Leading with Equity
The NNCG Institute for Philanthropy Consultants
Leading with Equity: The NNCG Institute for Philanthropy Consultants is for consultants and advisors who are committed to helping their grantmaking clients advance equity through philanthropy.
The inaugural cohort of the Institute completed its coursework in October 2023. In December, sixteen members of our first cohort earned a digital credential of completion for over 12 hours of instruction and peer-to-peer learning between April and October in 2023. Their work included at least 80% participation in seven virtual sessions led by top-notch philanthropy consultants and practitioners who work at the intersection of philanthropy, race equity, gender equity, and disability justice.
Institute sessions are led by NNCG members and partners with a track record of helping philanthropy clients implement internal and external practices that accelerate social change and advance equitable outcomes. Faculty members for 2023 are listed below.
Orientation and Networking with the Institute’s Participants
Nadia Brigham and Beca Velazquez-Publes, Brigham Consulting
Racial equity efforts and statements are often reactionary and emotional only, often lacking strategic integrity for the work. This session will explore the importance of understanding your “why” as foundational for powerful and effective racial equity efforts. Participants will leave the session with examples of how to support grantmaking institutions in getting to their “why” and considerations for racial equity strategies.
Key Concepts: Race Equity, Organizational Transformation
But Really, Aren’t We All Just The Same? An Introduction to Facilitating Cultural Change
Athena Adkins, BetterWorld Partners
What if someone told you that there was a framework that could help explain why each of us can see the same information and come to a completely different conclusion? In this session, Athena helps you understand and apply the Intercultural Development Continuum (IDC). This framework can help you understand how you and your clients are perceiving information and determine the best tips/tools/methods for supporting your and their equity journeys.
Key Concepts: Equity, Cultural Change, Intercultural Development Continuum
Marcia Coné, Coné Consulting
What might be possible when we create space for and engage in practices that center gender equity? This session invites participants to explore their own practice and how we as consultants to grantmakers can integrate intersectional gender equity into every conversation.
Key Concepts: Gender Equity, Intersectionality
Women of Color in Fundraising and Philanthropy (WOC) Learning Lab: Philanthropy Across Generations
Yolanda Johnson and Jeannie Infante Sager, WOC Learning Lab
Our lived experiences inform our identities and therefore our philanthropic priorities and goals. As such, an important part of our philanthropic perspective is influenced by the world as it was when we were born and the environmental factors and values present in our upbringing. From unconscious bias to patriarchy and family dynamics, this course will examine the intersections of intergenerational philanthropy, how women give and how collective decisions can be successfully made, whether in the setting of a family foundation or giving circle.
Key Concepts: Intergenerational, Gender Equity, Women’s Issues, Philanthropy
Risa Rifkind, Disability Lead
The disability community often shares the motto of “nothing about us without us.” But what happens when we’re still left behind, especially those of us who live at the intersection of multi-marginalized identities, including disability? The disability justice principles implore us to create space for leadership from those who are most marginalized, to value all bodies, and to work on cross-social justice issues for collective liberation. Join us to explore how we can bring these principles to life in our everyday decision-making practices, into our strategic plans, and more.
Key Concepts: Disability Justice, Intersectionality
Equity Footprint: A Tool to Comprehensively Examine an Organization's Equity Work
Shanize Byrd and Raymundo Garcia, Frontline Solutions
Explore the Equity Footprint Framework with Frontline Solutions as a way to help your philanthropy clients comprehensively analyze their impact, or footprint, in advancing equity. The Equity Footprint derives from the carbon footprint—both begin with the understanding that harmful systems and practices have been established as the default. It is not enough to simply avoid inequitable practices in a society premised on white supremacy and patriarchy; rather, organizations in partnership must consciously dedicate themselves to centering equity in all facets of their work. Rather than simply minimizing a damaging footprint, an Equity Footprint invites the organization to enact positive, equitable change. Frontline Solutions will also share stories of how the consulting firm has used this framework in partnership with philanthropy clients.
Key Concepts: Equity, Organizational Transformation