Part think-tank and part service organization,
the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers
provides a learning community and a forum for open discussion among
consultants dedicated to increasing and strengthening philanthropy.
The Network's mission is to increase the quality, effectiveness
and capacity of grantmakers by mobilizing and strengthening the work
of knowledgeable, ethical and experienced consultants. NNCG offers
resources, opportunities for engagement and access, and support for
consultants seeking to hone best practices and increase their impact
and that of their clients. It offers consultants a forum in which to
convene and practice professional development, and it provides a national
platform for cooperative involvement in addressing the principal issues,
trends, and challenges that we face daily in the philanthropic field.
NNCG is a direct response to the needs of grantmakers.
Philanthropy is a $308 billion-per-year industry, according to Giving USA in 2009. Some grantmakers find it increasingly
challenging to identify experienced, ethical, high-quality consultants
among the growing advisor population, some members of which may lack
appropriate skills and standards. In response to this need, NNCG seeks
to establish benchmarks of quality and tools for selecting excellent
consultants. NNCG's new online searchable Directory of Consultants is one such tool, designed for use by grantmakers, media, and other consultants seeking complementary expertise or collaborators.