Job Opening – Project Director at National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers

I serve as the Chair of the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers (NNCG) and we are currently seeking a new Project Director. In this part-time position, the project director will work with a dedicated group of volunteer members and a virtual office staff to: Expand the visibility and use of our Directory of Consultants as a vital resource to grantmakers Achieve organizational growth by increasing membership, creating business partnerships and successful grant funding Assist the professional consultant members in developing thought leadership via programs and networking Work with a part-time administrative team (contracted firm) to manage routine financial processing and routine communications For more information and to apply, please view the complete job description. Share

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6 Ways to Find Funding Partners

One of the best ways to increase the impact of your grantmaking is to leverage the funding and expertise of other foundations by developing funding partnerships. The trouble, of course, is that it’s not always easy to figure out who else might want to partner with you on your project. In my experience, there are six easy ways to identify possible funders to support you and your work. We’ll take a quick look at each: 1. Ask staff of your local Regional Association of Grantmakers. These individuals are working day in and day out with various foundations in your region, and they are keenly aware of the different issues and projects that are currently active. They will probably have some great … Continue reading 6 Ways to Find Funding Partners

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Stop The Board Docket Madness

In this podcast, Kris shares five practical ways foundation leaders can reduce their labor intensity, simplify their work, and generate more creativity among their staff. http://putnam-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Putnam-140618-Q2-Stop-the-board-docket-madness.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadShare

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Why RFPs Waste Time: Choose a Better Approach to Finding a Great Consultant — Part I

Imagine that the foundation for which you work needs to find consulting expertise for a particular project. Everyone agrees to develop an RFP to get qualified consultants to respond. That’s thorough, fair, and transparent. Right? Wrong. I rarely respond to RFPs for consulting engagements. Their expectations are not thorough, fair, or transparent. I find most RFPs to be a poor use of time and an impediment to my ability to improve our clients’ conditions.  What’s worse, many foundations fail to understand how an RFP process can waste their time and hinder their success. Foundations use RFPs to find consultants for four primary reasons: 1. They hope the proposals will give them free insights. 2. They don’t know many consultants and … Continue reading Why RFPs Waste Time: Choose a Better Approach to Finding a Great Consultant — Part I

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Grantmakers Should Think Like Consultants

Kris explains the many benefits of senior leaders thinking like consultants, including increasing the value and efficiency of your staff’s time. http://putnam-consulting.com/wp-content/uploads/Putnam-140618-Q1-Grantmakers-should-think-like-consultants.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadShare

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12 Strategies for Spreading Your Small Grant Further

Do you want to make a big splash with grant dollars, but you can only make a small gift? Not a problem! Some of the most effective change starts with a small grant. Follow a few simple strategies to create a ripple effect with a small gift. Here are 12 ideas to help you make a big impact. Educate yourself. Who else is funding your issue? What’s needed and what can you do? Devote a day to researching your topic, and identify relevant experts and foundation program officers. Call or e-mail them to learn more. Invest in a great leader. Identify leaders you believe in, then support them. For example, provide executive coaching or management training so they can build … Continue reading 12 Strategies for Spreading Your Small Grant Further

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