Our state is great because of the strength we draw from our diversity, including the 10 million immigrants who live here. Immigrants and their families are our classmates and colleagues, our neighbors, and family members. No matter where someone comes from and regardless of citizenship status, we are stronger when we work together, find new ways to deal with old challenges, and ensure that everyone has the opportunity to pursue their dreams.
Mayor Michael Tubbs recently spoke with NCG in preparation for an upcoming Stockton Reinvention Tour for funders. Mayor Tubbs was elected in 2016 in a landslide victory with 70% of the vote. Since then, Stockton has become the second most fiscally-healthy city in the state and has innovated new programs like a basic universal income pilot, which guarantees a monthly income of $500 to a segment of Stockton residents, and Advance Peace, which is a gun violence prevention program that pays those most likely to commit gun-related crimes.
NCG member Sonia Gonzales recently announced her departure from the California Bar Foundation. Thank you for your dedicated work, Sonia! The NCG community wishes you all the best. Take a look at her community letter discussing her departure.
The Bay Area’s real estate boom is on full display from our office windows. The dizzying new Salesforce tower gleams over the city, and smaller skyscrapers are quickly sprouting up in the blocks around it. Across the Bay, Oakland is seeing historically low office vacancy rates and, like San Francisco, skyrocketing rents. Developers in Oakland are renovating older buildings in downtown and uptown, many that have housed nonprofits, to convert into Class A office properties. All of this construction will create new market rate office space and will likely continue to attract more companies to our region.
Last fall, NCG kicked off an exploration of the end-of-life care field. We wanted to see how we in philanthropy might be able to dig deeper on this issue that will inevitably impact every single one of us. Our goal is to uncover where there could be opportunities for engagement, learning, and potentially collaboration.
This year, NCG is creating a new kind of space adapted from the tech sector’s ‘un-conference’ and tracing its origins to indigenous practices of creating open space for differing views. This ‘new space’ which, for our purposes, we’ll call Idea Fest, plays off the resonant themes of the morning to generate 30 ideas that can change how we’re thinking about the opportunities before us and what we’re doing about it.
Philanthropy California voices our unequivocal support for the “Johnson Amendment” – the long-standing federal law that prohibits 501(c)(3) charitable organizations from endorsing, opposing or contributing to political candidates and engaging in partisan campaign activities. We are proud to join the diverse coalition of organizations who support the protections now afforded by the Johnson Amendment.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that corruption in politics is bad. Few will argue against stronger anti-corruption laws or more transparency on the flow of money through city hall. An important policy has been making its way through San Francisco’s legislative process aimed at rooting out corruption and strengthening the city’s campaign finance and conflict of interest laws.
Bringing together over 200 corporate responsibility and philanthropy professionals, the fourth CPI ignited rich discussions around business’ responsibility to take purposeful action in our changing world.
Here are four key highlights that demonstrate the newest trends in the industry:
To close out our conference day, Larry Wilmore will be in conversation with Wesley Morris, making sense of what it’s going to take to address the critical issues of our time.