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The Giving Journey: Guiding New Donors to Actualized Philanthropy

What motivates newly wealthy individuals and families to give? What barriers do they face in their giving? And how can we help these donors give more, more intentionally and effectively? In the new report, “ The Giving Journey: Guiding New Donors to Actualized Philanthropy ,” Open Impact examined these questions critical to understanding and amplifying individual giving.
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September Meeting Recap: Envisioning a Funder Network on Childhood Adversity

Background On August 29, 2017, a group of Bay Area funders came together to brainstorm a possible vision, scope, and set of content directions for a funder learning network on childhood adversity. A 1 range of funders were represented - including family foundations, corporate foundations, community foundations, and individual donors. Some have been funding in the childhood adversity space for decades, while others are at the early stages of their journey. What emerged was a rich discussion exploring the possible ways in which a funder learning network might strengthen our work, and accelerate...
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Early Identification and Intervention Systems in California

NCG member, Harder+Company Community Research has released this new report, Early Identification and Intervention Systems in California , identifying the problems in early childhood development and guiding families to effective interventions. Read the Report >
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Resources for 2019 Corporate Philanthropy Institute | Navigating the High Road

Thank you for joining us for the eventful 2019 Corporate Philanthropy Institute! We hope that the conference, along with these resources, will be of great use to you and your work. Below you will a photo album of the day, slides and handouts from our Closing Plenary, and additional resources from the Census 2020 issue education session. View Photo Album
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New Strategies for Civic Engagement in the Central Valley

The changing demographics and political attitudes of the Central Valley - a traditionally conservative region of California - demand new strategies for community and civic engagement. To understand the shift in the region and how it is becoming more purple, look no further than the recent mid-term elections. In the race for the 10th congressional district, covering Stanislaus and portions of San Joaquin County, the election was undecided for a week and, at its closest margin, only 1,300 votes separated incumbent Republican Jeff Denham and eventual winner Democrat Josh Harder. A huge...
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Resources for Building Greater Economic Mobility Through Social Enterprise

A Californian coalition ( The Economic Mobility Collaborative ) sets out this vision: “Every Californian should have a chance to work, to discover their potential, and to share that potential with others.” The Collaborative suggests that, among the most important things we need to do is to, “effectively promote evidence-driven approaches designed for accountability and inclusion and needed to restore trust and confidence in government’s ability to solve big problems.” Economic mobility is an especially remote dream for Californians who have been incarcerated or homeless, and young adults who...
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Resources for Addressing the Nonprofit "Needs Gap"

Capacity building is a concept we can all get behind. Both grantseekers and grantmakers know this is the base for long term sustainability and organizational effectiveness. So why does it continue to be so elusive in our sector and what’s the latest thinking on what is really needed and how best to make it happen? At this event, we heard the latest insights from the Center for Effective Philanthropy’s (CEP) 2018 report, Strengthening Grantees, where findings demonstrate there is a Needs Gap between what nonprofits request funding for compared to their actual needs. We also heard firsthand...

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