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Join us Tuesday, April 23, 2019!

NCG’s Annual Conference is the region’s premier convening for philanthropy, bringing together more than 400 of your peers from family and private foundations, corporate giving, and government funders. It might be the most fun you’ll have in a hotel meeting room all year. Join us to build your network, get inspired, tweak your practice, and connect your work to critical, timely issues. 

Our exciting line up of speakers will debate, inform, train, and engage with members throughout the day. We will get real about the role of philanthropy in achieving race and gender equity in our region, state, and nation. 

The conference theme is Values. Vision. Voice.

What are our values as we navigate this moment in our region, state, and country? 
What is our collective vision to advance social good?
How do we give voice to the truth and stand for the rights that uphold us?

When: 
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 -
8:00am to 5:30pm PDT
Where: 
San Mateo Marriott
1770 S Amphlett Blvd | San Mateo, CA 94402
Non-Member: 
$550.00
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Who Should Attend

Current members of Northern California Grantmakers, Southern California Grantmakers, San Diego Grantmakers, and others eligible for membership. Space is limited.

Registration

Please register by clicking the "REGISTER NOW" button on the right.

NCG Members: You must log in to your NCG account to register.
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Eligible NonmembersCreate an account to register.
Members of San Diego Grantmakers and Southern California Grantmakers can register at the NCG member rate. Contact registrar@ncg.org for more information. 
 

Rates

Members: $450 | Nonmembers: $550

Cancellation Policy

Out of consideration for staff planning and anyone who might be on the program waiting list, we ask that registrants notify the NCG Registrar at least five days before the conference.

  • Cancellation requests received by April 17th are eligible for a 100% refund of registration fee.
  • Cancellation requests received after April 17th are eligible for a credit toward other NCG 2019 programs.
  • No refund or credit for no-shows.
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8:00 - 9:00 am

Breakfast + Registration

Details

Location: Convene Lobby and Convene Ballroom, 2nd Floor

9:00 - 10:30 am

Welcome +  Opening Performance + The Great Debate

Details

Location: Convene Ballroom

Opening Performer

Speaker:  LaTosha Brown, Co-Founder | Black Voters Matter Fund

The Great Debate

NCG’s Great Debate is returning to the main stage at this year’s Annual Conference. Two dynamic teams will vigorously argue for and against the thesis: Philanthropy has a leadership role to play in social change movements. You, our audience, will decide which team prevails.
 
*Please note: these positions do not necessarily represent the views of our debaters or their foundations and organizations. No funders were harmed in the making of this production.

YES Team: Peter Long, Blue Shield of California Foundation and Fatima Angeles, California Wellness Foundation

NO Team: Cedric Brown, Kapor Center and Carly Hare, Change Philanthropy 

Moderator: Lily Jamali, Co-Host and Correspondent | The California Report | KQED

10:30 - 11:00 am
Break

11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Morning Breakout Sessions

Details

Location: Breakout Rooms, 2nd Floor

Get primed for action as we spotlight the role of philanthropy in these topical sessions.  We’ll tackle problems and talk about solutions including where we might come together joined in common purpose. We’ll consider a bold, VALUES-driven platform to transform the way we work and the work we do to make California a better place. We’ll take a closer look at how we can leverage storytelling and the media to amplify our individual and collective VOICES. We’ll apply an equity lens to advance our work and the VISION we have for our world.

Sessions + Speakers:

1. “Nothing About Us Without Us”: People with Disabilities, Equity, and Inclusion in Philanthropy

Location: Synergy 4, 2nd Floor

1 in 4 U.S. adults--61 million Americans--have a disability that impacts major life activities; therefore, people with disabilities are the largest “minority” population yet are often left out of diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. The experience of disability occurs within all communities whether based on gender, gender expression, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, family status, religious affiliation, class and/or veteran status. As DEI efforts are undertaken, how we can ensure disability is included? How can we be intentional about the ways in which our current portfolios address disability issues? Why does incorporating a “disability lens” matter in philanthropy?  

  • Noorain Khan, Director, President's Office | Ford Foundation

  • Rachel Humphrey, Senior Program Director | Justice Funders

  • Ryan Easterly, Executive Director | WITH Foundation

  • Sheraden Nicholau, Regional Manager | California State Council on Developmental Disabilities

  • Lisa Galloway, Grants Program Associate | Ability Central (Moderator)

 

2. Where Voice and Values Meet:  Philanthropy and Proposition 13

Location: Synergy 2, 2nd Floor

There are times when the change we seek requires we set aside individual interests for the common good. For philanthropy, this often requires us to grapple with philanthropy’s position within systems of wealth and power.  What would it look like for philanthropy to lean into its aspirations for boldness?  To use its voice in service of systems change that might decrease its own wealth?

