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Communities of Practice

Each year NCG provides training institutes curated for specific groups of those in our sector. The Communications Institute, Racial Equity Action Institute, and the Rising Leaders Cohort. These are 6-7 month in-depth workshops with your peers and require an application. 

Communications Institute

Racial Equity Action Institute

Rising Leaders Cohort

Communications professionals, narrative strategists, and storytellers hold immense power and responsibility in shaping just futures. The Communications Institute provides technical skills, transformational tools, and a values-aligned peer network to harness our collective power. We offer best practices along with peer spaces to apply those practices to your real-life challenges.

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One sector on its own cannot solve the challenges of racial inequities. NCG recognizes we can achieve more together by organizing a multi-sector space for discussion, learning, and innovation. Through the Racial Equity Action Institute, participants will gain knowledge, lessons, and tools for making change in their institutions on REDI and to create solutions for our shared challenges in the Bay Area. Each year, a 20-person cohort will be chosen to participate in REAI with opportunities to reflect, share, and act. 

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Are you a rising leader in philanthropy, someone looking for ways to expand your impact within the sector and advance your career? Are you feeling like the skills that got you to this point in your career are not the same skills required to succeed at the next level? If you answered yes to these questions, the 2023 Rising Leaders Cohort offers you a unique opportunity to focus on your leadership journey within philanthropy and build the skills that will take you to your next level.   

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Foundations of Racial Equity

New Grantmakers Institute


We cannot shift systems or our organizations without understanding how we got here, nor without looking at ourselves, at our relationships, and at our organizations themselves. The guiding purpose of the series is to provide training for philanthropic practitioners to understand how anti-Black racism and white supremacy influence the field of philanthropy and our practices and to provide opportunities for action in your organizations based on what you learn here.

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In this seven-week series of virtual weekly training, participants will get a 101-level introduction to the art and craft of grantmaking. You will have the opportunity to hear directly from seasoned philanthropic leaders and become familiar with the opportunities facing philanthropy today. In addition to top-notch faculty, participants will begin to develop a network of peers as we grapple with what it means to practice effective and equitable grantmaking in the context of ongoing racial injustice, global climate catastrophe, economic turmoil, and social unrest, all amidst the backdrop of a century pandemic.

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