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NCG 2015 Annual Conference

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 -
7:30am to 5:00pm PDT
Hotel Nikko
222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA
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Program Description

Northern California’s communities—urban, suburban, and rural—are undergoing dramatic and fast-paced change as a result of several converging forces. As the economic boom, affordable housing crisis, immigration policy and demographic shifts continue to reshape our region, the philanthropic sector is positioned to develop strategic, coordinated approaches to address the myriad challenges that are emerging, and to cultivate healthier, thriving communities. There is much work to be done!

At the 2014 NCG Annual Conference we began a conversation about the impact of growing economic inequality on Bay Area communities.  This year, we will build on that theme to move from discussion of issues and challenges to developing real-world solutions.

Join us on May 27th at the NCG 2015 Annual Conference From Ideas to Action:  Philanthropy and the Future of Our Region as we convene to explore the following questions:

  • What are the risks and opportunities associated with the current economic boom in our region?  Who is being left behind?
  • What impact does the changing demographic landscape have on education, health, the safety net, workforce development, and the arts?
  • How can Philanthropy catalyze and support strategic, multi-sector collaboration to strengthen our communities, enhance civic engagement, and achieve greater impact?

Learn more about our Morning Breakouts and afternoon PhilTalks.

Take a look at our full conference agenda.

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Confirmed Speakers

Morning Pleanary


The morning begins with a big picture presentation by Measure of America Co-Director Kristen Lewis who will use the Human Development Index—well-being metrics that looks at health, education, and income—to describe the state of our region.

Following Measure of America, we’ll hear from our two official Morning Plenary respondents PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell and University of Southern California Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity Dr. Manuel Pastor.

Lunch Plenary 

The Lunch Plenary featuring Richmond Mayor Tom Butt, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and East Palo Alto Mayor Lisa Yarbrough-Gauthier will be moderated by KQED's Scott Shafer. Learn More

Closing Speaker
The 2015 NCG Annual Conference will conclude with an interview of socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell.

Named an Ambassador of Racial Justice by the ACLU, his weekly half-hour FX comedy series, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, premiered in August 2012 and became a critically acclaimed nightly show in September of 2013 on FX’s new comedy network FXX. The NY Times called Kamau “the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years.” The show was nominated for a 2013 GLAAD Award for “Outstanding Talk Show Episode” for Kamau’s interview with Orange Is the New Black’s Laverne Cox, as well as “Best Talk Series” at the 2012 NAACP Image Awards. Learn more

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Featured Artist

With almost twenty years in existence, Youth Speaks is one of the world’s leading presenters of Spoken Word performance. That’s why we’re thrilled to include their artists as part of our conference.

NCG has commissioned 3 Youth Speaks poets to write original pieces inspired by our conference themes.

We’ve asked them to inspire.
We’ve asked them to celebrate the Bay Area.
And we’ve asked them to incite, rally and galvanize us.

We can hardly wait to see what they have in store for us!

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Early-Bird registration ends May 1st.

This conference is open to NCG members and non-member funders.

Members: First time on this website? Set your password. To register yourself and/or a colleague at your organization, please log in and click the Register Now link above. 

Non-members funders: First time on this website? You will need to create an account. Once your account is authenticated, you will be able to login and register for this program.

SDG or SCG member?  Please email to access the member rate for this conference. 

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NCG members: $225 [Early Bird]/ $275 [regular registration] (Members, enter for a chance to win a free registration to the 2015 Annual Conference.)

Non-member funders: $275 [Early Bird]/ $325 [regular registration]

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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 three business days prior to an event should they need to cancel their participation.

  • Cancellation requests received by May 21 are eligible for a 100% refund of registration fee.
  • Cancellation requests received after May 21 but prior to May 27 are eligible for a credit toward other NCG 2015 programs.
  • No refund or credit for no-shows.

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Media Partner

Great minds think alike.

When KQED kicked off its Boomtown series we knew we had to set up a conversation with the Bay Area's most well-known public media outlet.

We discovered that NCG and KQED have more in common than just an eye on the issues impacting our communities. We’re both interested in convening conversations about those issues—NCG with the philanthropic sector and KQED with community members. With this in mind, there is an amazing potential for a partnership between our two organizations.

We are thrilled to have KQED as our 2015 Annual Conference Media Partner. Not only are they bringing their deep knowledge of our communities, they’re ready to jump in and participate in our conference.

Here’s how:

Lunch Time Plenary
KQED’s Scott Schafer will moderate a conversation with community leaders on how the changes happening in the Bay Area are impacting individuals and communities.

Closing Plenary
KQED morning newscaster Joshua Johnson will interview socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell about race, politics here in the Bay Area for a fun and edgy ending to our annual conference.

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Conference Partner

Content is king.

NCG wants to provide members with rich content about the issues impacting our communities. That’s why we’re partnering with the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC)—a nonpartisan think tank based here in San Francisco.

PPIC is lending us some big brains—their researchers.

It turns out the morning breakouts NCG is planning for the annual conference mirror many of the issues highlighted in PPIC’s recent report California’s Future.

At the annual conference PPIC researchers will kick off each morning breakout session with a presentation by one of their researchers.

It goes without saying, but NCG is excited to have PPIC as our official Conference Partner.

We’ll be working in the next few weeks to finalize the morning breakout sessions with the help of the PPIC and many of our members.

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Conference Sponsors


Thank you to our 2015 Annual Conference sponsors!

Their generous support makes our work possible.

Interested in supporting the work of NCG and its staff to produce this year's annual conference? Contact NCG.

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Conference Quick Links

Meet Our Conference Partners: KQED & PPIC
Announcing Our Morning Breakouts
Bay Area Mayors Lunch Plenary
Announcing Our Conference PhilTalks
Meet Our Closing Speaker W. Kamau Bell
Meet Our Featured Artist: Youth Speaks
Top 10 Reasons to Attend
Pre-Conference Amuse Bouche: Measure of America's Latest Research

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