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While we have known for years that foundations use consultants to support various aspects of their work, until now we’ve never had a quantitative picture of how many, how often, for what purposes, and to what benefits. This session will provide an overview of the results from the first ever national survey of the scope and use of philanthropy consultants. These results, recently published by the Foundation Center in The Foundation Review, aggregate the responses of more than 1,000 U.S. foundations. Join us to learn how using philanthropy consultants can be beneficial to your work, while also hearing about how to navigate the challenges that can arise when working with consultants.
- How widespread is the use of consultants among foundations, particularly for community foundations and larger foundations (by total giving)? How are New York foundations using consultants?
- What is the best ways foundation staff can utilize consultants - leveraging their external expertise, allowing staff to stay focused on what they do best, bringing fresh or neutral perspectives to the work?
- What are the potential challenges created by bringing in consultants?
Brenda Henry-Sanchez, Director of Research for Special Projects, The Foundation Center
Aida Rodriguez, Professor of Professional Practice, Milano School of Management and Urban Policy at The New School; Former Deputy Director, The Rockefeller Foundation Equal Opportunity Division
Paul Sturm (Moderator), Executive Director, National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers
All interested funders and consultants to philanthropy.
2:45 - 3:00 PM Check-in
3:00 - 4:30 PM Program
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