Call for Papers On Philanthropy Consulting


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Successful business meetingThe Foundation Review has issued a Call for Papers for an issue focused on philanthropy consulting. The March 2015 themed issue, co-edited by the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers,  will explore quality, trends and impact in a significant component of philanthropic practice. Abstracts of up to 250 words are due by May 15, 2014. If a full paper is invited, it will be due by August 15, 2014 for consideration for publication.

Papers are invited on topics including, but not limited to:

  • Scope and scale. To what extent do grantmakers and funder networks retain consultants, and for what purposes?
  • Role. Why do foundations hire philanthropy consultants? What are the roles of philanthropy consultants? How do
    roles vary by grantmaker type, size, lifecycle?
  • Value and impact. What value have grantmakers recognized from engaging philanthropy consultants? What
    impact have consultants had on the work of funders and the philanthropic sector as a whole?
  • Quality and effectiveness. What constitutes quality in philanthropy consulting? What are the characteristics of
    effective consultants and consulting engagements?
  • Capacity. How does the field of philanthropy support or invest in philanthropy consulting? What efforts exist to
    ensure diversity within the consulting field and to support career pipelines for future consultants?
  • Trends. What trends do we anticipate in the field of philanthropy in the U.S. and globally, and how can
    consultants add value?, will explore quality, trends and impact in a significant component of philanthropic practice.

I am the Chair the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers and will serve as co-editor of this journal issue. I encourage you to share this announcement with your colleagues, and to consider submitting an abstract.  Learn more about the Call for Papers  here.


Kris Putnam-Walkerly is a philanthropy expert and consultant. If you found this blog post useful, please subscribe. On Twitter? Follow me @Philanthropy411.

Posted by Kris Putnam-Walkerly © Kris Putnam-Walkerly and Philanthropy411, 2014.

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