Racial tensions in many parts of the country have again reached a boiling point. The recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia are only the latest in a pattern of violence that is at once alarming and increasingly commonplace. Even in so-called liberal strongholds like San Francisco and Berkeley, white supremacists are organizing public demonstrations to give more visibility to their causes.
NCG Board members and their organizations are speaking out and taking action in response to Charlottesville.
At this moment, many nonprofits are facing greater fiscal uncertainty than ever before. Government funding is precarious, with budgets and priorities changing daily. However, nonprofits that have focused on capacity are faring better than most.
Like all of you, we are appalled by the displays of racism-fueled violence perpetuated by the KKK, Neo-Nazis, and similar groups that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend. We want to reiterate to our members across California that in the face of such deeply disturbing intolerance, our organizations stand together in condemning hatred, embracing diversity, and working toward just, equitable communities.
Today, NCG is once again bearing philanthropy’s voice in the region’s policy interests. NCG members are grappling with complex issues in a diverse and rapidly-changing region. We recognize that policy is a powerful tool to advance significant and sustained change and improve outcomes.
Sometimes, opportunity knocks. Other times it opens the door and lets itself in. This is the case with NCG’s recent expansion into the public policy arena.
The voice of philanthropy policy advocacy in the Bay Area returns as Northern California Grantmakers brings powerhouse attorney Cecilia Chen aboard as the organization’s first Manager of Public Policy to marshal the network’s collective power.
Last week, NCG hosted United Philanthropy Forum’s annual conference in San Francisco. Having peers in town gave us a chance to showcase lots of talent from the region (including Dr. Bob Ross, Lateefah Simon, Judy Belk, Daniel Lee and Fred Blackwell) as we pushed toward an equity framework to address persistent systemic inequality. NCG’s board chair Jeff Malloy kicked things off with a welcome that reminds us of ten excellent reasons to cherish the diverse and beautiful place we call home.
We asked NCG's board and staff to give us recommendations for this summer reading list. See what they had to say - there are still five weeks left to fit in some reading!
By Ellen LaPointe, President and CEO, Northern California Grantmakers