10 Questions or Less is a feature here on the Forum’s Forum in which we get to know regional association staff members a little better—their work, what drives them, and more. This week, Cindy Frantz, Communications Director at North Carolina Network of Grantmakers. If you would like to suggest someone for a profile through 10 Questions or Less, contact Dan Brady.
What would you say was the most popular member program by North Carolina Network of Grantmakers this year?
The annual meeting continues to be our most popular member event, but this year we’ve also had great success with a series of skills based workshops for emerging leaders and new grantmakers. We’ve used the Essential Skills and Strategies curriculum and are offering each module individually every few months. We have received positive feedback and continued interest, so we have also offered skills based sessions that aren’t included in the ESS curriculum, such as Evaluating Nonprofit Financials, and Conducting Effective Site Visits. One of our seasoned members usually teaches the session which saves on costs and serves as a good opportunity for members to network. This method works well because we’ve found that it easier for folks to get away for a half day than taking two full days out of the office. Continue reading
The Forum is pleased to officially welcome its 34th member organization, North Carolina Network of Grantmakers! Headquartered in Chapel Hill, the Network is a statewide association of grantmakers helping their members to share knowledge, experiences and lessons learned—and provide opportunities for North Carolina grantmakers to work together to improve the effectiveness and ultimate impact of grantmaking. NCNG represents over 80 foundations, corporate giving programs and donor-advised funds that make significant grants to North Carolina charitable causes. The Network was organized in September 2002 by a group of leading grantmakers who appreciated the need for a statewide forum to connect and support trustees, staff and advisors or grantmaking organizations that operates under the fiscal oversight of the North Carolina Community Foundation.
Along with the Southeastern Council of Foundations, the Network will work together to promote and build effective philanthropy throughout North Carolina.
Many of you may already be familiar with the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers and its Executive Director, Bobbi Hapgood, from their past participation in Foundations on the Hill. The staff also includes Program Director Amanda Miller. More information about the Network can be found at www.ncgrantmakers.org.