Join NCG

NCG inspires our members to connect to their individual and shared purpose. We create space to celebrate one another, learn together, and leverage our strengths. NCG brings our members and partners together, as we engage both hearts and minds to rethink what’s possible.

NCG welcomes professionals new to philanthropy by providing training and tools to strengthen their impact now and throughout their career.

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To be eligible to become a member of NCG, an applicant must:

  • Have a strong desire to improve its grantmaking program.
  • Award $25,000 or more per year in grants to multiple, unrelated organizations, within its funding priorities, and cannot restrict its giving to subsidiary chapters or to a single institution. 
  • Make available to the public information about its granting program (e.g. through its web site, or the use of printed materials, and/or by its IRS form 990PF). 

Your membership is good for one full year. No refund or cancellation is available.

For more detailed membership criteria, please contact NCG Member Services at memberservices@ncg.org or at 415.777.4111.

Applications

Select one of the following application types:


Grantmaking Organizations

Grantmaking organizations who give at least $25,000 annually to multiple, unrelated organizations within its funding priorities and do not restrict its giving to subsidiary chapters or a single institution. In addition, the grantmaking program must be the most significant part of the applicant’s activities. Grantmaking organizations include:

  • Private independent foundations
  • Private family foundations
  • Public foundations
  • Corporate foundations
  • Corporations with community giving programs
  • Government (cities, counties, or grantmaking entities)
  • Operating foundations
  • Giving circles
  • Population-focused funds
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Partner Organizations

The following types of partner organizations are eligible for membership:

  • Nonprofits that serve to strengthen the nonprofit and/or philanthropic sector(s). Direct service nonprofits do not qualify.
  • Academic institutions that provide research and service(s) to strengthen the nonprofit and/or philanthropic sector(s)
  • Consulting Companies offering services to foundations, donors and/or the philanthropic sector
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Individual Membership: Philanthropic Consultants, Philanthropic/Donor Advisors, and Donors

Philanthropic Consultants who are engaged on a paid basis for programmatic, management, governance, or strategy consulting to organizations and/or individuals that meet the eligibility criteria for NCG’s membership and have been established for two years. Able to provide at least 3 references from such eligible grantmakers for paid engagements within past two years.

Philanthropic/Donor Advisors who are engaged on a paid basis for programmatic, management, governance, or strategy consulting to organizations and/or individuals that meet the eligibility criteria for NCG’s membership and have been established for two years. Able to provide at least 3 references from such eligible clients for paid engagements within past two years.

Individual Donors who give at least $25,000 annually to multiple, unrelated organizations within its funding priorities and do not restrict its giving to subsidiary chapters or a single institution.

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