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Southern California Wildfires

Publication date: 
12/2017
Our Philanthropy California colleagues are responding as they can to the wildfires in Southern California. We are lending our expertise where it is needed. Wildfires in Ventura, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Riverside Counties are forcing thousands of people from their homes and destroying millions of dollars in property. We will keep this page updated with information that could be helpful in responding appropriately to these disasters.
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Resources from The Problem of Poverty isn’t Getting any Younger: A Funder Briefing on Poverty and Aging

Publication date: 
07/2017
Our region’s increasing poles of wealth and poverty and racial disparities mean people getting older will need thoughtful action now if we are to build the kind of inclusive participatory communities we value. On July 27th, the Metta Fund, Thomas J. Long Foundation, Marin Community Foundation, and NCG brought together a robust panel to discuss and equip members with thoughtful insights into the ways that inequity plays out as we age across economic justice, racial equity, asset building, women’s issues, workforce development, and social determinants of health.
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Resources from A New Twist: What’s the Latest Breakthrough in Philanthropy?

Publication date: 
07/2017
On July 27th, the Peninsula Philanthropy Network invited members to learn from practitioners forging new approaches in philanthropy. Innovations continue to rock many aspects of professional life in the Bay Area. In the field of giving, tech-based innovations ripple through traditional practices of philanthropy, building on the region’s long history of creating and testing bold new ideas in technology, the social sector and arts and culture. The interactive learning lab immersed particpants in the concepts and methods of impact investing and human-centered design. The panel shared their...
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Resources from Collaboration Gone Right: 9 Funders and 69 Nonprofits Make Regional Change Work

Publication date: 
06/2017
For far too long, communities across the San Joaquin Valley haven’t had access to the same opportunities that make California golden for other regions. Inspired directly by the voices of San Joaquin Valley Health Fund partners, over 1000 San Joaquin Valley residents came to the capital to advocate for a shared policy agenda that’s an all-in approach for racial and health equity on some of the most pressing issues facing the Valley. They showed the power of funder and community collaborations with their call for “a Golden State for All.” The program offered a case study of the Fund and how its...
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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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Resources from An Optimist’s Guide to Benefits in the Gig Economy

Publication date: 
03/2017
Northern California Grantmakers (NCG) and the Asset Funders Network (AFN) invited funders to hear from the Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative, the Indy Worker Guild , and the National Domestic Workers Alliance to develop an understanding of the opportunities and challenges of the gig economy. We also explored potential policy and other solutions that might support the particular needs of low-wage workers in this new area of the economy.
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Nonprofit Displacement: Solutions for Permanent and Affordable Spaces

Publication date: 
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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Bay Area: Closing the Women's Wealth Gap

Publication date: 
02/2017
Closing the Women’s Wealth Gap—What It Is, Why It Matters, and What Can Be Done About It aims to inform a national discussion about the women’s wealth gap, and to catalyze movement towards policy and practical solutions that build wealth for low-income women and women of color.
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Resources from: A New Vision For Comprehensive Capacity Building (A GEO special feature)

Publication date: 
01/2017
We know that grantmakers can bolster nonprofit effectiveness and results by supporting capacity-building initiatives, thus ensuring their grantees have what they need to deliver on their missions over the long haul. As part of GEO and NCG’s partnership, we’re happy to offer this dynamic and comprehensive workshop, which tackles the essential questions that drive the design of effective capacity building support. Developed with information and insights gathered over many years of working with grantmakers on this topic, A New Vision for Comprehensive Capacity Building takes participants on a...
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Post-Election Special: What Did We Learn? What’s Next? | 11/30/2016

Publication date: 
12/2016
After a long and ugly ride, what are the key takeaways from the election? Where will these results take us? And what are the long-term strategies that will fuel the growing movement for a direct and participatory democracy?

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