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Introducing the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Toolkit for Consultants to Grantmakers

June 12, 2019 – While the field of philanthropy has been devoting more and more energy toward work in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), there has been less focus on ways philanthropy consultants can and do support grantmakers in their advancement of DEI. NNCG has been working diligently to fill in this gap with the… View Article
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How to Prevent Yourself from Hiring a Great Consultant

June 7, 2019 – This is a guest post by NNCG Member Kris Putnam-Walkerly.  It is shared here with permission. 5 Ways Grantmakers Shoot Themselves in the Foot There are myriad reasons why foundations hire good consulting help. Some want the insights and wisdom of content experts. Others want an objective eye and fresh thinking… View Article
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Right-sized Evaluation for Small Foundations

May 29, 2019 – This is a guest post by NNCG Member Prentice Zinn.  It is shared here with permission. Trustees and staff of small foundations know how difficult it is to evaluate the impact of their grantmaking. Data collection can be expensive and attributing grants to a particular set of outcomes is often unrealistic…. View Article
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Facilitating Dominant Personalities

April 17, 2019 – This is a guest post by NNCG member Ruth Masterson. Facilitation is such a great opportunity to nurture honest communication among different personalities; to find both common and uncommon ground. As I was talking with one client about goals for an upcoming meeting of board members from different organizations, she happened… View Article
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On Relationships: Recalling the Heart & Mind of Philanthropy

April 10, 2019 – This is a guest post by NNCG member Sharmila Rao Thakkar.  It was originally published Oct 30, 2018 by Foundant Technologies, and is reposted here with permission. When I started consulting a few years ago, I knew it could mean that taking on different projects would allow me to sometimes go deep… View Article
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From Imagine Philanthropy to Changemaker Strategies

April 8, 2019 – Every brand tells a story. We are delighted to share an interview with strategic philanthropy and impact investing consultant, leadership coach, and NNCG Member Tuti B. Scott, on the evolution of her firm’s brand as she’s expanded her services over the years. What was the initial pain point you were responding… View Article
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New Philanthropic Model in The Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors’ (RPA) Philanthropy Framework

March 19, 2019 – The field of philanthropy is going through a period of rapid change: Individuals from across the globe are embracing philanthropic giving at ever-younger ages. New ways of giving—from spend-down philanthropy to donor-advised funds are emerging. At the same time, philanthropic organizations can be faced with the same obstacles as big businesses,… View Article
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Never Underestimate the Power of a Network

This is a guest post by by NNCG member Yvonne L. Moore. Principal Philanthropic Advisor of Moore Philanthropy.  This article was reprinted from Philanthropy in Focus, the online newsletter of WINGS Worldwide Initiative for Grantmaker Support, on February  28, 2019. No successful movement has ever come about without the power of a great network. And when I use the… View Article
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On Philanthropy: What’s Changed in the Past Decade

This is a guest post by NNCG member Sharmila Rao Thakkar, and it it posted here with permission. The following is an excerpt from Foundant’s publication “On Philanthropy: What’s Changed in the Past Decade and What It Means for the Sector,” a product of its 2017 survey of its grantmaking and grantseeking clients. Read the full article and… View Article
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How to Lose/Retain Diverse Leaders in 365 Days

This is a guest post by Leniece F. Brissett, Kerrien Suarez and Andrew Plumley.  It was originally posted on Woke at Work, and is republished here with permission. Organizations have a feverish obsession with getting diverse talent in the door. In the past year,Guidestar and NonProfit Quarterly published pieces underscoring the importance of recruiting leaders of… View Article
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