20 Ways a Consultant Can Make Your Life Easier – A Little Outside Help Goes a Long Way Download PDF (128 KB)

It might be time to hire a consultant. You only have so much time, and sometimes you need a new perspective and a helping hand from someone with an unbiased view and different expertise. If you are wondering just how much help consultants can be, here are 20 ways they can make your life easier.

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2017 Compensation & Benefits for Philanthropy-Serving Organizations

United Philanthropy Forum’s first-ever 2017 Compensation & Benefits for Philanthropy-Serving Organizations report provides comprehensive benchmarking data and analyses on the employment practices of regional and national philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs), based on the responses of 50 PSOs. Download the Executive Summary (PDF) The full report is for members only.

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A Snapshot: Compensation in Corporate Responsibility

This info graphic provides a snapshot of salaries and compensation for corporate responsibility professionals. The full report is available with membership to ACCP.

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Benchmarking Program Officer Roles and Responsibilities

In this report, the Center for Effective Philanthropy shares the results of a survey conducted in mid-2016 to gain a better understanding of the role of the program officer. The report provides a comprehensive collection of benchmarking data on topics ranging from the professional and educational backgrounds of program officers, to technical information about the structure of the program officer role, to program officers’ perspectives on certain aspects of their work, such as the funder-grantee dynamic.

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Don’t Do It – 10 Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring Philanthropy Consultants

When you need to hire a consultant, the pressure is on. Time and money are at stake, and so is success. The next time you need a consultant’s help, save your valuable time and resources by avoiding these hiring mistakes.

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Don’t Need a Consultant? 5 Good Reasons You Might Be Wrong

Foundation and nonprofit staff are spread thin enough. There is a lot to do with a limited number of people and a limited number of hours in the day. And there are times when expecting hardworking staff to strategize and carry through an entirely new project, on top of handling their ongoing responsibilities, is asking too much. Consultants can take some of the burden off of staff while providing a new perspective and expertise. They may also increase your organization’s credibility. Here are the five main reasons most foundations and nonprofits enlist the help of outside consultants.

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Expert Q & A: How can we make learning fun for new grantmakers?

By: Jessica Bearman, principal, Bearman Consulting I went to Google and did a quick search on “Fun and Learning” and quickly noticed that with or without the quotation marks, all the hits were resources for kids. Searching on Adults Learning and Fun yielded a bunch of websites devoted to icebreakers… as though fun can be part of learning, as long as it’s contained at the beginning of the meeting or workshop. And so then I asked myself: “What makes learning fun and how can fun make learning better?”  Based on what we know about how adults learn, here are some quick Read more

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Fund the People ToolKit

Foundations can advance their strategies and goals by investing in grantee staff and the nonprofit workforce. Nonprofit professionals thrive when they are well supported and developed by their organizations. So investing in the people-systems of grantee organizations can and should be a vital part of the job of every foundation trustee and program executive. We created this Toolkit to provide funders practical guidance, promising practices, and data on the value of investing the in nonprofit workforce.

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Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Report

The 2017 Salary Tables present salary data collected in the 2017 Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Survey on 9,730 full-time staff across 970 U.S. based foundations and corporate grantmaking organizations. This report provides benchmarking data for 36 positions, broken down by foundation type, asset size, and geographic location. Note – the contents of this publication will be repeated in the 2017 Full Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Report, along with benefits information and key findings. The full report will be available in February 2018.  Member free Nonmembers for purchase

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How to Effectively Hire a Consultant – 5 Tips for a Win-Win Relationship

Nonprofit and foundation leaders are held accountable to their stakeholders to make sure they are using their budgets to garner the best results. A strong relationship with quality consultants can help limited budgets go a long way, so it is imperative that you find a consultant who can become valuable member of your team. Simply choosing to hire a consultant isn’t enough to guarantee a successful engagement. You need to clearly communicate your goals and work together to ensure they are met. Here are few guidelines to help you succeed when working with consultants.

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NNCG Directory of Philanthropy Consultants

NNCG’s Directory of Philanthropy Consultants is the only, online, searchable, freely accessibly source of experienced and vetted consultants serving all types and sizes of grantmakers.

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People: philanthropy’s great strength

Pick up any edition of Alliance from the past few years, and one message is clear. In truly unprecedented ways, the global philanthropy sector is on the move, popping up in new places, growing in scale, diversifying in form, and, more than ever before, stretching to tackle the momentous challenges that define our times such as climate change, food and water security, and immigration. While there is much talk of the financial resources needed for success, much less attention is paid to the equally if not more important human resources.

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Strengthening Philanthropy through Strategic People Practices – Presenter Guide

PRESENTER GUIDE Background on the Presentation In 2013, during its centennial year, the Rockefeller Foundation launched a dialogue on people and talent within philanthropy, bringing together twenty leaders from 16 countries around the world for a symposium at the Bellagio Center entitled “Talent Management for Innovative and Impactful Philanthropy in the 21st Century.” The event’s agenda explored a range of issues, including what skills, experiences, and attributes are most needed in philanthropy today and how an investment in people can contribute greatly to organizational success. Since the Bellagio symposium, participants have remained committed to exploring the issues that the convening Read more

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The Best of the Humanistic and Technocratic: Why the Most Effective Work in Philanthropy Requires a Balance

The author suggests that the best strategies should be brought to bear from each of two philanthropic approaches: the emerging technocratic approach to philanthropy and humanistic philanthropy.

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Understanding Philanthropy Consulting: A Tool to Identify the Roles and Capabilities Needed From External Support

The article categorizes seven capability areas, from strategy setting to talent development, that are core to all foundations. Then, it identifies trigger points within these capability areas that lead foundations to undertake projects that may require outside support. Third, the article maps the capabilities that foundations consider in determining whether and how to engage philanthropy consultants.  

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Who Becomes a Foundation CEO? An Analysis of Hiring Patterns, 2004-2008

This study provides baseline data about the professional and individual characteristics of 440 candidates selected to be the top executive in a grantmaking institution during a five-year study period (2004-2008), and about the hiring patterns of the diverse institutions making these appointments.

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Working With Consultants: What You Should Know for A Productive Relationship

This brief provides tried and true advice to grantmakers who are considering or seeking outside expertise. Topics include: Reasons grantmakers turn to consultants Components of a successful consultant/grantmaker relationship Ways to use a consultant How to identify possible consultants How to choose and retain a consultants  

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