What We Offer


When NCG members come together, we engage both hearts and minds to rethink what’s possible. Our work at NCG affords us the extraordinary opportunity to have a lasting and meaningful impact in our region.

NCG’s membership is made up of grantmaking organizations, government agencies, philanthropic partner organizations and individual consultants, donor advisors and donors. We have nearly 200 organizations in our membership, representing $3 billion of funding in Northern California.

Our membership brings deep expertise across a wide range of issues including health, education, arts, immigration, workforce, environment and much much more. 

Member Statistics

  • Community foundations: 13
  • Corporate foundations/giving programs: 24
  • Family foundations: 48
  • Funder networks: 2
  • Government agencies: 14
  • Independent foundations: 30
  • Individuals: 16
  • Nonprofits: 5
  • Operating foundations: 2
  • Philanthropy advisory service: 6
  • Public charity/grantmaking foundation: 13


Benefits are the same for all members. Grantmaking Organization membership can include all staff and trustees. In other words, all individuals listed under an organization’s membership will receive full benefits. 

Join NCG and take advantage of these great opportunities:

  • NCG programs and events. We host over 70 events and programs throughout the year, ranging from skill-building and professional development trainings to issue-focused session for grantmakers. With the exception the Annual Conference, Corporate Philanthropy Institute and New Grantmakers Institute, NCG generally provides these services as part of your NCG membership.
  • Access to resources and program materials. This includes special access the Foundation Maps: California, a robust interactive map showing more than 80,000 grants by over a hundred California foundations.
  • Connect with peers using our Members-Only Directory.
  • Member-initiated briefings. If you have a program idea, we would love to hear it! Simply fill out the online form and we will follow up with you to discuss. We’ll work with you (and possibly other interested members) to design the program and get the right people in the room. NCG will lead in coordinating hospitality and logistics, staff the event, and follow up with all participants with an evaluation and program resources.
  • Share your news and events. We want to hear from you! We’ll include your news in our bi-weekly Together for Good magazine and share your events in our Weekly Program Preview.
  • Complimentary Job Postings. If your organization has openings, we’re happy to post it on our jobs board.
  • Access to NCG’s conference rooms. If you need a conference or meeting room in downtown San Francisco for your next event, please consider NCG’s space. Our space is open to members based on availability.  If you would like to reserve a room, please email jchinn@ncg.org
  • Online Resources. Our Resource Library is a one-stop-shop for the latest grantmaking information and materials. Our library includes resources for all programs and events in case you miss them and has key reports, toolkits and briefs from the field.
  • United Philanthropy Forum Knowledgebase: With your membership, you also have FREE access this shared archive of hundreds of resources for grantmakers including reports, sample materials and more.
  • Above all, the greatest benefit of NCG membership is that you become a part of the largest philanthropic community in Northern California. We provide opportunities for you to build real long-lasting relationships among your peers and help nurture your career path in the philanthropic sector.

Going Deeper

Going beyond your membership, we also develop peer networks, working groups and collaboratives. These all take on different shapes and sizes, ranging from simply providing fiscal sponsorship to ongoing management of a sustained collaborative project.

The work is more specialized and targets a narrower segment of our membership. It also takes on more dedicated resources, support and funding from our members and partners. 

NCG staff work closely with members at a negotiated rate to deliver customized services that meet the unique objectives of our members. Agreements of this sort enable NCG to absorb the costs associated with these more intensive and sustained levels of support.

Current Fiscal Sponsors include:

Current Peer Networks include:

Current Working Groups and Collaboratives include: