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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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Dimensions of Change - A Model for Community Change Efforts

November 8, 2012

Key PointsThe Dimension of Change Model (DOCM), developed by the authors, is offered as a potentially useful tool for foundations, government, bodies,consultants, coalitions, and even individual organizations that are initiating or engaged in substantive efforts to bring about community change.The dimensions contained in the model - structure, parameters, intention, approach, and people - offer a frame for addressing key aspects that emerge from the literature as fundamental to all change efforts. The model is offered as a way to design, implement, adapt, and evaluate change initiatives.The work of First 5 Marin Children and Families Commission in Marin County is used as an example to stimulate reflection and discussion about such initiatives. Lessons learned through First 5 Marin's experience as a change agent are offered and augmented by the literature on change initiatives.

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.

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