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When Words Are Not Enough: How the Social Sector Can Take Action Against Racism

August 10, 2020 – This is a guest post by NNCG member Suzanne Smith, CEO and Founder of Social Impact Architects.  It was originally published on her blog, and is reposted here with permission. As #BlackOutTuesday came and went, I saw post after post from companies, individuals and celebrities with words of support for the Black Lives… View Article
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Four Upstream Questions to Support Next Steps

June 18, 2020 – This guest post was co-written by NNCG member Jessica Bearman.  It was originally posted by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations on May 12, 2020, and is shared here with permission. For the last two months, grantmaking organizations have focused on triage as we’ve rushed to keep staff safe, to communicate with and support grantees, to… View Article
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Scaffolding and Support: How Senior Leaders Are Setting the Stage for Change

May 15, 2020 – This is a guest post by NNCG member Jessica Bearman.  It was originally posted by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations on May 11, 2020, and is shared here with permission. GEO’s Change Leaders in Philanthropy Fellowship (CLIPF) is a ten month community of practice for senior leaders in philanthropy who are leading significant change work… View Article
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Foundations Can Increase Payouts: Here’s How

May 5, 2020 – This is a guest post by Mark Kramer, Co-Founder and Managing Director of FSG.  It was originally posted on their website. The payout decision should never simply default to the 5% floor, nor should that be seen as an ironclad limitation. The current COVID-19 crisis has created immense and unexpected hardship among… View Article
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COVID-19 Resource Central webpage

April 15, 2020 – NNCG member Brittany Kienker, Ph.D., (Principal and Owner, Kienker Consulting LLC) serves as an expert-in-residence for her client, the Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF).  Through my work with Ask CMF, a technical assistance service for Council of Michigan Foundation members, I recognized a need for addressing practical questions about the grantmaking and… View Article
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3 Key Steps a Foundation Can Take to Address DEI

December 9, 2019 – Catherine is a philanthropy consultant with years of experience that included DEI work. In 2017, she was hired as a consultant by a major private foundation. Their work was originally focused on inclusive grantmaking and learning about disability rights and justice, but as the work evolved they recognized the integral part… View Article
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An “Intersectional” Approach to Racial Justice Needs to Look Beyond Race

November 18, 2019 – Riki is an author and the executive director of the nonprofit organization, TrueChild, whose mission is to improve life outcomes for all youth by helping funders and nonprofits challenge rigid gender norms. She provides insight for funders to pay more attention to gender norms, and why it’s so important. Rigid ideas… View Article
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Educate Yourself and Create a Clear Definition of Equity

November 4, 2019 – Kris is a trusted advisor, philanthropy expert and author with more than 20 years of experience. She is the president and founder of Putnam Consulting Group, a global consulting firm who have helped utra-high net worth donors all over the world.  She describes the current buzz around equity as a “blessing… View Article
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Using Research and Evaluation to Inform DEI Strategies

Oct 30, 2019 – Kien Lee is the Principal Associate/Vice Principal and Brandon Coffee-Borden is the Managing Associate for Community Science, a research and development organization that works with governments, foundations, and non-profit organizations on solutions to social problems through community and other systems changes. They help clarify racial equity and how it fits into… View Article
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Pushing Clients Beyond Their Comfort Zones

October 20, 2019 – Stephanie Clohesy, of Clohesy Consulting, believes that gender, race and ethnicity should become an explicit part of analysis and strategy for consultants and their clients. She is not afraid to push clients beyond their comfort zones, especially when working on human rights, social justice, and other complex issues intersecting with gender… View Article
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