In this session, we’ll explore these questions through a real-time example. Community advocates across the state are challenging California’s property tax structure through the Schools and Communities First campaign with a proposal to change how commercial and industrial property is taxed.  Hear from both advocates and philanthropic leaders as they examine what it means for philanthropy to be courageous and to take on a controversial issue that has the potential to bring over $11 billion to local communities and schools.  

  • Nicole Boucher, Co-Executive Director | California Donor Table

  • Gina Dalma, Vice President of Government Relations and Special Advisor to the CEO | Silicon Valley Community Foundation

  • Amy Fitzgerald, Senior Program Officer | East Bay Community Foundation

  • Rev. Ben McBride, Co-Director | PICO California

 

3. Better California: A Path for Realizing the California Dream for All

Location: Inspire 2, 2nd Floor

What would California look like if our families, communities, markets, public and private institutions, and political frameworks worked in concert to advance the common good, and our leaders consistently and conscientiously sought to move towards justice, fairness, and inclusiveness in our institutions and systems by embracing every person as their full self? And what role can philanthropy play in achieving that vision? Join us as we consider these questions and explore a vision for a reimagined California, the role philanthropy can play in partnership with government, nonprofits, and the business community to achieve that vision, and what you can do within your own organization to support a Better California.

  • Steve Barton, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives | Northern California Grantmakers

  • Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder in Residence | PolicyLink

  • Ellen LaPointe, President and CEO | Northern California Grantmakers

 

4. Intersectionality: Race and Gender in Philanthropy

Location: Inspire 1, 2nd Floor

With disparate funding supporting women and girls, people of color, and transgender communities by philanthropy, what does philanthropy need to do to ensure communities disproportionately impacted by inequities have a greater portion of the resource to create solutions?  How can intersectionality advance common agendas for change?

Join our panel of leaders to discuss intersectional equity practices and learn about the key issues, needs, and opportunities for people of all races and gender identities.  Panelists will share what they are doing and grappling with to advance intersectional practices on race and gender. Be a part of the conversation on the values and voices that guide intersectional practices. Learn about the benefits, challenges, tensions and resources needed for effective outcomes.

  • Alexander Lee, Project Director | Funders for LGBTQ Issues

  • Maya Thornell-Sandifor | Borealis Philanthropy

  • Surina Khan, CEO | Women’s Foundation of California

  • Lucia Corral Peña, Senior Program Officer | Blue Shield of California Foundation (Moderator)

 

5. Unleash the Power of Imagination! Building Narrative Power, Stretching Beyond Equity

Location: Inspire 3, 2nd Floor

Storytelling has always been a powerful tool to name problems, unite constituencies, and mobilize people towards solutions. While this moment has brought the power of destructive narratives into sharp relief, it also brings with it immense possibility.

We know our movements for change are already harnessing the power of story, though the opportunity in this moment is to move beyond just changing the story. We need to do this by building narrative power, stretching beyond traditional stories of equality, equity, and power -- and unleashing a shared narrative that foreshadows a world where justice and liberation are the inevitable future.

Bernice Julie Shaw and Shana McDavis-Conway, are the Co-Directors at the Center for Story-based Strategy, and will be presenting this workshop. The Center for Story-based Strategy has been at the forefront of building narrative power with social-change movements for over 16 years. This session will offer participants hands-on tools and a practical framework for story-based strategy, and how to harness the power of story and imagination in philanthropy.

  • Shana McDavis-Conway, Co-Director | Center for Story-based Strategy

  • Bernice Julie Shaw, Co-Director | Center for Story-based Strategy

6. The Crisis of Local News and the Roles of Philanthropy

Location: Synergy 5, 2nd Floor

Democracy starts locally and doesn’t work without an informed and engaged citizenry. The work of informing and engaging locally has been done primarily by local news institutions, but local news has been in serious decline for the past two decades.  Since 2002, local newspapers have cut an estimated 64% of their workforce. Research indicates that when local newspapers close, local waste and corruption goes up, and so does political polarization. Very recently there have been several major philanthropic national initiatives to support local news in the headlines, and some more local efforts have been underway for years.  How can philanthropy support local news? What are emerging best practices in supporting local news?

