on all 21/64 trainings and workshops, and 10% on all tool purchases. These discounts are in addition to any existing discounts already offered to current 21/64 advisors.  In return, 21/64 Certified Advisors receive discounted rates on full individual and firm NNCG annual membership.

Alliance Magazine

NNCG Full Members receive 20% off a year’s print or electronic subscription to Alliance magazine, the leading global magazine on philanthropy and social investment. Alliance is also offering a two-week ad placement on its homepage to new subscribers who are NNCG members.

Exponent Philanthropy

Exponent Philanthropy offers the latest benchmarking data on foundations that operate with few or no staff in their Foundations Operations and Management Report. This publication is the most comprehensive study of foundations in the field, and the only one that captures benchmarking for these leanly staffed foundations.  NNCG Full Members receive a 20% discount on this valuable report.

The Foundation Review

NNCG Full Members receive a 20% discount on new and renewed journal subscriptions when they subscribe to The Foundation Review, the peer-reviewed journal of philanthropy published by the Johnson Center for Philanthropy. NNCG Full Members who are new subscribers are also eligible for a free half-page electronic or print ad in The Foundation Review.  Please log in to your member page to see the discount code.

United Philanthropy Forum

For a discounted price of $39.95, NNCG Full Members can subscribe to Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR), whose mission is to advance, educate, and inspire the field of social innovation by seeking out, cultivating, and disseminating the best in research- and practice-based knowledge.


Inside Philanthropy

 NNCG Full Members receive a 25% discount on the yearly Inside Philanthropy subscription.  Inside Philanthropy is an online publication dedicated to bringing more transparency to philanthropy.  


Joint Regional Association Membership Discounts

  • Philanthropy New York
    Eligible New York area philanthropy consultants and consulting firms who are Full Members of NNCG may qualify for discounted membership in Philanthropy New York. Contact Philanthropy New York for eligibility information.
  • Southeastern Council on Foundations
    Qualified, vetted consultants who are from the service region of the Southeastern Council on Foundations (SECF) and who are recommended by at least one foundation member of SECF may be eligible for a one-year discount toward NNCG full membership. Contact for additional details about this partnership.
  • Southern California Grantmakers
    Eligible Southern California area philanthropy consultants and consulting firms who are Full Members of NNCG may qualify for discounted membership in Southern California Grantmakers. Contact Southern California Grantmakers for eligibility information.

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