Full Cost: Webinars and Workshops

NFF and Philanthropy California will be offering remote learning series in 2021 to advance full cost practices for the nonprofit sector. 

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Registration is now closed for the December 7 and 9 learning series.

Workshop description: It’s not only who we fund, but how we fund that matters. This workshop creates a unique space for nonprofit and funder leaders to learn as peers, set a shared understanding of the full cost of running an effective organization, and identify ways to improve funding dynamics in their own organizations and for the broader field. Goals include:

  • Breaking down barriers between funders and nonprofits and creating partnership in funding agreements
  • Learning how to communicate the full cost of an organization and how to fund with a full cost mindset
  • Challenging assumptions about accountability, reasonable costs, power dynamics, and privilege to advance equity and results

Because this workshop series is designed for group discussion and participation, everyone must apply to attend. If selected, participants will join a curated group of six to eight nonprofit and funder leaders to work through tough questions and learn from one another’s perspectives and experiences.

Who should attend: California-based nonprofit leaders and funders

  • For nonprofits: leadership involved with seeking funding, managing finances, and/or setting organizational strategy, such as executive directors, CFOs, and development directors. Also open to program directors, grant writers, and board members.
  • For funders: staff whose work includes interfacing with grantees and recommending/making grants, such as program officers. Also open to leadership, trustees, and grant management staff.

Workshop trainers: NFF’s Claire Knowlton, Director, Isela Gracian, Associate Director, and Ashley Franks, Associate.

This workshop is made possible in partnership with Philanthropy California and with generous support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Rose Hills Foundation, and the Weingart Foundation.


Here's a look at some images from a Full Cost workshop in Los Angeles in 2017 presented by Trella Walker and Claire Knowlton.

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