  • Krista Almanzan, News Director | KAZU Public Radio, Monterey

  • Richard Gingras, Vice President of News | Google

  • Matt Thompson, Editor-in-Chief | Center for Investigative Reporting

  • John Thornton, Founder | Texas Tribune; Co-Founder | American Journalism Project

  • Vinnee Tong, Managing Editor | KQED News

12:30 - 1:30 pm
Lunch
Details

Location: Convene Ballroom, 2nd Floor

 

1:45 - 2:15 pm

Afternoon Breakout Sessions: Between Two Ferns (Round 1)

Details

Location: Breakout Rooms, 2nd Floor

Inspired by the web series, Between Two Ferns, late night talk shows, and Oprah, NCG is pleased to announce a fast-paced set of breakout sessions marked by candor, authenticity, and good humor. Each session will feature two leaders sharing their big ideas, rooted in the deep expertise that comes of lived experience. We’ve paired leaders, activists, big-thinkers, and the best kind of troublemakers for conversations grounded in shared values, bold visions, and inspiring voices. Be prepared to laugh, be challenged, and find inspiration.

Sessions + Speakers:  

1. Narrative Change, Culture, and Race: A Conversation with Jeff Chang and Favianna Rodriguez

Location: Inspire 1, 2nd Floor

  • Jeff Chang, Vice President of Narrative, Arts, and Culture | Race Forward
  • Favianna Rodriguez, Executive Director and Cultural Strategist | CultureStrike

2. Political Power, Racial Equity, and the South: A Conversation with Richard Tate and LaTosha Brown

Location: Synergy 2, 2nd Floor

  • Richard Tate, Vice President of Public Affairs | The California Wellness Foundation
  • LaTosha Brown, Co-Founder | Black Voters Matter Fund

3. Let's Talk about Race: A Conversation with Fred Blackwell and Gail Fuller

Location: Inspire 3, 2nd Floor

  • Fred Blackwell, CEO | The San Francisco Foundation
  • Gail Fuller, Vice President of Marketing and Communications

4. Philanthropy's Role in Addressing Silicon Valley's Wealth Gap: Nicole Taylor and Catherine Crystal Foster

Location: Synergy 4, 2nd Floor

  • Nicole Taylor, President and CEO | The Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • Catherine Crystal Foster, CEO | Magnify Community

5. Extreme Climate and Disaster Resilience: A Conversation with Harvey Fineberg and Alexandria McBride

Location: Synergy 5, 2nd Floor

  • Harvey Fineberg, President | Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
  • Alexandra McBride, Chief Resilience Officer | City of Oakland

6. Reinventing Stockton: A Conversation with Michael Tubbs and Lily Jamal

Location: Inspire 2, 2nd Floor

  • Mayor Michael Tubbs | City of Stockton
  • Lily Jamali, Co-Host and Correspondent | The California Report, KQED

2:30 - 3:00 pm

Afternoon Breakout Sessions: Between Two Ferns (Round 2)

Details

Location: Breakout Rooms, 2nd Floor

Inspired by the web series, Between Two Ferns, late night talk shows, and Oprah, NCG is pleased to announce a fast-paced set of breakout sessions marked by candor, authenticity, and good humor. Each session will feature two leaders sharing their big ideas, rooted in the deep expertise that comes of lived experience. We’ve paired leaders, activists, big-thinkers, and the best kind of troublemakers for conversations grounded in shared values, bold visions, and inspiring voices. Be prepared to laugh, be challenged, and find inspiration.

Sessions + Speakers: 

1. Centering Community | Connected Grantmaking in Native American Philanthropy: A Conversation with Lindsie Bear and Carly Hare

Location: Synergy 2, 2nd Floor

  • Lindsie Bear, Director, Native Cultures Fund | Humboldt Area Foundation
  • Carly Hare, National Director/Coalition Catalyst | CHANGE Philanthropy

2. Black Leadership: A Conversation with Lateefah Simon and Michael Tubbs

Location: Inspire 2, 2nd Floor

  • Lateefah Simon, President | Akonadi Foundation
  • Mayor Michael Tubbs | City of Stockton

3. Arabs and Muslims Driving Change in Culture and Media: A Conversation with Maytha Al Hassen and Dena Takruri

Location: Synergy 4, 2nd Floor

  • Maytha Al Hassen, Historian, Journalist, Social Justice Artist, and Mending Practitioner
  • Dena Takruri, Correspondent and Producer | AJ+

4. What's Philanthropy's Role in Narrative Change?: A Conversation with Jackie Mahendra and Favianna Rodriguez

Location: Inspire 3, 2nd Floor

  • Jacquelyn Mahendra, Senior Advisor | Luminate
  • Favianna Rodriguez, Executive Director and Cultural Strategist | CultureStrike

