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Welcome to NNCG's Knowledge Center -- a searchable, online database of resources for and about grantmaking, produced by highly qualified and experienced philanthropy consultants. NNCG's Knowledge Center contains a wealth of reports, case studies, infographics, issue briefs, videos and more that offer ideas, research and helpful information about almost every aspect of philanthropy. Each item was authored or published by an NNCG member. NNCG constructed the Knowledge Center in partnership with Candid -- one of the most respected and trusted sources of information in the philanthropic field.
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Frameworks for Private Foundations: A New Model for Impact

June 27, 2017

Philanthropy is evolving more quickly than ever with new societal challenges, new players, and new strategies. Funders are seeking to increase their effectiveness, and want clear, practical guidance for getting there. This GrantCraft leadership series paper produced in partnership with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA), explores the core frameworks that shape private foundations, and offers a roadmap for funders interested in reflecting on these frameworks to better align purpose, public benefit, and action.

Impact of Hurricane Sandy on Staten Island Nonprofits: A Town Hall Event

October 1, 2013

Six months after Hurricane Sandy, Staten Island's nonprofits were at an inflection point. The full scope and scale of the storm's impact, and the challenges of long-term recovery, were just coming into focus. The Staten Island Foundation and the Staten Island Not-for-Profit Association seized the moment to convene a generative conversation about the work ahead. They invited leaders from the nonprofit, philanthropic and public sectors to attend a Town Hall event "to build greater understanding about the impact of Hurricane Sandy on Staten Island-based nonprofits, with a focus on their infrastructure and capacity." This report describes the Town Hall's context, goals, and results.

Toward a Real Simple Taxonomy: Bridging Learners and Content to Create New Value at LearnPhilanthropy

March 12, 2012

LearnPhilanthropy is bringing together the wealth of research, resources and ideas on good practice from sources across the sector: Imagine a farmer's market providing fresh products from a variety of producers, all in one place, as well as a gathering place where practitioners of all kinds can come together to exchange "recipes" and learning perspectives. A general purpose taxonomy is needed to help make these resources more widely accessible. Yet we've found that a general-purpose taxonomy on grantmaker learning just plain doesn't exist. Our research to date -- conducted in partnership with our Planning Committee, Content Partners, workgroup members and others in the field -- has turned up taxonomies mostly for specific audiences or grantmaker types.For this reason, LearnPhilanthropy developed a general-purpose taxonomy, with an iterative and highly collaborative approach -- more user-generated folksonomy than the traditionally hierarchical taxonomy -- and broad review at each iteration stage. We see this Real Simple Taxonomy as a living document, and encourage ongoing co-creation and co-ownership within the LearnPhilanthropy community.

What Do We Mean By Scale?

February 15, 2011

This briefing paper examines what has been learned about grantmaker practices that support grantees addressing social issues. Scaling is discussed in particular, which may be defined as the expansion, replication and adaptation of programs to new areas or populations, or the deepening of programs within an already-served area. Topic one of the "Scaling What Works" learning initiative of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. 

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