MAY 2017

Thank you to Kris Putnam-Walkerly and Lee Draper
Kris Putnam-Walkerly
As Mary takes on the role of NNCG Chair, we'd like to again express our gratitude to Kris Putnam-Walkerly and Lee Draper who have just transitioned out of their roles as Chair and Vice-Chair, but will remain on the steering committee. Thank
you both for your tireless hard work, and your leadership!
Kris Putnam-Walkerly said of this transition, "Our capacity is
Lee Draper
deepening and expanding.... It is momentous, and that feels great...That momentum will continue." Lee Draper said, "We've got bedrock leadership to build on in the coming year."
NNCG Welcomes Melinda Fine to the Steering Committee
Melinda Fine
We are pleased to welcome
Melinda Fine of TCC Group to the NNCG Steering Committee. Melinda Fine, Ed.D., is TCC Group's Director of Philanthropy and Strategic Partnerships with years of experience in philanthropy and nonprofit leadership as a grantmaker and strategy consultant to her work with mission-driven institutions. Prior to joining TCC, Melinda served as the Vice President of NEO Philanthropy. She holds a doctorate and master's in education from Harvard University, and a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College. Melinda will chair our task force designed to address the issue of how we might support our consultant members and foundation partners as they navigate their response to changes at the federal level.

Thank you to Dara Major as she steps down from the Steering Committee
Dara Major
Thank you to the years of dedication to NNCG from Dara Major . Dara is an independent strategy and management consultant. Dara wrote, "It has truly been a pleasure to help champion NNCG's mission and people over the last five years. From joining as a member in 2012 to task force and then steering committee service, this has been both a fun and meaningful journey. Today, NNCG is moving in to its next, wonderful chapter and I know great things are ahead thanks to ...the [Steering Committee's] collective leadership.  I will continue to champion NNCG as a member and fan, and wish you all the best in the work ahead!"
Mary Phillips
NNCG Chair
GMA Foundations President
Terry Horton
NNCG Project Director

Resources From the Field

Download the Center for Effective Philanthropy research on how foundations are reacting in response to a new federal administration: Shifting Winds: Foundations Respond to a New Political Context



Council on Foundation's Statement Regarding White House Tax Cut Statement

Remembering Paul Connolly
We are deeply saddened to mark the passing of our NNCG charter member, Paul Connolly. Paul was the Director of Philanthropic Advisory Services at Bessemer Trust. Prior to joining Bessemer Trust, he spent over 16 years with NNCG member firm TCC Group. Read more about Paul and his contribution to the field.
NNCG Webinar Series

Do you have years of experience in philanthropy? Are you struggling as to how to make your one-person consulting practice a going concern? In this webinar, Colleen Mitchell, a long-time foundation CEO turned consultant, will share:
  • How to break down your business into its key cost components and activities to ensure you are achieving the profit margin you desire.
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Next up:
Strategic Partnerships: Collaboration Models as a Tool for Strengthening Impact
June 15, 2017 - 1:00-2:00 PM Eastern

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 is excited to announce the release of a new capacity building study, conducted as part of a funder-led initiative to better coordinate capacity building funding efforts in the greater Chicago area. The study draws on national lessons and models to inform an analysis of what is and is not working in relation to nonprofit capacity building in Chicago's social sector. The study includes takeaways for individual nonprofits, funders, and capacity building providers.

On June 13th, Kris Putnam-Walkerly will present p art two of a three-part webinar series on how family foundations are embracing equity for the  National Center for Family Philanthropy.
About NNCG
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