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Heartwired: Human Behavior, Strategic Opinion Research and the Audacious Pursuit of Social Change

Publication date: 
04/2017
Advancing positive and lasting social change in a world that grows more complex each day is hard. Understanding how we break through to our most critical audiences — and developing messages that respectfully and authentically connect with their lived experiences — has become essential to inspiring people to come together to create this change.
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Resources from A Case of Uncertainty: The 2017 California State Budget

Publication date: 
03/2017
This year’s the Governor’s proposed budget presents a significantly different tone than those of the last few years. It reflects lower revenues, a $1.6 billion projected shortfall, an expected economic downturn and deep uncertainty about what the federal government will do regarding the Affordable Care Act(ACA) and other federal programs. In fact, the proposal is based on current federal policy and doesn’t account for possible cuts to the estimated $20 billion or more that California relies on for health insurance subsidies and expanded Medi-Cal coverage.
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First Look: Restrained Budget Proposal Reflects Uncertainty About Federal Commitments and Economic Conditions

Publication date: 
02/2017
On January 10, Governor Jerry Brown released a proposed 2017-18 budget that reflects both deep uncertainty about looming federal actions and a tempered economic and fiscal outlook for the state. The Governor forecasts revenues that are $5.8 billion lower — over a three-year period — than previously projected and proposes taking steps to address a $1.6 billion projected shortfall for 2017-18. (This gap would be even larger but for the Administration’s assumption that some state General Fund costs will decrease in 2017-18. For example, the Governor proposes to change how the state and counties...
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Nonprofit Displacement: Solutions for Permanent and Affordable Spaces

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02/2017
Displacement threats to arts and cultural organizations are an increasingly urgent problem in cities and communities across the country. Fellow funders, city governments and nonprofits are searching for solutions to help protect our most valued arts and cultural assets. Today, the Kenneth Rainin Foundation has launched a new online resource to showcase an innovative solution that can help secure permanent, affordable spaces for arts nonprofits.
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Resources from Moving Black-Led Organizations from Crisis to Change: Solutions for Sustainability

Publication date: 
11/2016
A report issued last year by the Bay Area Black United Fund - Black-Led Organizations (BLOs) in the Bay Area: From Crisis to Change - noted that BLO’s which are lifelines to low-income Black communities are especially vulnerable due to a cumulative lack of resources to support growth, best-in-class systems, training and leadership development. Connections to mentors, coaches, experienced consultants, and other resources to assist with succession planning, board recruitment and the implementation of earned income strategies have been identified as keys to improving the sustainability of Black-...
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The Giving Code: Silicon Valley Nonprofits and Philanthropy

Publication date: 
10/2016
Why are Silicon Valley community-based organizations struggling to meet demand in one of the wealthiest and most sophisticated regions in the world? Why aren’t more Silicon Valley philanthropists directing their dollars toward local organizations and issues—in addition to national or global causes—and why hasn’t more entrepreneurial ingenuity been harnessed to solve local problems? What is the cause of these disconnects, and how might we help bring these two groups together in service of shared community?
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Resources from The Dramatic Discovery of Solano County: How One Bay Area County Fell Off the Funder Map and What We Can Do About It!

Publication date: 
09/2016
Rewind Back to 2006 . A report from the Irvine Foundation on Foundation Giving in California found that Solano County received substantially fewer foundation dollars compared to eight other Bay Area counties. Fast Forward to 2016 . Ten years later and according to a recent study , Solano County continues to receive the least amount of dollars per capita despite having the highest percentage of families living in poverty. The study points out that between 2006 and 2012, almost half of the grant dollars invested in the Bay Area went to San Francisco‐based...
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Resources from BAHFG February 2016 Meeting

Publication date: 
02/2016
On February 29, 2016, Dr. Tomas Aragon, presented The Roots of Health Inequities: A Population Health Life Course Approach to the Bay Area Health Funders Group. During the meeting, the network also elected Jim Hickman, CEO of Better Health East Bay as the new Co-Chair of the network and engaged in lively discussion to design its 2016 strategy. The following are the resources from this meeting:

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