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Signature Events

Each year, NCG hosts it's three signature events: the Annual Conference, Corporate Philanthropy Institute, and the New Grantmakers Institute. All events are open to NCG membership. 

Annual Conference
Corporate Philanthropy Institute
New Grantmakers Institute

The 2020 Annual Conference is now virtual! 

Every spring, NCG hosts its Annual Conference designed specifically for members. It addresses the current issues impacting our communities on a local and national scale. By discussing ideas and challenges, we explore how the philanthropic sector can develop real-world solutions to cultivate healthier, thriving communities here in Northern California. The Conference is an opportunity to engage all your senses, ignite new energy into your work, and deepen your connections with our philanthropic community. 

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NCG’s signature annual corporate event, the Corporate Philanthropy Insitute (CPI) has been conducted in partnership with Silicon Valley Community Foundation since 2013. With a constantly changing and evolving world, we are challenged to contemplate our role in addressing the issues that affect our communities. Each year's theme addresses where the CSR field is heading, what bold steps companies are taking while tackling philanthropic business integration efforts and best practices.

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The learning curve for new grantmakers can be considerable! In this two-day highly interactive workshop, participants have the opportunity to engage with their peers around opportunities and challenges of grantmaking: identifying key factors in making funding decisions and understanding expectations and core tensions of their role as foundation staff. In addition to developing a network of peers, participants will have a rare opportunity to hear directly from philanthropic leaders and become familiar with resources available to support their continued professional development.

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Institutes and Cohorts 

Each year NCG provides training institutes curated for specific groups of those in our sector. The Communications Institute, Racial Equity Action Institute, and the Rising Leaders Cohort. These are 6-7 month in-depth workshops with  your peers and require an application. 

Communications Institute
Racial Equity Action Institute
Rising Leaders Cohort

Are you a mid-career communications professional in philanthropy, eager to build professional knowledge, skills, and networks? Are you looking to foster peer support, share best practices, and create a long-lasting peer community? If you answered yes to these questions, the 2020 Communications Institute offers you in-depth professional development and an opportunity to engage with your peers.

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One sector on its own cannot solve the challenges of racial inequities. NCG recognizes we can achieve more together by organizing a multi-sector space for discussion, learning, and innovation. Through the Racial Equity Action Institute, participants will gain knowledge, lessons, and tools for making change in their institutions on REDI and to create solutions for our shared challenges in the Bay Area. Each year, a 20-person cohort will be chosen to participate in REAI with opportunities to reflect, share, and act. 

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The future of philanthropy lies in the hands of emerging leaders. In the Rising Leaders Cohort, our intention is to support the individuals who have a deep-seated passion for their own effectiveness in their work, and the effectiveness of the field. The Cohort offers you a unique opportunity to focus on your leadership journey within the field and build hard skills that will take you to your next level. 

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