NNCG is excited to announce that it has been awarded an anonymous challenge grant to sustain its operations and support its growth! The $20,000 one-to-one challenge will provide a much-needed working capital reserve and seed exploration of new ideas. Support from members, partners, and foundations is essential at this critical time as we are seeking new funding resources to increase value to members and our service to the field.

No other professional philanthropy organization has the knowledge and experience of our collective membership. No other organization understands the unique challenges, significant accomplishments, and deep value that philanthropy consultants bring to their partnerships with foundations and other philanthropy organizations.

The challenge grant will match contributions as follows:

  • From NNCG members, over and above their current or renewal membership fees
  • From new NNCG members who join NNCG between now and March 31, 2019
  • From increased NNCG memberships when an individual or firm moves from associate to full member and a member moves from individual to firm membership
  • From new grants and sponsorships provided by our foundation members and other funders.

We have a two-part deadline for the challenge grant. We did match the first fifty percent or $10,000 by December 31, 2018. We are now in phase two, and must achieve the full match of $20,000 by June 30, 2019.


NNCG is proud of its activities during 2018 to increase the vibrancy of the Listserve, focus the webinar series on the essential topic of diversity, inclusion, and equity, and develop partnerships with other philanthropy serving organizations and professionals.

We have renewed a partnership with Philanthropy New York and established a new partnership with the Southeastern Council on Foundations. We are preparing a tool kit of resources and advice to assist our members in working on diversity, equity, and inclusion with their clients. We will contribute an article on this topic to the September 2019 issue of The Foundation Review. At the same time, we are planning an interesting slate of webinars for 2019, continuing the diversity, equity and inclusion thread, and incorporating other topics such as growing your consulting practice, supporting your client’s efforts to build effective collaborations, and helping family foundation clients navigate family dynamics in intergenerational giving.

Please consider a contribution to help NNCG meet this challenge. If you have suggestions for new member candidates, including organizational members, please let us know via email at lori.jane@nncg.org. If any of your client foundations would consider a contribution or foundation membership, we ask you to forward this announcement and advocate on behalf of NNCG. The NNCG Challenge Fund form can be downloaded here. Please share with your networks!