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Equity and Social Justice Events

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 2:30pm

Each year the Legal Services Funders Network (LSFN) puts on several events to help educated the community and bring together those with a shared interest in supporting legal services, as they believe these organizations are a critical tool to use to address poverty alleviation. For this year's Signature Event, the LSFN will be joined by Sen. Scott Wiener, who will provide insight on California’s response to the current Administration’s orders and impending federal budget cuts, as well as, helping to ensure access to free or low-cost legal assistance to those who need it, and remain true to it’s core values.

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 8:30am

What is the role of corporations and the private sector in driving racial equity?  Angela Glover Blackwell, CEO of PolicyLink, and Mark Kramer, Founder and Managing Director of FSG will be exploring this question in a breakfast discussion designed for business leaders, CSR professionals, and corporate philanthropy leaders.

We know that racial inequities persist in significant and pervasive ways in the United States, leading to economic, social and political exclusion for people of color. Economists have recognized the impact of racial inequity on the U.S. economy in the midst of a major demographic transformation.  Racial equity drives competitiveness and expands the overall economy. Companies benefit from both a more robust workforce and an expanded base of consumers, while individuals and families find new sources of opportunity and economic success.  Therefore, private sector leadership is essential to eliminate inequity and create a prosperous future for all. 

Funded by the Ford and W.K. Kellogg Foundations, Policy Link and FSG have embarked on a research project to identify best practices and examples of companies that are making significant investments in addressing racial equity across different industries and sectors, whether through their products and services, procurement, marketing, HR practices, governance and ownership structures, or their community investment and public advocacy. The goal of the effort is to identify practices that can address racial equity at scale while creating business value for companies at the same time.

Mark and Angela will share key insights from the ongoing research effort, and facilitate a discussion with Bay Area corporate leaders on the barriers, challenges and opportunities they face in advancing racial equity. We hope you will join us for this important discussion.

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 2:45pm

It’s estimated that about 50,000 people in California jails are there simply because they are too poor to pay their bail.

Monday, March 6, 2017 - 2:00pm

As the cost of living rises in the Silicon Valley, "29.5 percent of local residents - roughly 800,000 people - rely on some form of public or private assistance in order to get by.” However, at a time when there is a growing need for human services, local community-based organizations are struggling to keep the lights on. It is clear there is an opportunity for the dynamic, growing community of Bay Area philanthropists to do more to support these local efforts. So what is the disconnect?

The Giving Code: Silicon Valley Nonprofits and Philanthropy, a new report funded by The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, provides a holistic portrait of the region’s nonprofit and philanthropic ecosystems and where and why they do or do not intersect. At this event, the authors of the report, Alexa Cortes Culwell and Heather McLeod Grant, will present their key findings and recommendations on how to bridge the gap to create lasting solutions for the region.

Friday, March 3, 2017 - 11:30am

Americans have a right know that their representatives are serving their interests and not profiting off their positions in government. Join us as we explore the historical roots of corruption, define and identify conflicts of interest and ethics violations, and help determine what we can do to support greater transparency and accountability in our government.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 1:00pm

The election of Donald Trump poses unprecedented challenges for all those funding LGBTQ rights and other social justice issues. This briefing will touch on issues most pressing in the face of this new administration, including criminalization, immigration, and religious exemptions.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 9:30am

Advocacy is an essential tool in executing your philanthropic mission. Learn how to use it strategically and legally as a funder. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 (All day)

NCG, San Diego Grantmakers (SDG) and Southern California Grantmakers (SCG) members are invited to participate in this statewide funder convening at a special discounted rate.

The Smart Growth California statewide funder convening is for funders from throughout California and the nation who are working to create healthy, equitable, and sustainable communities and regions in California.

Friday, February 3, 2017 - 9:00am

You are invited to join partners from across the Bay Area to learn together, collaborate, and take action toward equity, economic opportunity, and shared prosperity. Hear from experts and those on the ground implementing promising solutions. This Summit is hosted by Rise Together.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 9:30am

The impact of the national elections will have far-reaching effects at the state and local levels, putting both communities and institutions on high alert. Here in California, and particularly in the Bay Area, what do we need to anticipate about the policy and legal advocacy landscape? What are the key challenges and threats ahead?