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2023 New Grantmakers Institute: Grantmaking for the 21st Century

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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.

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. This series of workshops will also guide you towards resources available to support your continued professional development as you get started in the field. 

Asynchronous Learning Circle

As a participant in the New Grantmakers Institute, you have the option of taking part in an asynchronous learning circle. These smaller groups of 4-5 people will meet at least once in between each session to explore the content shared in the NGI sessions more deeply through the lens of your experience and your organization and to build relationships with others who are beginning their time in philanthropy. 

If you opt-in for a learning circle, we will place you in a group and notify you of that grouping after the first full NGI session on October 5th. In that initial email, we will provide initial instructions on how to connect with your fellow circle participants and some guidance on self-organization. After each session, the NGI program staff will send a series of prompts to help you begin your conversations. You can sign up for the learning circle in your registration. There is no extra cost to participate in the learning circles. 

By signing up for a learning circle, you agree to:

  • Meet at least once between each NGI session
  • Find a time to meet that works for everyone in your group
  • Set group agreements that can support you in your conversations 

Curriculum & Session Dates

Majority of trainings take place 9:30 am - 12:00 noon. Please note that Session 1 takes place 9:00 am - 12:30 pm and there is an optional social gathering. Sessions will be hosted virtually with the exception of the social gathering. 

  • Session 1: Introduction to the Field and the State of the Sector | Thursday, October 5, 2023 | 9:30 am - 12:30 pm | Virtual
  • Session 2: Your Roles in Developing Equitable Relationships with Grantee Partners | Thursday, October 12, 2023 | 9:30 am - 12:00 noon | Virtual
  • Session 3: Full Cost, Equity, and Impact | Thursday, October 19, 2023 | 9:30 am - 12:00 noon | Virtual
  • Optional Social Gathering | Tuesday, October 24, 2023 | 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm | In-person, Friends and Family Bar, Oakland
  • Session 4: The Art of Advocacy: Philanthropy's Role in Public Policy  | Thursday, October 26, 2023 | 9:30 am - 12:00 noon | Virtual
  • Session 5: Meet the Community Leaders | Thursday, November 2, 2023 | 9:30 am - 12:00 noon | Virtual
  • Session 6: Navigating Your Journey in Philanthropy | Thursday, November 9, 2023 | 9:00 am - 12:00 noon | Virtual

Learn more about the Curriculum here

Target Audience

NCG's New Grantmakers Institute (NGI) is created for those who are new to philanthropy, want to renew their skills, or build their understanding of best practices and ethical grantmaking. NGI is open to members and non-members.


  • NCG Members Full Institute: $795
  • NCG Members Full Institute + Learning Circle: $795
  • Non-members Full Institute: $995
  • Non-members Full Institute + Learning Circle: $995

Questions or trouble registering?

Contact the registrar.


Jamie Allison

Executive Director

Meaghan Calcari Campbell

Program Officer

Angie Chen

Executive Director

Cecilia Chen

Chief Strategy Officer & VP of Programs

Raymond Colmenar


Charles Fields

Vice President

Desiree Flores

Executive Director

David Greco

Executive Director

Rebecca Hamburg

Chief Network Officer

Jamillah Hasan-Oliver

Founder & Executive Director

Jack Mahoney

Director, Movement and Power Building

Jacob Martinez

Executive Director

Melissa Nop

Manager of Equity and Practice

Shaady Salehi

Executive Director

Kate Seely

Sr. Dir, Leadership, Culture + Community

Carolyn Wang Kong

President & Executive Director

Nancy Xiong

Executive Director
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