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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"Wicked Good" Systems Solutions to "Wicked Problems"

January 1, 2018

Wicked ProblemsAs philanthropic consultants specializing in systems and policy change, my team and I are in thebusiness of impacting society's most "wicked problems." A wicked problem is a social or culturalproblem that is perceived as difficult or impossible to solve.

Strengthening Policy Advocacy: A Decade of Lessons Learned from the First 5 Los Angeles Policy Advocacy Fund: 2008-20118

January 1, 2018

This report is an evaluation of First 5 LA's 10-year grantmaking investment into policy advocacy.The document provides insights gleaned from the period beginning with the first year of theCommunity Opportunity Fund (COF) (2008) through the final year of the Policy AdvocacyFund (PAF), Cycle II (2018). During this period, the COF and PAF were the primary grantmakingmechanisms through which First 5 LA impacted systems and policy change, ultimately increasingopportunities for children prenatal to age 5 and their families. This report identifies the practices,strategic shifts and overall impact of these grantmaking initiatives. We hope that the lessonslearned will inform future grantmaking decisions for First 5 LA and other grantmakers looking tocontribute to making lasting, systemic change.

TOOLKIT: IMPROVING CLIENT OUTCOMES A How-to Guide for organizational learning to improve client outcomes

June 28, 2017

Purpose of this toolkitTo outline the critical connection between learningorganizations, learning capacity and improved client outcomes.To provide an improved understanding of the meaning oflearning organizations.To increase knowledge of how to build learning capacity withinan organization.To explore the Plan, Do, Study, Act process and best practicesassociated with this method

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