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November 12, 2018

Northern California Grantmakers is pleased to announce that Alan Kwok has been named Disaster Resilience Director. He brings to the role years of experience in Bay Area disaster response and leadership in the emerging field of community resilience.

November 9, 2018

The Camp Fire has already burnt much of the town of Paradise, north of Sacramento, just outside of Chico. The fire has taken over forty lives and 6,500 homes. Evacuation orders have sent tens of thousands of people in the region from their homes. We will keep this site updated with information on how to help.

November 8, 2018

Northern California Grantmakers is pleased to announce that Alice Y. Hom has been named Equity and Social Justice Director. Alice brings an intersectional approach to the world around her and her engagement in philanthropy.

November 8, 2018

My sweetheart and I were married a couple of weeks ago.  We celebrated with friends and family with good food, dancing, and lots of laughter on a hilltop overlooking Tomales Bay. In the weeks leading up to our wedding the airwaves were saturated with the Kavanaugh hearings and the midterm elections. The disintegration of civility that has been fueled by cable news, the internet, and our political leaders for decades reached peak levels. Like so many people, we were riveted and distraught.

October 25, 2018

Earlier this summer, I attended a discussion on how philanthropy could respond to the #MeToo movement — in this field, we’re all trying to make a difference for our communities, so why not start with our own organizations?

October 25, 2018

NCG is pleased to welcome stellar communications pro Vanice Dunn, Director of Equity at communications design firm Provoc to join the faculty of NCG’s upcoming communications cohort for mid-career professionals. Only three spots remain.

October 11, 2018

Planning is underway for NCG’s 2019 Annual Conference | Together for Good, which will take place in April 2019.  We want your input on the topics and ideas to make the conference a

October 10, 2018

Your voice matters — join us in standing up for our deepest values and for all of our communities. 

October 8, 2018

Roughly a year ago, I participated in a funders meeting about the North Bay fires, hosted by our friends at Northern California Grantmakers.

At that time, I said in jest that I planned to spend the rest of my career in an iron box in the high desert of Nevada – far away from active fault lines, nearby rivers or forested hillsides that could bloom, overnight, into terrifying oceans of fire.

October 8, 2018

A year ago today, firestorms came racing through our North Bay communities. With the immediacy of the smoke and danger to our friends and neighbors, it was hard to think about anything else. Our community responded with urgency and generosity. Donations from outside Sonoma surpassed even the local outpouring.

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