ISSUE NUMBER 61 | MAY 18, 2015  

New Webinar Series on Philanthropy Consulting


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





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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Kris Putnam-Walkerly, MSW, is the president of Putnam Consulting Group, Inc. and author of the Philanthropy411 blog.

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