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Collaborative Philanthropy

Collaborative Philanthropy at NCG is about bringing together the right mix of people to develop comprehensive solutions for our communities. It is about recognizing that complex social problems are too big for any one organization to solve alone. It is about bringing our individual expertise and experience to bear on a broader social challenge. It is about moving beyond the usual suspects and standard operating procedures to embrace a new way of working. And it is about acknowledging that together our work will be greater than the sum of our parts—that together we can be the change.

NCG is here to propel collaborations between grantmakers, corporations, governments, nonprofits, and local communities that result in real world outcomes. NCG has the connections that count—from the policy makers in Sacramento to the tech companies in Silicon Valley to the largest grantmakers in California. If it is happening in Northern California, NCG is there.

Collaborative Philanthropy can take many forms including:

  • A traditional pooled fund to award grants or provide access to capital;
  • A philanthropic network sharing best practices and strategizing on how to meet the needs of the communities they serve; or
  • A holistic initiative involving grantmakers, community stakeholders, nonprofits and government agencies all working together to enact change. 

This work is a critical element of the new NCG.  While this effort builds upon a long history of bringing people together—the Family Philanthropy Exchange, the Corporate Contributions Roundtable, the Arts Loan Fund, the Emergency Loan Fund—we passionately believe that it is only through a Collaborative Philanthropy approach that we will ensure that we have the right people at the table to develop innovative solutions to affect meaningful change in communities across the region.

For more information, contact NCG Collaborative Philanthropy Associate Krystle Chipman at