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Maintain an Impactful Experience with DEI Issues

August 16, 2019 – David is the founder and president of Marga Inc., a consulting firm founded in 2000. He was hired by a national foundation in 2002 to scan the work of various foundations related to their racial equity policies and practices. From this work, he created a funders’ group, which is a learning… View Article
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Create an Authentic Relationship Around Race, Power and Privilege

July 31, 2019 – This is a guest post by NNCG Member Marcus Littles.  Marcus is a founder and senior partner for Frontline Solutions, a firm that helps organizations working on the front lines of change to define goals, execute plans, and evaluate impact. The work they do explicitly applies an equity lens in helping their… View Article
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Is Perfectionism Getting in the Way of Your Impact?

July 16, 2019 – This is a guest post by NNCG Member Gita Gulati-Partee.  Gita is the founder and chief strategist of OpenSource Leadership Strategies, a consulting firm she started 15 years ago. She talks about the problem of perfection being at the heart of white dominant culture. Perfectionism tends to make people think there… View Article
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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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