5. The Future of Work: A Conversation with Natalie Foster and Padmini Parthasarathy

Location: Synergy 5, 2nd Floor

  • Natalie Foster, Co-Chair | Economic Security Project
  • Padmini Parthasarathy, Senior Program Officer | Walter & Elise Haas Fund

6. Keeping the Bay Area Arts Thriving: A Conversation with Vanessa Camarena-Arredondo and Jeff Chang

Location: Inspire 1, 2nd Floor

  • Vanessa Camarena-Arredondo, Program Officer | Akonadi Foundation
  • Jeff Chang, Vice President of Narrative, Arts, and Culture | Race Forward

3:15 - 4:15 pm

Membership Meeting + Closing Performance

Details

Location: Convene Ballroom, 2nd Floor

Membership Meeting

During the Annual Membership Meeting, five candidates will be presented as nominees for a vote to the NCG Board of Directors. Learn more about the nominees > 

Closing Performance

For her closing performance, Sarah will perform The Foundation, which examines some of the dynamics between benefactors and beneficiaries of philanthropic giving. The piece also explores the disparate, and at times contradictory, range of personal philosophies and experiences of the characters in a shifting political climate. During the performance, you will meet a range of personalities, from trustees to grantees, each of whom shares their own view of philanthropy and its impact on their lives. Seeking to balance substantive commentary with a sense of humor and lightness, Jones takes the audience on a journey that is at once familiar, illuminating and hopeful. 

Speaker:  Sarah Jones | Actress, Writer, and Producer

4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

Reception

Details

Location: Courtyard, Lobby Level

Senior Fellow | Pop Culture Collaborative

DR. MAYTHA ALHASSEN

News Director and Reporter | KAZU, NPR Monterey Bay Area

KRISTA ALMANZAN

Vice President of Programs | The California Wellness Foundation

FATIMA ANGELES

Vice President of Strategic Initiatives | Northern California Grantmakers

STEVE BARTON

Director, Native Cultures Fund | Humboldt Area Foundation

LINDSIE BEAR

Founder in Residence | PolicyLink

ANGELA GLOVER BLACKWELL

CEO | The San Francisco Foundation

FRED BLACKWELL

Co-Executive Director | California Donor Table

NICOLE BOUCHER

Chief Foundation Officer | Kapor Center

CEDRIC BROWN

Co-Founder and Chief Doer | Black Voters Matter Fund

LATOSHA BROWN

Program Officer | Akonadi Foundation

VANESSA CAMARENA-ARREDONDO

Vice President of Narrative, Arts and Culture | Race Forward

JEFF CHANG

Vice President of Government Relations and Special Advisor to the CEO | Silicon Valley Community Foundation

GINA DALMA

Executive Director | WITH Foundation

RYAN EASTERLY

President | Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

DR. HARVEY FINEBERG

Senior Program Officer | East Bay Community Foundation

AMY FITZGERALD

CEO | Magnify Community

CATHERINE CRYSTAL FOSTER

Co-Chair | Economic Security Project

NATALIE FOSTER

Vice President of Marketing and Communications | The San Francisco Foundation

GAIL FULLER

Grants Program Associate | Ability Central

LISA GALLOWAY

Vice President, News | Google

RICHARD GINGRAS

Coalition Catalyst/National Director | CHANGE Philanthropy

CARLY HARE

Senior Program Director | Justice Funders

RACHEL HUMPHREY

Co-Host and Correspondent | The California Report, KQED

LILY JAMALI

Performer, Writer, and Producer

SARAH JONES

Director, President's Office | Ford Foundation

NOORAIN KHAN

CEO | Women's Foundation of California

SURINA KHAN

President and CEO | Northern California Grantmakers

ELLEN LAPOINTE

Project Director | Grantmakers United for Trans Communities

ALEXANDER LEE

Senior Vice President of Health Care and Community Transformation | Blue Shield of California

PETER LONG

Senior Advisor | Luminate

JACQUELYN MAHENDRA

Assistant to the City Administrator/Chief Resilience Officer | City of Oakland, CA

