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2019 New Grantmakers Institute | Grantmaking for the 21st Century

When: September 12 - 13, 2019 | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Where: The James Irvine Foundation, San Francisco


This event is currently SOLD OUT. Fill out the waitlist application here

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 the ecosystem that you are a part of. In this two-day, highly interactive training, participants have the opportunity to engage with your peers around the opportunities and challenges of grantmaking within the current day context. 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.

Who Should Apply

Members or nonmembers who are new to their role in the field of philanthropy are welcome to apply. 

Cost of Participation

Members: $625 (Northern California Grantmakers, San Diego Grantmakers, Southern California Grantmakers qualify for this price)
Nonmembers: $750


Have any questions about applying for what's in store? Contact Daniel Lau at  

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 interviews below. 



Managing Director, Civic Leadership | Coro


Creative Thought Partner, Designer Facilitator, Visual Artist, Positive Organization Coach


Manager of Equity and Practice | Northern California Grantmakers


Senior Director of Training | Coro


Senior Director of Leadership, Culture, and Community | Northern California Grantmakers



Day 1

Check-in and Breakfast
Session 1: Introductions and Framing
  • Kate Seely, Northern California Grantmakers
Session 2: The History of Philanthropy 
  • Kate Seely, Northern California Grantmaker
Session 3: State of the Sector
  • Dimple Abichandani, General Services Foundation
  • Pia Infante, The Whitman Institute
  • Allison Magee, Zellerbach Family Foundation
  • Moderator: Alice Y Hom, Northern California Grantmakers
State 4: MythBusters: Advocacy Funding
  • Sara Matlin, Alliance for Justice
Session 5: Navigating Your Journey in Philanthropy
  • Jamie Allison, The Walter & Elise Haas Fund
  • Charles Fields, The James Irvine Foundation
  • Moderator: Kate Seely, Northern California Grantmakers

Reflection and Close

Happy Hour (Co-Sponsored with Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, Bay Area Chapter)


Day 2

Breakfast and Opening
Session 6: Learning and Evaluation: Asking the Right Questions, Getting the Right Information
  • Jara Dean Coffey, Luminare Group & Equitable Evaluation Initiative 
Session 7: Your Roles in Developing Equitable Relationships with Grantee Partners
  • Angie Chen, The Libra Foundation
  • Meaghan Calcari-Campbell, The Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation 
Session 8: Full Cost, Equity, and Impact
  • David Greco, Social Sector Partners
Session 9: Meet our Community Leaders
  • Kimberly Aceves-Iñiguez, RYSE Center 
  • Aimee Durfee, JVS
  • George Galvis, CURYJ
  • Moderator: Ellen LaPointe, Northern California Grantmakers
Reflection and Close
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