NNCG Knowledge Center

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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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Leveraging Effective Consulting to Advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Philanthropy

September 1, 2019

In 2018, the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers launched an initiative to sharpen the impact of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work in grantmaking by increasing the capacity of consultants and grantmakers engaged in these efforts. Network researchers used a systematic protocol to interview consultant members about their most effective partnerships with grantmakers. Case studies drawn from those interviews yielded valuable lessons for advancing DEI in philanthropy.In sharing some of these lessons, this article advises consultants to be prepared to help grantmakers define or refine the meaning of DEI and understand where equity fits into their values and mission. It also explores how a good DEI consulting process helps to distinguish technical and complex dimensions of a DEI commitment, and how the scope of work should encompass both development of internal leadership skills and investment in grantee, community, and issue leaders.This article concludes with tips on how smart DEI consultant/grantmaker partnerships can understand and honor emergent strategy and help the funder follow opportunities without overwhelming the size and scale of the funder's capacity.

Intentional Innovation: How Getting More Systematic About Innovation Could Improve Philanthropy and Increase Social Impact

August 1, 2008

Based on a review of case studies and current innovation theory and practice, proposes a framework integrating best practices, processes, and tools for making innovation a more consistent and integral element of philanthropy. Lists models and resources.

e-Philanthropy v2.001: From Entrepreneurial Adventure to an Online Community

April 1, 2001

Looks at interactive online services for philanthropy and volunteerism. Identifies, describes and anticipates the changing and maturing structure of Internet-facilitated information and services that support the various dimensions of the social sector.

e-Philanthropy, Volunteerism, and Social Changemaking: A New Landscape of Resources, Issues, and Opportunities

February 1, 2000

Describes and links to web sites that facilitate philanthropy, volunteerism, social change, and the development of nonprofit organizations. Explores their significance for the future growth and transformation of public commitment toward philanthropy.

Unleashing New Resources and Entrepreneurship for the Common Good: A Scan, Synthesis, and Scenario for Action

January 1, 1999

Presents an overview of changes and corresponding opportunities related to how philanthropy and social change organizations and leaders are integrating market concepts into their work, value sets, and organizational structures.

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