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2018 Cohort

The two-day New Grantmakers Institute (NGI) workshop is a great introduction to philanthropy; some participants may also feel a desire to dig in a bit deeper and continue the learning. The New Grantmakers Cohort offers participants an opportunity to delve into your own leadership journey within the field, exploring some of the nuanced aspects that are present in philanthropy today. In a smaller cohort model that will meet once a quarter for the three quarters after the initial institute, we will offer an opportunity to continue building relationships with your peers, while being guided through experiences that encourage you to delve into the complexity of social change and the role that philanthropy, and you, play in that process.

Some of the questions we will explore include:

  • How can I operate with my values intact, exercising my voice and agency?
  • How do I develop as a leader regardless of my position in my foundation?
  • How can I create the conditions and build the skills to thrive in my commitment to social impact and social progress?
  • How can I stay focused on my personal mission while balancing the always-demanding to-do list?
  • What skills do I need to build in order to be an effective grantmaker in the face of our current reality?

If you're interested in building deeper relationships with your fellow NGI participants, and if you're interested in leadership and professional development in an intimate setting that allows you to explore issues specific to the philanthropic sector, this deeper dive cohort may be for you.

What to Expect:

  • Facilitated quarterly half-day gatherings with the full cohort - December, March, June
  • Peer learning buddy meetings to connect with a smaller group in between sessions, to explore your own questions more intimately in a self-facilitated format, with provided structure if needed (January, February, April, May)
  • Outside of the quarterly half-day gatherings, you should expect to spend a minimum of 5 hours per month dedicated to pre-gathering work, peer learning buddy meetings, and individual explorations.

What you’ll Gain:

  • Resources to inform your questions, the current times we are in (as related to philanthropy), and the role of philanthropy in effecting social change
  • Opportunities to engage with faculty and trainings focused on social justice, organizing, values-based philanthropy, team dynamics, power and privilege, equity, and more
  • A place to have fun, be creative, and feel safe exploring your questions

Interested? Questions?

Please contact Kate Seely, Director of Leadership, Culture and Community at NCG at or 415-872-1021.