CEO Message

November 8, 2018

My sweetheart and I were married a couple of weeks ago.  We celebrated with friends and family with good food, dancing, and lots of laughter on a hilltop overlooking Tomales Bay. In the weeks leading up to our wedding the airwaves were saturated with the Kavanaugh hearings and the midterm elections. The disintegration of civility that has been fueled by cable news, the internet, and our political leaders for decades reached peak levels. Like so many people, we were riveted and distraught.

August 16, 2018

I’ve recently started a yoga practice. (OK maybe it’s a bit premature to call it a “practice,” but I have been to four classes so far, and I plan to keep going.)

June 7, 2018

More than 40 years ago, changes in federal funding practices undermined nonprofits dependent on those funds to maintain steady cash flow and financial stability.  To address this, a group of local funders...

February 15, 2018

I am not gonna lie:  the world is some tricky s**t right now. All around us, we are confronting myriad, urgent challenges: to the safety and well-being of our loved ones and neighbors, to the vitality of communities undermined by disparities and inequities, to the fabric of civility that can feel at times like it is shredding. At home and at work, we labor to discern what most needs our attention, energy, and resources so we can attend to it thoughtfully and well.  We look for allies, we do our best to take care of ourselves and our loved ones along the way, and we search for reasons to hope. 

November 9, 2017

There are some things you are glad to have, but hope never to have to use: A quarter for the phone booth (I know, I know – 20th century stuff). A snake for your drain. An epi pen. The capacity to respond quickly and effectively to an emergency is certainly close to – if not right at the top – of that list. 

September 21, 2017

In 2007 I found myself in a situation we all dread: witnessing my mother’s declining health and doing everything I could to help her in what turned out to be her last year of life. With the hindsight of ten years, I now look back on that time as one of despair and helplessness as I watched her grow progressively more ill and ultimately pass away. But I also remember it as deeply intimate, precious, irreplaceable time with her that I cherish.

June 22, 2017

By Ellen LaPointe, President and CEO, Northern California Grantmakers

May 4, 2017

“Now is the time to be the grantmaker, you have been waiting to be, Time to be braver and more committed, Than you have ever imagined yourself” - Chinaka Hodge

March 14, 2017

I’ve been thinking a lot about leadership these days. Recent events have inspired many of us to explore opportunities to lead in our communities, in our work, in our world. 

February 17, 2017

We invite you to take a look at our year’s NCG's 2016 Annual (Not)-Report, to spot some great people doing great work.

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