JUNE 2017

I wanted to take a moment to personally invite you!
We've had over 40 new NNCG members join since July 2016, and we just had a wonderful new member orientation. Welcome new members! If you are already an NNCG member or partner, thank you! If you are a long-time consultant to philanthropy, and you haven't yet joined, please do! We'd love to have you. Why?

NNCG commissioned original research by the Foundation Center on the Use of Consultants by U.S. Foundations that was published in the Foundation Review in 2015. This survey showed that 28 percent of small foundations, 55 percent of mid-sized foundations, and 80 percent of large foundations had used a consultant in the last two years. The takeaway is that consultant usage is ubiquitous. Yet, it's not always easy for a foundation to find the needed quality, diversity, and choice in grantmaker consulting to improve and accelerate their work. NNCG works to ensure easy access to high-quality, ethical, vetted consultants and that's important to all of us who care about philanthropy and community improvement. An expanded membership easily searchable through our Directory of Philanthropy Consultants helps to improve the field of philanthropy.

NNCG is a learning community of practitioners - consultants, foundations, and regional associations/philanthropy-serving organizations - coming together to improve consulting and philanthropy. Join today!

NNCG Meeting in San Francisco
Join us at the NNCG San Francisco Meeting on July 18th from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. PDT at the Hotel Nikko.  This meeting is open to members, prospective members, and to your foundation clients, too.  Thank you to the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers for the wonderful room. We already have 20 people registered, but the room holds 70, so it's not too late. We promise a mix of socializing and learning. Click here to sign up today!   We're looking forward to seeing you in San Francisco! 

Call or email with any questions about joining. We're here to help!

News From the Field

National Center for Family Philanthropy Blog - Letter to the Field: No Time for Business as Usual , by Sharon Alpert, President and CEO of the Nathan Cummings Foundation

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy Blog - In Today's Complex and Uncertain Times, Philanthropy Associations and Networks are More Vital Than Ever , by David Biemesderfer, President and CEO of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers

Equitable Evaluation: Philanthropy's Next Step to Equity , by the Luminare Group, the Center for Evaluation Innovation, and the Johnson Center for Philanthropy.

Attend the Change Philanthropy Unity Summit , September 18-22, 2017, New Orleans, LA

Fluxx Webinar - The Collective Action Approach in Philanthropy: Lessons Learned from Michigan , June 27, 2017, with Debbie McKeon, Council of Michigan Foundations, Kyle Caldwell, the Johnson Center for Philanthropy, and Pam Parriott, K-Connect

Change Up Your Questions
Family Foundations:  Not getting the information you want? Change up your questions to up your philanthropic game
Marshall H. Ginn, CFRE
Capital Development Strategies LLC

A family was assessing nonprofits they wished to support financially.  With a goal of making smart philanthropic giving decisions, eight family members gathered to sift through packets of information on each applicant. 
One younger family member asked, "Are any of these groups innovative?  If we invest in a nonprofit, I want to see it working through issues in new ways."  Another followed, "Yes, innovation is important to me too, but they must be a team player.  How do we know if they're open to collaborating with other groups, not just being innovative in a silo?"  And finally, the patriarch of the family responded, "I agree.  We want to work with groups who are taking the lead with their issue.  We want them thinking beyond program implementation.  They should be equally focused on the broader impact of their work."  

CLICK HERE to read the entire post.
NNCG Webinar Series

Collaboration can be an effective tool to strengthen the impact of your organization. These partnerships can take many forms - from casual cooperation to more integrated relationships. Using La Piana's  Collaborative Map , this session will explore the various options; presenting examples to help participants understand the benefits and challenges of each, and to simulate discussion within your organizations about pursuing collaborative relationships as a strategic tool.
NNCG Members:  FREE
Non-Members: $55.00
2-webinar package*:  $100.00
3-webinar package*:  $135.00

*Purchase of a 2 or 3 webinar package allows the buyer to attend this plus additional NNCG webinar(s) for up to 1 year from purchase date.  Please email  lori.jane@nncg.org with your additional selections.
Welcome New and Renewing Network Members!

NNCG Members in Action
NNCG highlights members' thought leadership - articles, presentations, innovations and other activities that advance philanthropic practice. Follow the links for more information.

Learning for Action has released the final phases of the Better Results Toolkit, including tools and resources for developing a measurement plan, developing data collection instruments,  and using data for continuous improvement. LFA has simultaneously released an essay on the key ingredients of successful environmental education (EE) programs that consistently achieve meaningful outcomes for kids. Together, the Toolkit and essay are intended to strengthen the effectiveness of EE programs across the U.S. and beyond.
To reassess their reality and reinvigorate their approach to serving children, youth, and families,  Advocacy & Communication Solutions, LLC (ACS) created the  Master Plan for Children, Youth, and Families  in partnership with the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation and the SocialJustice Institute at Philander Smith College for the city of Little Rock. Read ACS' recent case study here to learn about how ACS used facilitation expertise, strategy development, research, and community engagement to build capacity and create new city processes and a strategic roadmap for children, youth, and families.
Leah Ersoylu of Ersoylu Consulting will present  Social Impact Training: Data Drive "Do-Gooding", June 15 th in Santa Ana, CA

Confident Giving: Sage Advice for Funders,  a new book on effective philanthropy written by  Kris Putnam-Walkerly , President of  Putnam Consulting Group, Inc ., was named a finalist in the prestigious 2017 International Book Awards.  Read the full press release here.
About NNCG
The National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers is dedicated to elevating, expanding and improving philanthropy. It's the only organization that brings together high-quality consultants to support the work of grantmakers while advancing quality and ethical standards in the practice of philanthropy consulting. NNCG's distinguished and diverse membership represents experienced and carefully vetted practitioners and thought leaders in the philanthropic field.
Learn more at NNCG.org.

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