This summer, Northern California Grantmakers began supporting the work of the Generational Recovery Fund (GRF), a pooled fund dedicated to the recovery of Bay Area youth, with a focus on supporting Black, Indigenous, and People of Color youth. The GRF will serve Bay Area counties for 5 years, using a participatory grantmaking model that includes youth as co-designers and decision makers. We are thrilled to announce its first round of grants, which will distribute $1.5 million to fifteen youth-serving nonprofits in San Francisco.
I propose that what holds us back from making more dramatic transformations in philanthropy are three beliefs that we inherit and internalize from white supremacist culture. Philanthropy is another system functioning as it was designed to function – as social reproduction for the ruling class, with our failure to meet that goal engendering the risk of our being fired. Functioning in a scarcity mindset, it’s no wonder we internalize the following beliefs.
There will be tremendous opportunities for philanthropy to ensure investments are targeted in our most vulnerable communities at risk of climate-driven events. NCG's Alan Kwok provides an analysis of what the package will bring and what role philanthropy can play.
Still on the fence about attending the 2021 Corporate Philanthropy Institute? Well you have come to the right place! Check out the top ten reasons below for why this is going to be a conference you are not going to want to miss!
As I sit to write, our Northern California skies are hazy with wildfire smoke. It strikes me as a metaphor for this moment, 19 months into COVID, when our visions of a post-pandemic future are shifting yet again. I definitely don’t feel clear-eyed. I am learning that being clear-eyed is not about being able to see the hills on the horizon on a crisp, blue-skied day. Rather, it is knowing who you are, where you are, and where you are going, even in the midst of the densest fog. It is about knowing what lies beyond the haze.
Zoe Rudman is taking a stroll to the other side of Market Street to join the staff at Energy Foundation as the new Funder Relations Coordinator, a part of its Strategic Partnership team. The Energy Foundation aims to secure a clean and equitable energy future to tackle the climate crisis.
During our Annual Conference, NCG's President and CEO Dwayne S. Marsh shared a very personal story, one that helped shape who he is today. To celebrate Dwayne at the helm for just over a year now, NCG's Board Chair and Executive Vice President at the California Wellness Foundation Richard Tate spoke with him to dive into the story. Read through the conversation to hear more about why Dwayne centers racial equity, what the past year has meant to him, his hopes for the NCG community, and what he needs from you to get us there.
The Sogorea Te’ Land Trust—an Indigenous women-led trust that facilitates the return of Indigenous land in the Bay Area—recently initiated a call to action to philanthropic institutions to pay institutional Shuumi Land Tax. CCJFG answered this call.
California Governor Gavin Newsom was elected in 2018 with 62% of the votes, a victory margin not seen in nearly seven decades. On September 14, 2021, California’s voters will be asked to weigh in on whether or not he should be recalled. The special election will take place on September 14, 2021 with vote-by-mail ballots being sent out starting on August 16, 2021. It is critically important that all California voters engage in this election.