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Silicon Valley Nonprofit Displacement Briefing | Thrive's Philanthropy Matters

Thursday, February 7, 2019 -
9:00am to 12:00pm PST
Sobrato Center for Nonprofits
Redwood Shores Shoreway Conference Room | 350 Twin Dolphin Drive | Redwood City, CA, 94065
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Please join NCG and Thrive, the Alliance of Nonprofits for San Mateo County, for a joint nonprofit and funder briefing to share the findings from the Silicon Valley Nonprofit Space and Facilities Report and discuss their implications for our community. At this briefing, San Mateo nonprofits and funders will be asked for their input and ideas on solutions for their affordable space needs. These ideas will help the Nonprofit Displacement Project develop data-driven solutions, and keep this issue on the radar of policy makers, government, and companies.
For the past two years, the Nonprofit Displacement Project has been working to advance solutions to the growing problem of affordable space for nonprofits across the Bay Area. Thriving communities with equitable access to opportunities, healthy cultural institutions, positive social connections and a network of supportive services are tied to a strong nonprofit infrastructure. In turn, long-term nonprofit stability and sustainability is inexorably tied to affordable and stable office space. 
This Spring, NCG conducted a survey of non-profits in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties to gain a deeper understanding of the impact of the real estate market on them and their concerns about the future. The survey showed that a large majority (74%) of respondents are concerned about the negative impact of the real estate market on their long-term financial sustainability. Over a third of the respondents anticipate having to relocate in the next five years, with an even greater percentage of organization that serve low-income (44%) and communities of color (43%) anticipate having to relocate. The full findings are available in the Silicon Valley Nonprofit Space and Facilities Report


This briefing is incorporated into Thrive’s program, Philanthropy Matters: Regional Funding Priorities for 2019 and Beyond. To register, please visit their page.


Steve Barton, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Northern California Grantmakers
Steve has a long history with NCG including stints on various committees as well as the NCG and Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers boards. Over the last several years he’s been a consultant on special projects, corporate philanthropy and social responsibility and briefings. As the Director for Regional Vibrancy and Sustainability he’s focused on programs, initiatives and projects that address the issues affecting our region from displacement and gentrification to income inequality to the arts, climate change and disaster resiliency. In addition to his consulting practice, Steve has been the Director for Foundation and Corporate Giving at Gap Inc., a program officer at the Marin Community Foundation, and served in Mayoral administrations in both San Francisco and Oakland.
Sarah Frankfurth, Collaborative Philanthropy Manager, Northern California Grantmakers
Sarah is passionate about connecting people, exploring new ideas and figuring out how to make things work. She brings these skills, along with a background in program design, network development and learning communities to her work at NCG. As the Collaborative Philanthropy Manager, Sarah focuses on the work of the Nonprofit Displacement Project and works with NCG’s collaborative philanthropy groups. Before joining NCG, Sarah provided strategic leadership for an organization that built innovative leadership in the reproductive health, rights and justice sector. Prior to that, Sarah designed and implemented multiple grant programs and learning networks focused on the social determinants of health and safety net healthcare innovation for the Center for Care Innovations.
Joanne Lee, Director of Consulting Services and Program Development, Northern California Community Loan Fund
Joanne has over twenty-five years of experience in non-profit management and services. As the Director of Consulting Services, Joanne ensures that NCCLF's real estate and financial management consulting services help community nonprofits achieve their goals. In 2014, Joanne designed the Nonprofit Displacement Mitigation Program funded by the City and County of San Francisco and continues to oversee the partnership with the City in administering the Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative. Joanne developed the Community Facilities Challenge at Fresno State University and continues to work with nonprofit associations, foundations, and government entities to develop capacity building programs for nonprofits. Prior to joining NCCLF, she served as the Deputy Director of the Chinatown Community Development Center, overseeing finance, administration, human resources, affordable housing development, property and asset management departments. Joanne has a BA in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master’s in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Amy Feldman, Program Director, Silicon Valley, All Good Work Foundation
Amy Feldman recently joined All Good Work Foundation as the Program Director for Silicon Valley. She is a business development and communications professional with over two decades of experience in the corporate and non-profit sectors. Previously, she was the Director of Programs for the Business Outreach Center (BOC), a non-profit which provides New York City residents with the counseling, training, technical assistance, and capital they need to launch and grow successful microenterprises and community businesses.
Prior to joining BOC, Ms. Feldman was a Program Officer at the Citi Foundation where she managed over $90 million in philanthropic investments from 2005-2010 to more than 2,000 global and domestic economic empowerment programs across 60 countries. Additionally, she developed global and local strategic communications plans to drive external and internal awareness of the Foundation’s innovative and high-profile economic empowerment initiatives. Before joining the Citi Foundation, Ms. Feldman was the Director of Public Affairs for Citi International where she supported the company’s strategic objectives to generate business opportunities across all product lines and drive business growth across Citi’s footprint in approximately 100 countries. Earlier in her career, Ms. Feldman was the Director of Corporate Relations at Viacom, and a core member of the planning and implementation team that led all external and internal communications strategies at Viacom during its mergers with Paramount Pictures, Blockbuster Entertainment, and CBS, resulting in corporate growth from 5,000 employees in 1989 to over 50,000 employees by 2000. She received her B.A. from Georgetown University in 1986 and was accepted into the MBA Program at Pace University in 2011.

Nicole Taylor, President and CEO, Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Nicole Taylor is president and CEO of Silicon Valley Community Foundation. She brings together a rich background in Bay Area philanthropy, nonprofit administration and fundraising with extensive experience in both the private and public sectors.

In joining SVCF in December 2018, Nicole returns to the Bay Area from Arizona, where she served as vice president of the ASU Foundation. She also previously served as deputy vice president and dean of students at Arizona State University. Prior to her time at ASU, Nicole was the associate vice provost of student affairs and dean of community engagement and diversity at Stanford University, after serving as president and CEO of Thrive Foundation for Youth in Silicon Valley.

Nicole also spent more than 15 years with the East Bay Community Foundation, eventually serving as its president and CEO for six years. Nicole received both her M.A. in Education and A.B. in Human Biology from Stanford University, and she began her career as an educator in Oakland public schools. She served on the board of the Federal Reserve of San Francisco for six years and is currently a board member for Common Sense Media.