ALEXANDRIA MCBRIDE

Co-Director | PICO California

REV. BEN MCBRIDE

Co-Director | Center for Story-based Strategy

SHANA MCDAVIS-CONWAY

Regional Manager | California State Council on Developmental Disabilities

SHERADEN NICHOLAU

Senior Program Officer | Walter & Elise Haas Fund

PADMINI PARTHASARATHY

Senior Program Officer | Blue Shield of California Foundation

LUCIA CORRAL PEÑA

Executive Director and Cultural Strategist | CultureStrike

FAVIANNA RODRIGUEZ

Co-Director | Center for Story-based Strategy

BERNICE JULIE SHAW

President | Akonadi Foundation

LATEEFAH SIMON

Correspondent and Producer | AJ+

DENA TAKRURI

Vice President of Public Affairs | The California Wellness Foundation

RICHARD TATE

President and CEO | Silicon Valley Community Foundation

NICOLE TAYLOR

Editor-in-Chief, Reveal | The Center for Investigative Reporting

MATT THOMPSON

Borealis Philanthropy

MAYA THORNELL-SANDIFOR

Founder | Texas Tribune; Co-Founder | American Journalism Project

JOHN THORNTON

Managing Editor | KQED News

VINNEE TONG

City of Stockton

MAYOR MICHAEL TUBBS

Monday, March 18, 2019

Check out our lineup for morning breakout speakers. 

Thursday, March 14, 2019

In accordance with Northern California Grantmakers’ bylaws, this message serves as formal written notice that the Annual Meeting of members will be held on April 23 at the San Mateo Marriott. This meeting will be a part of NCG’s 2019 Values. Vision. Voice. Conference. During the meeting, five candidates will be presented as nominees for a vote to the NCG Board of Directors. 

Thursday, March 7, 2019

NCG’s Great Debate is returning to the main stage at this year’s Annual Conference. Two dynamic teams will vigorously argue for and against the thesis: Philanthropy has a leadership role to play in social change movements

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Inspired by the web series, Between Two Ferns, late night talk shows, and Oprah, NCG is pleased to announce a fast-paced set of afternoon breakout sessions at our 2019 Annual Conference.  Marked by candor, authenticity, and good humor, each session will feature two leaders sharing their big ideas, rooted in the deep expertise that comes of lived experience. Learn more about our speakers below.

 

Accessibility | Hotel Reservations

Driving Directions | Parking | Transit, Shuttle & Lyft

San Mateo Marriott San Francisco Airport | 1770 South Amphlett Blvd San Mateo, California 94402

Accessibility

We welcome the opportunity to make this event more accessible! Please refrain from wearing scented products, so that people with chemical sensitivities can join us. The venue is wheelchair accessible. Please request ASL interpreting or open captioning by Friday, April 12th. You can submit other requests to Phuong Quach at pquach@ncg.org or by including it in your conference registration.

 

Hotel Reservations

Reserve a room at the conference hotel, the San Mateo Marriott San Francisco Airport, by clicking here to book on-line or by calling Marriott Reservations at 866-263-1461 and reference the Northern California Grantmakers room block. Be sure to book by April 1, 2019 to receive the group rate of $179 plus tax (Single or Double room).

 

Driving Directions

San Mateo Marriott San Francisco Airport | 1770 South Amphlett Blvd, San Mateo, CA 94402 | Phone: 650-653-6000

The hotel entrance is located on the south side (Concar Dr. side) of the hotel.

Note: There are many Marriott hotels in the region. Please be sure you source directions for the San Mateo Marriott San Francisco Airport.

 

 

Parking

Self-parking at the San Mateo Marriott is complimentary for Northern California Grantmakers attendees.  Please pull a parking ticket from the gate when you arrive at the hotel.  Bring your ticket to the conference registration desk for self-parking validation. 

Valet parking is also available at the hotel.  Should you opt for valet parking, the cost is $30 for overnight parking and $15-30 for day guests, depending on length of stay.   There is no validation available for valet parking.

 

Transit, Shuttle & Lyft

Transit: The closest public transit hub to the San Mateo Marriott is the Millbrae Station. Both BART and CalTrain service this station. There are three options to transfer from the Millbrae BART/CalTrain station to the hotel

Conference Shuttle: The morning conference shuttle bus departs from Millbrae Station East Plaza for the hotel from 8:00 am – 10:00 am. The afternoon conference shuttle departs from the hotel main entrance from 4:30 – 6:30 pm. To get on the bus, find the bus ambassador on the ground to meet you at The East Plaza. The conference shuttle is not wheelchair accessible. To arrange for wheelchair accessible transportation, please contact Phuong Quach at pquach@ncg.org.

Lyft: Use the conference code NCGAPRIL23 for a complimentary ride between the Millbrae station and the San Mateo Marriott (either direction). The code will be active from 7:30 am – 7:00 pm on April 23rd. Find step-by-step directions here. 

Hotel Shuttle: The hotel offers a free shuttle service to and from SFO Airport and Airport BART station (Departure Level, Center Island). The Hotel Shuttle departs from hotel main drive from 5:00 am - 10:00 pm at 15 min after the hour. Reservations are not required. The hotel shuttle is wheelchair accessible. For more information or hotel shuttle status, please see the hotel front desk.

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