You may have noticed a new resource on our homepage. We have added a link to the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers in the right hand column, alongside links to our blog, Twitter, and Facebook presences. 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. NNCG offers an online directory of vetted consultants designed for use by grantmakers seeking experts and collaborators.
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.
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.