If you know me, you know how central my mother was in my life. I often say I do what I do because of my father, but I am what I am because of her. So when her birthday rolled around recently and my sister Nadine mentioned she’d unearthed some more papers of hers, I was naturally interested. In particular, Nadine found notes my mother had made on a 1948 article titled Health Problems of Negroes in Richmond. I was equally impressed by the depth of the analysis of the article and the thoughtful notes my mother had made on it. Some of its findings might sound familiar.
More than anything, this event was also an opportunity to be in community. Many were seeing colleagues outside a Zoom square for the first time or in a long time. But the collective power is what truly energized the room. We heard more than once that it felt like a homecoming week.
NCG is excited to share that Victoria Rodarte (she/her) is joining the team as its first-ever Senior Democracy Fellow beginning March 27th. Victoria brings direct experience in mobilizing resources for a strong democracy, immigrant legal services, and interning for political campaigns.
Crispin shared that during his 3-year tenure, he is most proud of creating the Equitable Recovery Framework which supported philanthropy in addressing the underlying factors that led to the economic recession, COVID-related deaths, and racial divide in our country.
We want to extend our deepest gratitude for Alan Kwok for serving as NCG’s and Philanthropy California’s Director of Climate and Disaster Resilience for the past four years. Alan will transition to the new role of Senior Advisor beginning February 2023. Underscoring NCG’s deepening commitment to advancing equity in climate and disaster resilience, we will be growing the team, bringing on a new Climate and Disaster Resilience Director to continue the work.
To honor the lives taken this past week, we must understand and disrupt structures that make violence like this the norm. We uplift the leadership of API movement groups who have been naming the importance of undoing patriarchy, white supremacy, and carceral systems that make tragedies like these possible.
In an age of big data, it’s clear that we need an efficient way for nonprofits to share the demographic data funders seek in an accessible and reusable format. If we want true progress toward building an equitable future, we need not only a sense of shared responsibility and collective action, but also shared data that helps us assess our impact and goals. That’s why Northern California Grantmakers (NCG) and Candid are partnering on a new initiative, Demographics via Candid.
We want to extend our deepest gratitude for Alice Y. Hom for serving as NCG’s Director of Equity and Social Justice for the past four years. Alice will be deepening their leadership with our co-conspirators at CHANGE Philanthropy as the new Executive Director beginning March 13th.
California is experiencing a series of repeated atmospheric river events that are leading to flooding, power outages, and mudslides across much of the state. Unfortunately, we know that these storms are only the latest in a chain of climate change-fueled disasters. Philanthropy California, an alliance of Northern California Grantmakers, SoCal Grantmakers, Catalyst of San Diego & Imperial Counties, has activated the 2023 disaster response website.
On December 20, 2022 a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit rural Humboldt County in the early morning, followed by over 60 substantial aftershocks. The small towns and Tribal communities hit the worst have left community members without housing, power, and/or water. NCG invites our member community to show up for this trusted fund as it serves the most vulnerable in our community who remain impacted by this disaster.