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Leadership, Culture and Community

Nurturing the dynamic and diverse people and institutions in philanthropy.

The Bay Area philanthropic sector is a dynamic, diverse community dedicated to marshaling resources – alone and in partnership – strategically and with maximal impact to improve the human condition. The work of the sector is complex and difficult, and cannot be achieved without attending to the “care and feeding” of the individuals and institutions that comprise it. This includes:

  1. supporting individual skill and professional development;
  2. cultivating executive leadership as well as the next generation of sector leaders;
  3. focusing on the internal culture and practices of philanthropic institutions; and 
  4. nurturing a thriving, sector-wide community that is rooted in a strong sense of shared purpose, committed to continual growth and learning, and making time to inspire and celebrate one another.

In our Community and Culture work, NCG will partner with our member colleagues and other philanthropy-supporting organizations to support efforts to strengthen and sustain the individuals and institutions that comprise the NCG community.  Examples include:

Events

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 4:00pm

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and Northern California Grantmakers invite you to join us for this special event celebrating the release of Giving Done Right: Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count by Phil Buchanan, President of

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, March 21, 2019

Wang Kong joined the Foundation four years ago as a program officer, quickly rising to the position of senior program officer, and earlier this year she was named interim chief program director.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

I just hosted a staff meeting filled with laughter and storytelling. Howling, wipe-your-eyes laughter, and good, around-the-dinner-table connection. How did we get here? Partly by recognizing that our meetings weren’t, in many cases, places we preferred to be.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

In accordance with Northern California Grantmakers’ bylaws, this message serves as formal written notice that the Annual Meeting of members will be held on April 23 at the San Mateo Marriott. This meeting will be a part of NCG’s 2019 Values. Vision. Voice. Conference. During the meeting, five candidates will be presented as nominees for a vote to the NCG Board of Directors. 

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Last week, NCG member Metta Fund announce the appointment of Anna Karrer Manley as its first-ever Director of Communications. Congratulations Anna! Take a look at Metta Fund's announcement.