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2020 New Grantmakers Institute | Grantmaking for the 21st Century

Sessions begin October 22, 2020!

If you're new to philanthropy, or interested in sharpening your skills, NCG's signature program, 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.

In this six-week series of weekly trainings, 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 a global pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement, and climate change. This series of workshops will also guide you towards resources available to support your continued professional development as you get started in the field. 


Have any questions about applying for what's in store? Contact Kate Seely at

Hear from Past Participants

Interested in the benefits of participating? Hear from last year's attendees about where their job search began and what excites them about working in philanthropy now.

Executive Director | General Service Foundation


Executive Director | Walter & Elise Haas Fund


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


Senior Program Officer | The Libra Foundation


Vice President of Program Implementation | The James Irvine Foundation


Senior Advocacy Officer | Conrad N. Hilton Foundation


Executive Director, All Starts Helping Kids


Co-Executive Director | The Whitman Institute


Director, Trust-Based Philanthropy Project


Senior Manager, Corporate Citizenship | Genentech


Session Dates:

All trainings are two and a half hour sessions and take place between 10:00 am - 12:30 pm. 

  1. Thursday, October 22, 2020
  2. Thursday, October 29, 2020 
  3. Thursday, November 5, 2020
  4. Thursday, November 12, 2020 
  5. Thursday, November 19, 2020
  6. Thursday, December 3, 2020

Sessions will focus on: 

  • The philanthropic ecosystem and the state of the sector
  • The grantmaking process, and developing equitable relationships with grantee partners
  • The full cost of nonprofit outcomes and financial due diligence
  • Policy advocacy and philanthropy's role
  • Nonprofit perspectives on positive relationships with funders
  • Navigating your professional journey in philanthropy 

Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 10:00am to Thursday, December 3, 2020 - 12:30pm PDT
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Target Audience 

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


Members and nonmembers must log in to register. If you do not already have an account, you can learn more about creating one here

Questions or trouble registering? Contact the registrar.


  • Members: $400 
  • Nonmembers: $650
Opt-In to an Additional Learning Group
After registering, you will receive your confirmation email. You will then have the opportunity to opt-in to an additional small learning group. The group will support relationship-building with your fellow participants, create space to grapple and discuss both learnings and questions from the sessions, and discuss more deeply what it means to be a grantmaker in this moment.  
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