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2018 New Grantmakers Institute | Grantmaking for the 21st Century

If you're new to philanthropy, or interested in sharpening your skills, NCG's signature program, 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 this ecosystem that you are a part of. In this two-day, highly interactive training, participants have the opportunity to engage with your peers around opportunities and challenges of grantmaking. In addition to developing a network of peers, participants will have the opportunity to hear directly from seasoned philanthropic leaders and become familiar with resources available to support your continued professional development.

Hear from Attendees

Some of our 2017 participants talked with us about why they attended, and why it's important to their careers. Hear what they had to say below in the interview below. 

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 8:30am to Friday, October 12, 2018 - 5:00pm PDT
The James Irvine Foundation
One Bush Street, Suite 800 San Francisco, CA
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This program costs $550 for NCG members and $695 for non-members. 

If you have any questions about registration, please don't hesitate to reach out to Kate Seely, Director of Leadership, Culture, and Community at NCG at or 415-872-1021.

Additional faculty will be added as they are confirmed. Check back for updates. 


Dimple Abichandani

Executive Director | General Service Foundation

Kimberly Aceves-Iñiguez

Co-founder and Executive Director | RYSE Center

Meaghan Calcari Campbell

Program Officer, Marine Conservation Initiative | The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Angie Chen

Senior Program Officer | The Libra Foundation

Olivia Deich

Evaluation and Learning Officer | David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Pia Infante

Co-Executive Director | The Whitman Institute

David Greco

President & CEO | Social Sector Partners

Allison Magee

Executive Director | The Zellerbach Family Foundation

Sara Matlin

Bilingual Counsel | Bolder Advocacy Initiative

Oren Slozberg

Executive Director | Commonweal

Richard Vezina

Vice President of Strategy & Business Development | Harder+Company Community Research

Julia Wilson

CEO | OneJustice

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Additional faculty will be added as they are confirmed. Check back for updates. 

Day One

8:30 - 9:00 am Registration and Breakfast
9:00 - 10:30 am
Introductions, Framing, and the History of Philanthropy
  • Kate Seely, Northern California Grantmakers
10:30 - 10:45 am Break
10:45 - 12:30 pm 
Session One: The Unwritten Rules of Philanthropy
  • Dimple Abichandani, General Services Foundation
  • Pia Infante, The Whitman Institute
  • Allison Magee, Zellerbach Family Foundation
12:30 - 1:15 pm Lunch
1:15 - 3:00 pm
Session Two: Linking Strategy, Program, and Proposals
  • Angie Chen, The Libra Foundation
  • Meaghan Calcari Campbell, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
3:00 - 3:15 pm Break
3:15 - 4:45 pm
Session Three: Learning and Evaluation
  • Richard Vezina, Harder+Company Community Research 
  • Olivia Deich, The Packard Foundation 
4:45 - 5:15  Reflection and Close
5:30 - 7:30 pm Happy Hour

Day Two

8:30 - 9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 - 9:30 am
9:30 - 11:00 am
Session Four: Legal Aid and Advocacy in Philanthropy
  • Sara Matlin, Alliance for Justice
  • Julia Wilson, OneJustice
11:00 - 11:15 am 
11:15 am - 12:00 noon
Session Five: Nonprofit Sustainability and Financial Due Diligence
  • David Greco, Social Sector Partners
12:00 noon - 12:45 pm 
12: 45 - 1:30 pm
Session Five: Nonprofit Sustainability and Financial Due Diligence (continued...)
  • David Greco, Social Sector Partners
1:30 - 1:45 pm Break
1:45 - 3:15 pm 

Session Six: Meet Our Community Leaders

  • Kimberly Aceves-Iñiguez, Ryse Center
  • Ellen LaPointe, Northern California Grantmakers
  • Oren Slozberg, Commonweal 
3:15 - 4:00 pm Reflection and Close
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