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Annual Conference

Corporate Philanthropy Institute

New Grantmakers Institute

Every spring, Northern California Grantmakers 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.  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.  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. 


Cohort and Institute Network Opportunities

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.

Apply for the 2020 Institute

NCG’s Racial Equity Action (REA) Institute — a new offering connecting racial equity specialists and leaders in philanthropy, government, business, and nonprofits to learn, network and develop a mix of actionable strategies with field experts and each other. You’ll have opportunities to reflect, share, and act.

The REA Institute is a multi-sector space to test and deepen racial equity and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practices. We are centering racial equity with an intersectional framework that recognizes the ways race is shaped and informed by class, gender, sexuality, and ability. Whether your institution uses “racial equity” or “diversity, equity, and inclusion,” the REA Institute will focus on moving your institution towards equitable practices and supporting you in creating the conditions for action.  

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.

Are you a rising leader in philanthropy, someone looking for ways to expand your impact within the sector and advance your career? Are you looking for ways to connect with foundation peers and create long-lasting professional relationships? Would the support and mentoring from those peers boost your professional development? If you answered yes to these questions, the 2020 Rising Leaders 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. 

Apply for the 2020 Cohort