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 From the Executive Director...  
During NNCG's most recent webinar, the team from TCC Group talked about the importance of fostering a learning culture - both for their foundation clients and within their own consulting practice. The session reminded me of the frequent message from a college president I greatly admired who loved to paraphrase Eric Hoffer's comment "In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists."

As a professional learning community, NNCG wants to be sure our members and other stakeholders are equipped to deal with the world of philanthropy as it evolves. Our webinars, online Knowledge Center, convenings across the country and additional programs being planned all have learning as a fundamental purpose and goal.

What have you learned recently that is helping you navigate the changing world of philanthropy? What would you like to learn tomorrow; over the next month; during the coming year?
NNCG Receives Two-Year Grant from Ford Foundation
We're delighted to announce NNCG's new grant from the Ford Foundation for core support of our work. Ford's Program Officer for Philanthropy, Chris Cardona, stated, "We're pleased to support NNCG's vital work in shining a light on the role of consultants in effective philanthropic practice. We and so many of our fellow funders rely on a supply of good consultants to make the work happen, and NNCG sets the standard for quality."

"We are grateful to the Ford Foundation for their confidence in the work of NNCG as a champion of quality in the field of philanthropy consulting," said Steering Committee Chair Kris Putnam-Walkerly. "Their investment will not only expand the capacity of NNCG as an organization, but will help elevate the quality and presence of high-caliber consulting for the entire field of philanthropy." 
NNCG Across the U.S.
Ninety philanthropy consultants, grantmakers and others interested in philanthropy recently attended three NNCG programs from the east to the west coast and in-between. We thank the Meyer Foundation and Community Foundation for the National Capital Region in Washington D.C., the Donors Forum (now Forefront) in Chicago, the Alliance for Nonprofit Management and the Foundation Center for hosting and partnering with us to increase awareness and stimulate discussion about the vital and growing contributions philanthropy consultants are making to effective grantmaking.

NNCG program at the Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation on October 15th
NNCG Webinars on Philanthropy Consulting 
Our series resumes December 9 at 2 p.m. ET with the webinar Effective Consulting Partnerships to Philanthropy presented by NNCG members Ellen Irie and Ria Sengupta Bhatt of Informing Change. The webinar builds on the article they wrote for NNCG's co-edited issue of The Foundation Review published this past spring.

Registration is free for NNCG members; non-members receive a multi-webinar discount.

To learn more and register, visit our events page.

NNCG's Philanthropy Consulting Webinar Series is co-sponsored by the Council on Foundations, Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, The Foundation Center, Learn Philanthropy, Exponent Philanthropy, Northern California Grantmakers, and
The Foundation Review
Be sure to check out NNCG Now! for the latest news and thoughts from NNCG and our members.

NNCG members: We'd love to re-post comments from your own blogs, so don't be shy in sharing them with us!
Welcome New & Renewing NNCG Members
New Members:
Lisa Korwin
Pat Krackov 
Linda Marshall
Yvonne Moore
Carolyn O'Brien
Celene Peurye
Beth Blanchard Schaffer
Jan Stewart 
Full Firm Membership Upgrade:
Stu Cohen 
Rebecca Coker 
Dipty Jain 
Andrea Mills 
Hilda Polanco 
 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.
Kris Putnam-Walkerly, President of Putnam Consulting Group, was recently featured on the internet radio show The Business Elevation Show with Chris Cooper - Be More. Achieve More.  Her episode, titled Developing Your Giving Strategy, can be heard here.
Ashley Blanchard Associate Director of Philanthropy at TCC Group,will be the plenary lunch speaker at the GEO Collaboration Conference in Houston on Nov. 16-17. Along with Hill-Snowdon Foundation Executive Director Nat Williams, Ashley will share her experience as a foundation trustee, discussing how Hill-Snowdon Foundation has engaged in partnership and collaboration. 

On October 28th, FMA's Hilda Polanco drew record-breaking attendance with a webinar hosted by the Nonprofit Quarterly on the topic of financial reporting for boards.  The recording and slides for the webinar, Understanding What Financial Model Your Board Needs,   can be downloaded here .

In November,  Advocacy Collaborative Founder and Principal Laurel O'Sullivan will present AdvocacyForward: Increasing Your Impact & Funding Through Advocacy at the Board Source Conference in New Orleans, LA..  Laurel will also deliver the keynote address "Demystifying Advocacy" at the 2015Southern Obesity Prevention conference in Jackson, MS. 

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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