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10 Ways to Engage in 2016

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Want to know how to make the most of your NCG membership?  Here are 10 ways to engage in 2016!   


1. Attend a program

We offer about 50 programs annually for NCG members. Visit our Programs and Events page to see the list of upcoming programs. Or, check out NCG’s Weekly Program Preview, emailed to all members every week.

2. Pitch a program

NCG members are in the unique position to work with our staff to develop and present a program to the NCG membership. Some of our most successful programs in the past were initiated by an NCG member. Contact NCG to pitch your program ideas.

3. Share your news

NCG is always on the lookout for news about our members. Whether it's a press release, an article featuring your organization or staff, or a guest blog post--we want to hear about it. Contact NCG and share your news with us. We'll make sure the rest of the NCG membership hears about what you're doing.

4. Attend the Annual Conference

Every spring, we host our Annual Conference, the largest NCG gathering of the year. We work hard on preparing a content-rich day filled with dynamic speakers, inspiration and fun surprises. 

5. Join a peer network

NCG has several peer networks within our membership that host informal brown-bag lunches and official NCG programs. Along with long-standing networks like the Family Philanthropy Exchange (FPE) and the Corporate Contributions Roundtable (CCR), NCG also convenes a book club and a Communications Salon for peer-to-peer conversation amongst communications professionals.

6. Attend the New Grantmakers Institute or send a colleague

Are you new to philanthropy? Do you have new staff that needs an orientation on the field? If so, attend NCG's annual New Grantmakers Institute. This year’s 2-day training will be held in the fall. More details to come on our website.

7. Utilize the NCG Member Directory

All NCG members have a profile in our Member Directory. (If you don't, contact NCG so we can add you to our database). Members are encouraged to personalize their profile--add a photo, identify your professional interests and the issues you care about. Afterward, surf the directory to find your peers or find out who else share your interests.

8. Learn more about Collaborative Philanthropy at NCG

NCG has a long history of bringing people together. Collaborative Philanthropy is about convening members, community leaders, and other key stakeholders around a set of common ideas and goals that help address complex social problems and advance our respective work through collective action.  NCG is committed to supporting collaborative initiatives through long-term investments that create comprehensive solutions. Our current collaborative initiatives include  the Arts Loan Fund, the Bay Area Health Funders Group, Legal Service Funders Network,  the Environmental Education Funders Group and Queer Leaders in Philanthropy (QLP).

9. Attend the Corporate Philanthropy Institute

The Corporate Philanthropy Institute (CPI) is NCG's signature corporate event of the year. This day-long conference offers corporate grantmakers the opportunity to learn about the latest trends in the field and connect with peers.  This year’s CPI will be held in late November.  More details to come on our website.

10. Join an NCG Volunteer Committee

As a membership organization, NCG relies on member volunteers to help staff vet and develop both programming and new initiatives.  Committees include: Membership, Program, Corporate Contributions Roundtable and Family Philanthropy Exchange. Contact the NCG Member Engagement team at to learn more.