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NCG’s 2019 Annual Conference | Values. Vision. Voice.

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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 tracks are “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 SCG, NCG and SDG members 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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Members of San Diego Grantmakers and Southern California Grantmakers can register at the NCG member rate. Contact registrar@ncg.org for more information. 
 

Rates

Early Bird Registration (before March 15, 2019)
Members: $400 | Nonmember: $500
 
Regular Registration (after March 15, 2019)
Members: $450 | Nonmembers: $550
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8:00 - 9:00 am
Breakfast and Registration
Details

Location: To be announced

9:00 - 10:30 am
Welcome and The Great Debate
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Location: Main Ballroom

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.

10:30 - 11:00 am
Break

11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Morning Breakout Sessions
Details

Location: Breakout Rooms

 

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:

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

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 | CA Communications Access Foundation (Moderator)

 

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

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

 

Intersectionality: Race and Gender in Philanthropy

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)

12:30 - 1:30 pm
Lunch
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Location: Main Ballroom

 

1:45 - 2:15 pm
Afternoon Breakout Sessions: Between Two Ferns (Round 1)
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Location: Breakout Rooms

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.

Speakers:  (More to come)

   

  1. Narrative Change, Culture, and Race: A Conversation with Jeff Chang and Faviana Rodriguez
    • Jeff Chang, Vice President of Narrative, Arts, and Culture | Race Forward
    • Faviana Rodriguez, Executive Director and Cultural Strategist | CultureStrike
  2. Political Power, Racial Equity, and the South: A Conversation with Richard Tate and LaTosha Brown
    • 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
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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.

Speakers: (More to come)

  1. Centering Community | Connected Grantmaking in Native American Philanthropy: A Conversation with Lindsie Bear and Carly Hare
  2. Black Leadership: A Conversation with Lateefah Simon and Michael Tubbs
  • Lateefah Simon, President | Akonadi Foundation
  • Mayor Michael Tubbs | City of Stockton
  1. Arabs and Muslims Driving Change in Culture and Media: A Conversation with Maytha Al Hassen and Dena Takruri
  2. Investing in the Vibrant Art Culture of the Bay: A Conversation with Faviana Rodriguez and Roberto Bedoya
  • Roberto Bedoya, Cultural Affairs Manager | City of Oakland
  • Faviana Rodriguez, Executive Director and Cultural Strategist | CultureStrike
  1. The Future of Work: A Conversation with Natalie Foster and Padmini Parthasarathy
  • Natalie Foster, Co-Chair | Economic Security Project
  • Padmini Parthasarathy, Senior Program Officer | Walter & Elise Haas Fund

3:15 - 4:15 pm
Membership Meeting + Closing Performance
Details

Location: Main Ballroom

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. 

Speakers:  Sarah Jones | Actress, Writer, and Producer

Called "a master of the genre" by The New York Times, Sarah Jones is a Tony® and Obie Award-winning performer and writer known for the multi-character, one-person Broadway hit Bridge & Tunnel, originally produced by Oscar® winner Meryl Streep, and her current, critically-acclaimed show Sell/Buy/Date. Sarah was educated at Bryn Mawr College and the United Nations International School, honing her sense of empathy for people from all backgrounds and the diverse voices that characterize her work.

4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Reception
Details

Location: To be announced

Vice President of Programs | The California Wellness Foundation

FATIMA ANGELES

Vice President of Strategic Initiatives | Northern California Grantmakers

STEVE BARTON

Cultural Affairs Manager | City of Oakland

ROBERTO BEDOYA

Founder in Residence | PolicyLink

ANGELA GLOVER BLACKWELL

CEO | The San Francisco Foundation

FRED BLACKWELL

Chief of Community Engagement | Kapor Center

CEDRIC BROWN

Co-Founder | Black Voters Matter Fund

LATOSHA BROWN

Vice President of Narrative, Arts and Culture | Race Forward

JEFF CHANG

Executive Director | WITH Foundation

RYAN EASTERLY

President | Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

DR. HARVEY FINEBERG

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 | Disability Communications Fund

LISA GALLOWAY

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

President and CEO | Blue Shield of California Foundation

PETER LONG

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

ALEXANDRIA 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

Vice President of Public Affairs | The California Wellness Foundation

RICHARD TATE

President and CEO | Silicon Valley Community Foundation

NICOLE TAYLOR

Borealis Philanthropy

MAYA THORNELL-SANDIFOR

City of Stockton

MAYOR MICHAEL TUBBS

 

Accessibility | Hotel ReservationsDriving Directions | Parking | Transit, Shuttle & Lyft

 

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.  he afternoon conference shuttle departs from the hotel main entrance from 4:30 – 6:30 pm.  he hotel shuttle is wheelchair accessible. 

Lyft: Use our conference code for a complimentary ride between the Millbrae station and the San Mateo Marriott (either direction). The code will be active from 8:00 am – 6:30 pm on April 23rd.  The conference code will be sent via email to registered attendees.

Hotel Shuttle: The hotel offers a free shuttle service to and from SFO Airport and Millbrae BART/CalTrain station. 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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