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January 18, 2022

This is not the New Year’s message I was hoping to write. There was a moment this fall when things started feeling like they might just fall into place. We saw progress on the pandemic, and it felt like 2022 might herald a fresh beginning. But reality intervened, as it tends to do.

December 9, 2021

Ed, I appreciate the hand off, and the question: How do we bridge the gap that often exists between rhetoric and action within our institutions? I believe we can bridge the gap by living our purpose. Why does philanthropy exist? Why is it necessary? Let's start here and move toward answering the question more directly. 

December 9, 2021

NCG is pleased to announce our team is growing with the new addition of Melissa Nop (she/her), our Manager of Equity and Practice. Melissa has worked in philanthropy since 2017 and was most recently at Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees as a Program Associate.  

December 7, 2021

A reflection on 2021 and looking ahead to 2022. 

October 28, 2021

CCJFG is creating a three-part podcast, Funding the Yes and we are proud to share the first episode with you!

October 21, 2021

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.

October 21, 2021

No information availableI 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.   

September 30, 2021

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.

September 30, 2021

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!   

September 29, 2021

As we get ready for another series of the Institute, NCG's Kate Seely chatted with past participant Pedro Arista, Director at Hirsch Philanthropy Partners about his leadership journey, his experience at NGI, and how together we can build a pipeline of creative thinkers with diverse identities.

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