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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

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 8:30am

The theme of The Exchange 2019 is Shaping the Future Together: Philanthropy as Change Capital. During the two days, we will address a range of topics related to this theme, including the future of our democracy, economy, education system, and health system, among others.

Monday, June 10, 2019 - 2:30pm

In his new book, Giving Done Right: Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count, Phil Buchanan argues that, after years of rampant bad advice for donors from consultants, business school faculty, and other so-called experts – much of it rooted in inadequate analogies to business and investing – it’s time to cut through it all and help givers understand that effective philanthropy is a challenge like no other. Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, CEO of the Latino Community Foundation, and Buchanan will discuss what it takes to do it well, and what can be learned from the unique and crucial role giving and the nonprofit sector have played in this country. Receive a book if you are one of the first 100 people to register!

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, May 16, 2019

I recently had a new head shot taken. It’s been close to 10 years since I last had a professional photograph taken of me, and well: I look a bit different. I now have an additional line or two across my forehead and my hair is sprouting a few more grays.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

NCG member the Stuart Foundation has named its new President. Congratulations to Sophie Fanelli!

Thursday, April 4, 2019

NCG member The Stupski Foundation announced that it hired Elvin Padilla and Jennifer Nguyen to help the Foundation launch its spenddown strategies. Elvin joins the team as the Foundation’s director of Food Security and Jennifer as the director of Postsecondary Success.

Thursday, April 4, 2019
Carolyn Wang Kong is the Chief Program Director at the Blue Shield of California Foundation. As a part of our Member Spotlight Series, Carolyn spoke to us about where she is seeking collaboration, why time travel would be her ideal superpower, and details on her favorite guilty pleasure. 
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.