An NNCG consultant is a well-respected expert with long-term professional experience who charges a fee for providing advice or services in a particular philanthropic discipline or area of concern. (see "Areas of Expertise") Recognizing the existence of other complementary professionals and their associations, NNCG does not address the specialized, technical needs of the accounting, legal, financial, investment or trust advisors. NNCG is not a trade association or marketing group.
Annual membership fees and benefits are the same for members, associates, and affiliates:
(*Please note that membership categories and criteria may change based on NNCG benchmarks of quality and impact.)
~ Involvement in a peer-driven network of professional consultants who meet regularly
~ Opportunities for professional development that have particular relevance to philanthropy consultants
~Inclusion in NNCG’s national online Directory of philanthropic consultants —the only free, searchable directory of experienced and vetted philanthropy consultants. The Directory is widely available to grantmakers and the public on NNCG’s website and through NNCG’s network of partner organizations
~ Access and contribution to current thinking, writing and other resources about ethics, values and best practices through NNCG’s e-newsletter, special briefings and other forums
~ Access to member colleagues through NNCG’s private email platform
~ Participation in developing benchmarks of quality for consultants
~ Engagement in a forum for discussion about strengthening grantmaking
~ Opportunities to tackle important philanthropic issues via working groups, studies, publications, workshops, collaborations and other special projects
~ Discounts and benefits from partner organizations, including:
Council on Foundations
Full membership in NNCG is now sufficient for registration to COF conferences. Full members no longer need to be sponsored by a foundation client.
Philanthropy New York (PNY)
Eligible New York area philanthropy consultants and consulting firms who are “full” members of NNCG may qualify for discounted membership in Philanthropy New York, thanks to a cooperative membership program. NNCG members should contact Jason McGill, Vice President, Member Services (firstname.lastname@example.org) at Philanthropy New York for information. Philanthropy New York is the principal professional community of philanthropic foundations based in the New York City region, and includes many of the leading private, corporate, family, and public grantmaking foundations in the world.
NNCG members receive a 20% discount on new and renewed journal subscriptions when they subscribe to The Foundation Review, the peer-reviewed journal of philanthropy published by the Johnson Center for Philanthropy. NNCG members who are new subscribers are also eligible for a free half-page electronic or print ad in The Foundation Review. TFR’s mission is to share evaluation results, tools, and knowledge about the philanthropic sector in order to improve the practice of grantmaking, yielding greater impact and innovation. Contact NNCG’s Project Director for your discount code. For more information, contact Robert Shalett, TFR’s Director of Communications at email@example.com.
NNCG members receive 20% off a year's print or electronic subscription to Alliance magazine. Alliance is also offering a two-week ad placement on its homepage to new subscribers who are NNCG members. Alliance magazine is the leading global magazine on philanthropy and social investment. Contact NNCG’s Project Director for the link to the discount form for NNCG members and for further information.
Association of Small Foundations (ASF)
The Association of Small Foundations (ASF) is a membership organization of nearly 3,000 foundations with few or no staff. About 250 of the members have over $50 million in assets, but the average size is $18 million, and half have under $7 million. ASF provides their members with peer learning opportunities, targeted resources and a collective voice in and beyond the philanthropic community. For more information, visit www.smallfoundations.org.
A source of practical wisdom on the tools and techniques of effective grant making, GrantCraft offers guides, videos, and case studies that present the practitioner’s view of philanthropy on a variety of subjects. GrantCraft materials are free to download online, following a short registration. The guides are also available in print for purchase. Contact NNCG’s Project Director for your discount code.