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Northern California Grantmakers' community of advocates, dreamers, and believers are transforming philanthropy together.


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Feb 21

Sustaining the Legacy of Black Power-Building

Feb 22

Lean Funders: Building Organizational Resilience in Nonprofit Partners

Feb 23

California Criminal Justice Funders Group Member Meeting

Feb 26 - Jun 12

Using the Tax Code to Improve Economic Security — 3-Part Learning and Discussion Series for California Funders


2023 Annual (Not) Report

In 2023 the NCG organism grew. Our membership grew, we expanded our offerings and created new opportunities for collective transformation. Read our Annual (Not) Report to see what we are made of.

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Take a Look at our 2023 Annual (Not) Report

NCG’s community of advocates, dreamers, and believers are transforming philanthropy. To support this transformation, we choose to lean into impact, which comes from directly inspiring, mobilizing, and supporting philanthropy to shift practice. Together, our community is advancing collective impact that far exceeds what we can do alone. In 2023, the NCG organism grew. Our membership grew, we expanded our offerings, and created new opportunities for collective transformation. We have gathered stories and data to highlight what we’re made of and how we moved philanthropy to action.

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Where We've Been, Where We're Going

We started as the “Lunch Bunch” in the 1960s, a group of philanthropic leaders committed to growing together. We formalized ourselves in the 1980s as Northern California Grantmakers with the goal of supporting a base of philanthropic members. Currently, we have more than 220 institutional members and over 4,000 individual members. For the past forty years, we have been working to gather, mobilize, and transform philanthropy. 

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Tour NCG's New Website & Refreshed Brand

We have been working hard for the past year to create a website that reflects our current evolution. You'll find that we've updated our brand—and it's not just about changing logos or colors. We've taken a deeper look at how we communicate our values through our new design and our refreshed mission and vision statement.

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Mic Drop: Resourcing the Long Arc of Trans Liberation

Philanthropy has the privilege, honor, and responsibility of building on this legacy to fund trans liberation efforts. 

by Aldita Gallardo, Program Officer, Borealis Philanthropy

While the ubiquitous rainbow flags have been taken down, and the glittery, performative signs to index LGBTQ acceptance have been put away, the fight for trans and queer liberation continues. As a queer and trans person, our existence continues outside of corporate attempts to dilute the true spirit of Pride that is a necessary annual recognition of trans and queer rebellion against policing and the State.

Latest News

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Asking for a Friend...
Feb 22, 2024

Asking for a friend...Why does philanthropy change its focus and strategy so often?

Mic Drop
Feb 13, 2024

How Philanthropy Can Preserve Affordable Housing and Keep Residents in their Homes

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Jan 29, 2024

The Philanthropic Paradox: Putting Perpetuity over Humanity

Asking for a Friend... the Field

NCG's Asking for a Friend... (the field) is NCG's Advice Column for the field of philanthropy. Submit your question and we'll contact you or submit it anonymously. Read recent Advice from NCG's Board Chair, Janet Spears by clicking below.