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A Basic Roadmap for Advancing Racial Equity

October 9, 2019 – Independent consultants, Leticia and Pat, joined forces in 2014 to leverage their strengths and build a collaborative consulting practice. With varied backgrounds, they both stress the need to constantly check their own internal culture and practices, and they urge other consultants to do the same. How does your consultancy practice DEI… View Article
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The Gold Standard: Every Agency Should Be Inclusive of People with Disabilities

September 12, 2019 – Jennifer is a well-respected consultant to the nonprofit and philanthropy sectors, as well as a full time disability activist. She co-founded RespectAbility, a nonprofit which fights stigmas and advances opportunities for people with disabilities. She has worked with a wide variety of organizations in the philanthropic field, including major international foundations,… View Article
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Listen and Learn from Clients to Advance DEI

Setpember 4, 2019 – Robin Horner is the evaluation manager at Korwin Consulting, a woman-owned firm that conducts evaluations, planning, and evaluation capacity building in support of social justice organizations, funders, and initiatives. The firm was established with DEI values at its core. Utilizing a relational style, team members listen to and learn from their… View Article
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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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