When I joined NCG three and a half years ago, our communications was staffed by a competent and personable team of one. The woman who held the job had a knack for discerning what people wanted and delivering just that thing. This made everyone happy. Most of the time. Inevitably, though, it did not always make her happy. Because what people wanted didn’t always match what she herself thought was best. Expressing disagreement, it turned out, was her kryptonite.
September finds us heading into fall and the back-to-school season. We strive to practice a beginner’s mindset in our equity and social justice work, applying an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions. In that spirit, we’ve chosen a story that takes a nuanced look at an individual’s journey to college and articles that teach us new lessons in history, language, race, and gender.
This summer NCG was thrilled to welcome Allegra Maeso as our first summer intern. A rising senior at Northwestern University and Bay Area native, Allegra dove into a number of policy projects, providing valuable research and analysis on critical issues impacting Northern California communities. Although she was only with us for ten weeks, Allegra definitely left her mark and will always be part of the NCG family. Below is our interview with Allegra about her summer experience at NCG.
The recently finalized “public charge” rule forces families to choose between basic necessities, such as food, housing, and health care, and their future. NCG is proud to join 25 other California foundations in signing a letter urging the entire philanthropic community in California to join us in our recommitment to creating the inclusive California we know is possible, and to support advocacy and direct services organizations fighting to create safe and thriving communities across our state in the face of this new “public charge” rule.
For funders interested in making their dollars work harder, Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs has a simple proposition: Look inland. In California cities, like Stockton, Fresno, and across the Central Valley and Inland Empire, individuals and organizations face greater difficulty attracting philanthropic dollars than more funder-dense regions like the Bay Area and Los Angeles. We need look no further than Solano County to see the beginning of great disparities.
“This collaboration enables us to provide Bay Area nonprofits with resources needed to ensure the people in our region are counted accurately,” said Ellen LaPointe, president and CEO of Northern California Grantmakers. “We are proud to be working with local community partners to get the job done.”
Hurrican Dorian devastated the Bahamas and is currently threatening the southeastern United States. Check out strategic giving resources, learn how to help, and get information on how Philanthropy California can support your giving.
There’s nothing natural about the suffering that follows disasters because it doesn’t have to be that way. Philanthropy can proactively invest in hazard mitigation and preparedness efforts to lessen the impacts of disasters.
Beginnings are important experiences; we are excited, fresh, and impressionable. As employers, onboarding is our opportunity to demonstrate what it means to be a part of our community, while inviting new individuals in to join us.
Cristina Huezo is a Director at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI). As a part of our Member Spotlight Series, Cristina spoke to NCG's Communications Manager, Kayla Ballard about being a Bay Area Native, Run TMC, the CZI Community Fund, and why she is on a mission to create pathways to the American Dream.