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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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Making A Graceful Exit: Recommendations For Foundations Seeking To Exit A Program Area Or Close Down Responsibly

August 20, 2014

Program exits, or shifts away from specific fields of funding, are common -- in fact they are inevitable. Times change, new leaders bring in different ideas, and humans are forever attracted to the next big thing. So the question is not whether foundations should periodically adjust their strategies, launch new initiatives, and exit existing program areas, but how to do it responsibly.Whether exiting a funding area or completely closing down, most foundations are sensitive to the potential disruption that strategy change holds for grantees but unsure how to ease the transition and avoid sowing panic. Here we offer some practical suggestions for how foundations can prepare their grantees to weather major change.

Convergence: How Five Trends Will Reshape the Social Sector

November 1, 2009

This report highlights five key trends and how their coming together will shape the social sector of the future. Based on extensive review of existing research and in-depth interviews with thought leaders and nonprofit leaders and activists, it explores the trends (Demographic Shifts; Technological Advances; Networks Enabling Work to be Organized in New Ways; Rising Interest in Civic Engagement and Volunteerism; and Blurring of Sector Boundaries) and looks at the ways nonprofits can successfully navigate the changes. The monograph is by La Piana Consulting, a national firm dedicated to strengthening nonprofits and foundations.

In Search of Strategic Solutions: A Funders Briefing on Nonprofit Strategic Restructuring

January 1, 2003

Analyzes the options and benefits of nonprofit strategic restructuring. Examines the pressures that lead nonprofits to consider strategic restructuring, and the conditions that lead to, or prevent, successful results. Includes recommendations.

Real Collaboration: A Guide for Grantmakers

January 1, 2001

Looks at the role of the grantmaker in the promotion and support of inter-organizational collaboration. Makes recommendations on how foundation program officers can promote a more effective use of collaboration among grantees.

Beyond Collaboration: Strategic Restructuring for Nonprofit Organizations

November 1, 1998

Looks at the mergers and partnerships that allow organizations to share resources and expertise within the nonprofit sector. Includes strategies for encouraging nonprofits to undertake activities such as mergers, consolidations, and joint ventures.

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