As many of you know I Chair the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers. I am thrilled to announce a new webinar series based on the groundbreaking Spring issue of The Foundation Review - the first edition dedicated to the practice of philanthropy consulting. National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers (NNCG) is presenting a series of seven webinars that will dive deeper into many of the publication's article topics.
The webinar series is co-sponsored by the Council on Foundations, the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, The Foundation Center, Learn Philanthropy, Northern California Grantmakers, and The Foundation Review.
The first webinar, was held last week featuring speakers Chris Cardona of the Ford Foundation (formerly TCC Group) and Barbara Kibbe of the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, who shared their insights on the challenges in aligning foundation staff and external consultant skills and expectations in order to have an effective engagement.
Upcoming webinars are as follows:
Wednesday, June 24, 1pm ET
The Use, Roles, and Capabilities Needed from External Consultants in Philanthropy
Presenters: Brenda L. Henry-Sanchez, Foundation Center, and Brian Leslie, Kelsey Noonan and Clint Nohavec of SwitchPointLLC
Tuesday, September 29, 2pm ET
How to Implement a Funder-Supported Advocacy Effort and the Integral Role of Policy Consultants
Presenters: Deena Margolis, Focali Consulting LLC and Leah Ersoylu, Ersoylu Consulting
Wednesday, October 14, 3pm ET
Going Beyond Grantmaking: Using External Help to Extend a Foundation's Core Competencies and Increase Its Impact
Presenters: Gwen Walden, Lauren Marra and Katrina Briddell, Arabella Advisors
Wednesday, November 4, 12pm ET
Shine a Light: The Role of Consultants in Fostering a Learning Culture at Foundations
Presenters: Ashley Blanchard, Jared Raynor and Marieke Spence, TCC Group
Wednesday, December 9, 2pm ET
Effective Consulting Partnerships to Philanthropy
Presenters: Ellen Irie and Ria Sengupta Bhatt, Center for Effective Philanthropy
Wednesday, January 20 2016, 2pm ET
The Family Foundation Life Cycle and the Role of Consultants
Presenters: Mary Phillips and Judy Sneath, GMA Foundations, and Melissa Nemon, Sillerman Center
Webinars are free for NNCG members. Nonmembers can receive a multi-webinar discount. Learn more and register at nncg.org.
Kris Putnam-Walkerly, MSW, is a philanthropy expert and consultant. Learn more about how she helps philanthropists develop grantmaking strategies, allocate funds, evaluate impact, and communicate results. Read her articles such as Why RFPs Waste Time: Choose a Better Approach to Finding a Great Consultant, or listen to her podcasts, including
Grantmakers Should Think Like Consultants and Why Rely on Outside Consultants.
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