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Membership Guide


When NCG members come together, we engage both hearts and minds to rethink what’s possible. Our work at NCG affords us the extraordinary opportunity to have a lasting and meaningful impact in our region.

NCG’s membership is made up of grantmaking organizations, government agencies, philanthropic partner organizations and individual consultants, donor advisors and donors. We have over 200 organizations in our membership, representing $3.5 billion of funding in Northern California. Our membership brings deep expertise across a wide range of issues including health, education, arts, immigration, workforce, environment and more.

Member Engagement Committee

NCG's Member Engagement Committee is an engaged group of members who help curate events, speak for member perspectives, and help with Annual Conference planning. Members include: 

  • Pedro Arista, Director, Hirsch Philanthropy Partners/Hellman Foundation
  • Jenny Chan, Program Associate,van Löben Sels/RembeRock Foundation
  • Jorge Cino, Communications Officer, Heising-Simons Foundation
  • Dustin Cooper, Community Impact Specialist, CSAA Insurance Group
  • Victor Cordon, Senior Program Manager, Philanthropy
  • Sara Feldman, Communications and Development Manager, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees
  • Nilofar Gardezi, Program Officer & Grants Manager, Dean & Margaret Lesher Foundation
  • Nicole Kyauk, Director of Donor Relations, The San Francisco Foundation
  • Stephanie Martinez, Programs Associate, Peter E. Haas Jr. Family Fund

NCG Offerings

Communities of Practice: NCG provides in-depth series and cohort learning throughout the year. All members receive a significant discount on these offerings.

  • Foundations of Racial Equity series provides training for philanthropic practitioners to understand how anti-Black racism and white supremacy influence the field of philanthropy and our practices and to provide opportunities for action in your organizations based on what you learn. 
  • Through the Racial Equity Action Institute, participants gain knowledge, lessons, and tools for making change in their institutions on REDI and to create solutions for our shared challenges in the Bay Area. 
  • The New Grantmakers Institute: Grantmaking for the 21st Century, helps build your understanding of best practices for ethical and effective grantmaking and helps you place yourself within the philanthropic ecosystem. 
  • The Rising Leaders Cohort offers a unique opportunity to focus on your leadership journey within philanthropy and build the skills that will take you to your next level.    
  • The Communications Institute provides technical skills, transformational tools, and a values-aligned peer network to harness our collective power. 

Conferences: NCG annually provides opportunities for the full membership to gather and learn together. All members receive a significant discount on these offerings.

  • The Corporate Philanthropy Institute brings corporate peers together each year and addresses where the CSR field is heading, what bold steps companies are taking while tackling philanthropic business integration efforts and best practices. 
  • Every spring, NCG hosts its Annual Conference designed specifically for members, addressing the current issues impacting our communities on a local and national scale. 

Events: On top of the events includes with your NCG membership, we also invite members to partner with us in creating events as well as sharing other happenings within the field.

  • Member-initiated events: As a member, the NCG team is here to support you in creating events and programs. Together your new initiative, new research, and conversations can be shared with the broader membership community.
  • Events in the Field: There are additional ways to get the word out about organizational events! We can share your organizational events with the broader membership.


Member Benefits

Envision: We can’t envision and resource better futures without thought leadership and ideas. Together we can resource better futures with thought leadership for donors and trustees, an equitable recovery, and nonprofit sustainability.  And together we can learn from our partners leading reimagining the sector and power redistribution with Trust-Based Philanthropy Project.   

Mobilize: Members can engage in action-oriented work around Public PolicyClimate & Disaster resilience, Solidarity in Practice, and our statewide alliance as Philanthropy California.

Gather & Practice: Sharpen your understanding of most pressing movement issues in the field including democracy, immigration, climate resilience, healing justice, disability justice, housing justice etc through our free 100+ programs and events for members. 

Learn & Lead  

  • Got a great program idea? We love to work with members to make their program ideas come to life. 
  • Share your news with the field! Our biweekly newsletter reaches 3,000 individuals and is the best place to showcase your news or your work to the Northern California philanthropic community. You’ll also receive all member communications, and get the latest on upcoming programs and events, news on NCG community members, and philanthropy opinions.   
  • As an NCG member, you get free access to Candid’s Foundation Maps: California tool, a robust interactive map showing more than 80,000 grants by over a hundred California foundations, with data on who’s giving and where to inform your work.   
  • Access post-program recordings and program resources. 
  • Sharpen your understanding on most pressing movement issues in the field including democracy, immigration, climate resilience, healing justice, disability justice, housing justice etc through our free 100+ programs and events for members.