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


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Jul 25

Grant Writing Regional Training for Sacramento, CA

Jul 31 - Aug 1

Leveraging ABFE's Three Core Tools for Racially Equitable Grantmaking | 2024 Foundation of Racial Equity: Session 5

Aug 1

Resourcing Youth-led Climate Justice Movements

Aug 14 - 21

Awake to Woke to Work: A Framework for Racial Equity in Your Organization | 2024 Foundation of Racial Equity: Session 6



If you're new to philanthropy, the New Grantmakers Institute (NGI) helps build your understanding of best practices for ethical and effective grantmaking. NGI is NCG’s longest-running Institute, and the field regionally depends on it as a holistic and critical part of any new philanthropic practitioner's orientation to the field. Are you interested in joining the 2024 cohort? Space is limited - sign up to be the first to know when we launch registration. 

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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Latest News

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CEO Corner
Jul 8, 2024

Together is a Gift: Reflections on the 2024 Annual Conference

Asking for a Friend...
Jun 20, 2024

Asking for a friend....why are so many foundations unwilling to give more than the minimum payout?

Asking for a Friend...
Jun 6, 2024

Asking For A Friend...What's the role of philanthropy in supporting power-building efforts?

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.