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Leadership, Culture and Community

Connecting habits of the heart, mind, and hands for people and institutions in philanthropy to guide principles and equitable action. 

At NCG, we pay attention to both the individual and collective. At its best, work can be a place for individuals to form a healthy collective, express a vision of what the world can be, and organize around shared purpose.

We nurture principled, conscious leadership to maintain perspective, connect to oneself and others from a place of compassion, embrace the understanding of a greater ‘we,’ and stay present through trying circumstances.

With careful tending, our workplaces can welcome us to arrive with the fullness of who we are, where we have been, and where we want to go. To bring this about, we are redoubling support for the people who are turning philanthropic workplaces into sites for open conversations about race, gender, and class to advance equity and social justice in our organizations and in our grantmaking.

In practice, we create welcoming spaces for discussions of candor, allowing potentially transformative ideas to surface and take life.

Defining our Terms

Leadership. The capacity to create shared vision, motivate and inspire people to engage with that vision, develop effective strategies, and build thriving teams that deliver results. 

Community. People joined together by shared purpose, vision, or goals. Characterized by persistence (i.e., enduring over time), relatedness (i.e., engagement with one another in dynamic ways), and connection (i.e., camaraderie).

Culture. The "look and feel" or an organization, community, or region that results from shared values, beliefs, and patterns of behavior. 

Events

Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 1:00pm

How has a global health pandemic and the Black Lives Matter racial justice uprisings affected LGBTQ communities in California?

Resources

Values-aligned grantmaking is becoming every day parlance in our field, with good reason: foundation professionals are increasingly conscious of the role they play in social change.

If you're new to philanthropy, or interested in sharpening your skills, NCG's signature program, New Grantmakers Institute (NGI): Grantmaking for the 21st Century, helps build your understanding of best practices for ethical and effective grantmaking, and helps you place yourself

It was just last October that a firestorm erupted across the North Bay in Sonoma, Napa, Lake, and Mendocino Counties. The most destructive in California history, the fires took lives, homes and livelihoods.

What does it take for a nonprofit to move from surviving to thriving? And, what kind of support can funders provide to meaningfully shift the trajectory of an organization? To most effectively deploy game-changing grants (capacity, operating, and infusions of capital – alongside project and program grants) funders must understand the intersection of strategy, financial health, and the needs of the whole enterprise. In our fourth and final Financial Management session with FMA on June 5, 2018, we explored several foundation approaches to leveraging the right kinds of grants at the right times. 

The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have set change in motion across American society, from popular culture to the halls of Congress. But is philanthropy listening? And is philanthropy part of the problem? At the root of the sexual violence #MeToo addresses, and the workplace misconduct #TimesUp addresses, is misuse of power. Money, race, gender, and other factors cause breakdowns in how we communicate with each other. At this program, panelists offered up their own paths to discovering built-in systems that get in the way of righting power dynamics and the corrections they made (or want to make) to ready themselves for this moment. 

News

Thursday, October 15, 2020

These past months, we've found ourselves returning to the same question: are our plans still serving their purpose, or is there a greater opportunity made possible by the crises in which we find ourselves? We asked NCG's board, staff, and membership to weigh-in on how they're balancing this question. Pedro Arista, Director at Hirsch Philanthropy Partners, joined us to share what inspires him to do this work and what's exciting him about the sector. 

Thursday, September 17, 2020

This month, President and CEO Dwayne S. Marsh has officially taken the reins from Steve Barton and Phuong Quach, senior staff who’ve served as NCG’s interim leaders for the past six months. The three took turns answering questions about the moment in which we find ourselves and the possibilities ahead. As the interview was drawing to a close, Dwayne paused to check if we were going to address race explicitly. And so, signaling the new future into which we are stepping, we did.

Thursday, September 3, 2020

We asked NCG's board, staff, and membership to weigh-in on how they're balancing this question. Darnell Cadette, Director, Community at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative joins us to share more about the launch of NCG's newest network, the Bay Area Homelessness Funders Network, and what he's learning about the broader movement of the moment we're in. 

Thursday, August 20, 2020

While the financial support was a critical lifeline for our grantees, it quickly became evident that we needed to provide capacity building support that addressed the real-world and rapidly changing needs of nonprofits in times of crisis. 

Thursday, August 20, 2020

We asked NCG's board, staff, and membership to weigh-in on how they're balancing this question. Jackie Downing of Crankstart joins us to share more about the launch of NCG's newest network, the Bay Area Homelessness Funders Network, and how she's thinking about persistence and adaptivity right now.