Dear Consultant Members, Partners, and Supporters,

Over the last six weeks, the NNCG Steering Committee led by an internal Strategic Planning Task Force, and our Project Director, Terry Horton, have been hard at work. We are excited to share with you our completed NNCG Strategic Framework.  You will see more information about the strategic framework, and the 2017-2020 strategic plan and how we invite you to engage with NNCG to implement the plan in the weeks and months to come.

Steering Committee, Jan 2016
Our strategic planning efforts commenced in January 2016, when the Steering Committee convened to discuss the future strategy of the network. In space graciously offered by the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, we re-affirmed that NNCG is a mission-driven, field-building network comprised of ethical, transformative consultants and our partners in foundations and philanthropy-serving organizations. At our April 2016 annual meeting, the Steering Committee shared the emerging strategic framework and we received comments from NNCG's members and other stakeholders to inform the creation of our final Strategic Plan.

To our consultant members, we invite you to lean into your engagement with NNCG. You are a part of an innovative field-building network and together we will continue to support excellence in the field of philanthropy. As one of our members said recently, "It's meaningful work, it's purposeful. There is continued rigor in the work. That matters. To align with a national organization that really promotes professionalism, striving towards excellence, and ethics - that has been a perfect fit."
Lee Draper
Jara Dean-Coffey
Lee Draper
Vice Chair 
Strategic Planning Committee Co-Chair
Jara Dean-Coffey
Steering Committee Member
Strategic Planning Committee Co-Chair
NNCG Webinar Series

Family foundations can be isolated institutions.  Too often, trustees have don't access and use information that would help them to do their jobs better-information about the communities they serve, the issues they are working to support, the other key stakeholders who support these same issues, and the ways to effectively govern.  

Family foundation trustees are also often challenged by issue like geographic dispersion, lack of time (and possibly engagement), and, of course, complex family dynamics. How do you get them smart about the work-and foster a shared learning experience that helps strengthen family engagement, tap the wisdom of those the foundation seeks to support, and foster more effective grantmaking on an ongoing basis?  

In this session, we will discuss strategies for creating a learning culture in family philanthropy-learning from grantees and the communities we serve, and from our peers and fellow trustees.  The result is better informed, more relevant philanthropy, and a more engaging experience for trustees.

Melinda Fine, Ed.D., Director of Philanthropy and Strategic Partnerships, TCC Group 
Ashley Blanchard, Trustee, Hill-Snowdon Foundation and Principal, Blanchard Consulting

Register Today!
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 with your additional selections.

NNCG Member Benefit:  Our Listserv

We are so excited to see our members using and enjoying our new NNCG members' only listserv.  This is a wonderful tool for our members to stay in touch, learn from each other, engage in conversation and share ideas.
Please note a few things to help make the experience even better!
  1. When you reply to any messages, your reply goes to the entire list of members.
  2. In an effort to reduce the number of personal messages being sent to entire list, we will be moderating the listserv.
  3. All current NNCG members are automatically subscribed to the listserve
  4. You can manage your subscription by logging into your NNCG profile 
Additional Listserv "Etiquette"
  • Always include a signature tag on all messages. Include your name and e-mail address.
  • State concisely and clearly the topic of your comments in the subject line. This allows members to respond more appropriately to your posting.
  • Only send a reply message to the entire list when it contains information that benefits everyone.
  • Do not send administrative messages, such as "remove me from the list", through the listserv. To unsubscribe from the list, or to turn off email delivery, update your personal profile as noted above.
Please contact with any questions or concerns .  

Remember to check our blog NNCG Now!  Recent member posts include The Sobering Consequences of Poor Communication Between Donors and Nonprofits by Dawn Franks. 
2016 National Conference for Growing Community Foundations

Join your community foundation colleagues in Wichita, Kansas for the 2016 Annual National Conference for Growing Community Foundations.  

This Conference is an outgrowth of those convened by the Kansas Association of Community Foundations over the last ten years, which has gained national recognition and attendance. It is tailored to small-staffed and volunteer-led community foundations in rural, small urban, and suburban America. It is designed to meet the needs of both new and seasoned board members and staff in practical training to enhance skills in all major areas of community foundation management. We welcome all board members and other volunteers, executive directors and other staff of community foundations from the USA and beyond.   Read More.

New Network Members
Rebecca Cappy 
Melinda Fine 
Amy Kincaid
Victor Young 
Hirsch & Associates
Susan Hirsch 
Betsy Merzernich 
Emily Cohen Raskin

Renewing Network Members
Sue Bochner
Erica Ekwurzel
Dawn Franks
Mary Heng-Braun
Dara Major
Laura Robbins
Vanessa Shadoian-Gersing
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.

Colleen Mitchell of Venture3Philanthropy will be speaking next week at the Stark Community Foundation in Canton OH as key note speaker at three community events: one for Professional Advisors, one for Donors, one for Civic and Non-profit Leadership - global wealth transfer and the impact for NextGen philanthropy.

Lindalee Lawrence of Lawrence Associates, will be speaking on "Hiring and Retaining Great Staff: When, How, What's Involved, What are the Challenges" at the 2016 Annual National Conference for Growing Community Foundations, Wichita, Kansas on October 17-18, 2016.  Visit us as an exhibitor at Exponent Philanthropy's 2016 Annual Conference September 26-27, 2016 in Chicago.  Visit with us as a Sponsor at Philanthropy Southwest's Annual Conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado, October 27-29, 2016. 

Lisa Korwin of Korwin Consulting recently released "Using a Systems Change Framework for BIGGER Impact." Through a strategic partnership with women's foundations and the Women's Funding Network, this report shows how using the five key approaches within the Systems Change Framework - effective programming, creating strong and effective linkages, improving the political environment, developing a strong infrastructure, and taking efforts to scale - can successfully position local programs as well as national initiatives to effect change on key social issues and how to apply these lessons within a foundation setting. 

Brian Sooy's Raise Your Voice: A Cause Manifesto  has been adopted by the Department of Mass Communication at Eastern Tennessee State University for a new graduate and post-graduate level course in Nonprofit and Cause Communications. The course focuses on "increasing your understanding of strategic communications in nonprofit organizations and for mission-driven causes." The curriculum is based on Raise Your Voice: A Cause Manifesto, an Amazon top-three rated nonprofit branding and strategic communications guidebook.

Scarlett Bouder, Vice President of Advocacy & Communication Solutions, LLC will present a workshop during the 2016 National Conference for America's Children on October 17-19 in Cincinnati, Ohio titled "Building A Strategy That Works for Your Community: How to Craft the Right Message". The National Conference for America's Children is sponsored by Prevent Child Abuse America, which promotes healthy development of children. 

Kris Putnam-Walkerly   of Putnam Consulting Group recently co-authored the report The Road to Achieving Equity: Findings and Lessons from a Field Scan of Foundations That Are Embracing Equity as a Primary Focus . The field scan was conducted on behalf of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and one particular finding from this report - the absence of a clear, consistent definition of equity - was discussed in a Stanford Social Innovation Review blog post.
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.
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