Philanthropy California News
The voice of philanthropy policy advocacy in the Bay Area returns as Northern California Grantmakers brings powerhouse attorney Cecilia Chen aboard as the organization’s first Manager of Public Policy to marshal the network’s collective power.
On July 4th and July 5th, two major earthquakes struck in Kern County near Ridgecrest, California, approximately 150 miles northeast of Los Angeles.
Like all of you, we are appalled by the displays of racism-fueled violence perpetuated by the KKK, Neo-Nazis, and similar groups that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend. We want to reiterate to our members across California that in the face of such deeply disturbing intolerance, our organizations stand together in condemning hatred, embracing diversity, and working toward just, equitable communities.
In response to Trump Administration’s memorandum to remove undocumented immigrants from the 2020 Census apportionment count, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) and Philanthropy California issued the following statement.
At this moment, many nonprofits are facing greater fiscal uncertainty than ever before. Government funding is precarious, with budgets and priorities changing daily. However, nonprofits that have focused on capacity are faring better than most.
No matter our color, background, zip code or political views, our democracy should work for everyone. Democracy in the United States is premised on the notion that every voter should have the freedom to cast their vote. Through the act of voting we make our voices heard elect representatives who govern in our name and enact our priorities.
Philanthropy California joins our partners in philanthropy, advocates, and immigrant communities in standing against today’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). Our nation is built on the ideals of freedom, fairness, and prosperity, and we are stronger when everyone has the opportunity to thrive. DACA was a first step in fulfilling our nation’s promise to thousands of young immigrants – giving them the opportunity to learn, work, and, more importantly, contribute to the nation that they call home.
Last month NCG weighed in on its first public policy issue – opposing changes to San Francisco’s campaign finance and conflict of interest laws. True, it’s not the sexiest of issues but it was one with huge implications for philanthropy and our partners in government and the nonprofit sector.
California has long been home to a special kind of American Dream. People from all walks of life come to our state to find opportunity and prosperity. Since we were granted statehood in 1850 after the Mexican-American War, when the population was just less than 100,000, we have grown to the most populous state in the nation, with nearly 39 million residents.