New Webinar Series on Philanthropy Consulting


Multi ethnic business team at a meeting. Interacting. Focus on womanBased on the groundbreaking Spring issue of The Foundation Review — the first edition dedicated to the practice of philanthropy consulting —the 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, Common Cause: Aligning Foundations and Consultants for More Effective Philanthropy, is hosted by The Foundation Review and will be held Wednesday, May 13 at 1:00 pm (ET) featuring speakers Chris Cardona of the Ford Foundation and Barbara Kibbe of the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, who will share their insights on the challenges in aligning foundation staff and external consultant skills and expectations in order to have an effective engagement.

Subsequent 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 is philanthropy advisor and consultant, and Chair of the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers. 

Kris is a sought after philanthropy advisor, expert and award-winning author. She has helped over 90 foundations and philanthropists strategically allocate and assess over half a billion dollars in grants and gifts.

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