When we announced a few years ago that NCG would be taking up racial equity as a central part of our work we received praise, and we also encountered some skepticism. Many cautioned us that everyone seemed to be “getting into equity” and that we’d better be sure we had something distinct to add. We have taken that to heart.
Tiffany Johnson is the Program Officer at the Ken Birdwell Foundation. As a part of our Member Spotlight Series, Tiffany spoke to us about where she is inviting collaboration from NCG membership and why she's in no rush to pick what she wants to be when she grows up.
Last month, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published a new proposed rule that would prohibit “mixed-status” families from living in public, Section 8, or other subsidized housing. NCG is deeply concerned about the destructive effects this rule will have on families across Northern California.
NCG’s New Grantmakers Institute has been running nearly as long as the organization itself. We asked participants from years past what advice they would offer their future selves, thinking back on their first days in philanthropy.
The announcement came as we were pulling into our halfway point: “We’ll be stopping for about 15 minutes. We’ll also be distributing t-shirts, feel free to use this time to change.” Yes, I thought! I had been eyeing the black t-shirts with ‘Solidarity By Any Means Necessary’ in big block letters since we had gathered in Little Tokyo in Los Angeles and gotten on the bus in the wee hours of the morning.
I recently had a new head shot taken. It’s been close to 10 years since I last had a professional photograph taken of me, and well: I look a bit different. I now have an additional line or two across my forehead and my hair is sprouting a few more grays.
Amidst the daily stream of challenging news and events, this month’s list of social justice articles will provide glimpses of change, hope, and understanding. We also have a bonus article/trailer about a docuseries to spark dialogue and action.
This week, the Council on American-Islamic Relations released a report documenting over a billion dollars directed from philanthropy to anti-Muslim hate groups between 2014 and 2016, the most recent period for which publicly accessible data is available. The report is directed to mainstream philanthropy and provides a map for foundations to identify whether their funding directly or indirectly supports anti-Muslim advocacy groups. As NPR reports, the group is calling upon the sector for more accountability and oversight.
It takes a lot of time to put together a day-long conference. We think about that when we consider the other things we will not be able to do, or will have to do later.
How can we turn the tide to become a region of economic opportunity for everyone—especially members of our communities who’ve been locked out of asset-building by decades of discriminatory policies and investments? Our future housing and land use policies and investments must make it possible for low income people of color to live in any neighborhood in the Bay Area and share in the region’s extraordinary prosperity.