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Communities of Practice

Every year, NCG offers cohort-based Institutes, trainings, and series for the philanthropic sector. Each with its own goal, they provide opportunities for the NCG community to learn and practice transformative philanthropy.

Racial Equity Action Institute

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.


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Rising Leaders Cohort

If you're a rising leader in philanthropy, someone looking for ways to expand your impact within the sector and advance your career, this offering is for you. 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 the next level. 


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Foundations of Racial Equity

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. This series provides training for philanthropic practitioners to understand how anti-Black racism and white supremacy influence philanthropy and its practices while providing opportunities for action.


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Communications Institute

Communications professionals, narrative strategists, and storytellers hold immense power and responsibility in shaping just futures. The Communications Institute provides technical skills, transformative tools, and a values-aligned peer network to harness our collective power.


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New Grantmakers Institute

If you're new to philanthropy, or interested in sharpening your skills, the New Grantmakers Institute (NGI): Grantmaking for the 21st Century, helps build your understanding of best practices for ethical and effective grantmaking and helps you place yourself within the ecosystem that you are now a part of.


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Racial Equity Peer Learning Exchange

The Racial Equity Peer Learning Exchange is created for teams of foundations to participate in cohort learning as a full team. This learning exchange is a Philanthropy California offering with Northern California Grantmakers, Catalyst, and SoCal Grantmakers participating with two member foundations each.


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Sharpening the Edge 2.0

Sharpening the Edge 2.0 is a 4-part learning and collaboration series that will help philanthropic grantmakers sharpen their power-building strategies by engaging in 501c(4) funding and complementary 501c(3) funding strategies. The series expands upon the inaugural Sharpening the Edge learning series NCG hosted in 2022. 


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Member Stories: Prioritizing Belonging for Repair and Re-imagining

"In this moment, where there is both possibility and energy for belonging and hurdles that trip us up, change brings both opportunity and challenge. Collectively, we sowed some seeds in that gallery, seeds of healing, liberation, and belonging." - Austin Truong shares their experience building belonging at NCG's 2023 Annual Conference, Mapping our Collective Future.