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Building a Thriving Region: Equitable Investments for Nonprofit and Community Vibrancy

Envision a future where every community in Northern California flourishes, where shared prosperity becomes a reality. Our region, celebrated for its diversity and innovation, stands at the forefront of social progress and economic vitality. Yet, amidst this vibrant tapestry, many individuals—particularly Black, Indigenous, and other people of color—struggle to sustain themselves in the communities they call home.

Through our inescapable mutuality, we are still witnessing philanthropic giving lacking in areas that need it most, while nonprofits in these regions struggle with limited capacity. Funders struggle to give when nonprofit infrastructure is inadequate in these regions, yet nonprofits can’t provide services if they don’t have funding to do their work. How do we start acting as a region? How can we fund beyond our limits, act differently, and support nonprofits that may not always have the funds they need to serve their communities?

In this funder-focused webinar, we will: 

  • Use data to expand philanthropic dollars and support to high-need areas
  • Understand infrastructure and capacity needs of these regions
  • Highlight where philanthropy can lean in and support infrastructure and capacity needs

This webinar is co-hosted by Northern California Grantmakers (NCG) and United Way Bay Area (UWBA). It is a follow up to NCG's Annual Conference Session, “Building a Thriving Region: Philanthropy’s Role in Northern California and builds on UWBA’s report, Understanding Poverty and Philanthropic Giving Disparities in the Bay Area.


Glen Galaich


Cristál Gallegos

Senior Organizer

Hana Ma

Senior Program Officer

Yumi Sera

Executive Director


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