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June 15, 2022

Re-imagining an equitable region is core to NCG’s Equitable Recovery framework. Rather than a return to what once was, can we disrupt, re-imagine, and restructure what’s possible? NCG’s Public Policy Director, Crispin Delgado spoke with Kim Williams, Hub Manager at Sacramento Building Healthy Communities (Sacramento BHC) about where philanthropy can continue to step in, how to take a community-centered approach, and why movement-building needs to be at the center. Read the full conversation here! 

June 15, 2022

To capitalize on the growing funder interest in Guaranteed Income, Asset Funders Network (AFN), Economic Security Project (ESP), Springboard to Opportunity and the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania co-produced a primer to highlight strategic investments funders can make to advance evidence-based GI solutions.

June 2, 2022

We're thrilled to share that we are expanding NCG's capacity around climate and disaster resilience. Katie Oran (she/her) has joined NCG as its first-ever Climate and Disaster Resilience Fellow playing a central role in supporting the development of regional and statewide strategies.

June 2, 2022

Climate change is here to stay. Although what’s needed seems endless as the impacts will worsen in the coming years, I am hopeful. Since joining the sector four years ago, I have seen an increasing number of funders exploring new ways to address climate change.  

May 31, 2022

It is with bittersweet emotions and heartfelt support that NCG wishes farewell to NCG's Collaborative Philanthropy Coordinator, Krystle Chipman, as she closes this chapter and begins a new one. Krystle is the Creator and Founder of Discover Community Café, a space creating living wage apprenticeships for women overcoming barriers to employment, bringing opportunities for local chefs, and solidifying what it means to be at the table. 

May 18, 2022

At its essence, NCG’s work is about building community. Jenny understood this on a deep and personal level. It was in Jenny’s nature to treat everyone like family and she did that daily by creating an inviting space for staff and the NCG community.

May 12, 2022

I found myself, one day, along with my colleague Anjee Helstrup-Alvarez, now the ED of MACLA, facing a nine-month delay for a significant grant that supported the work. MACLA was subsidizing the work with no funds. The intermediary was not delivering the grant on time, nor did it seem it was going to be delivered on time in spite of repeated efforts to collect the grant funds. I became aware of the Arts Loan Fund (ALF) and after some difficult deliberation, applied.

May 12, 2022

When we ask our grantees what they want for themselves, their families, and their communities, they often say one word: safety. That is why – during a time when the national conversation on solutions to harm is embroiled in heated debate – our guiding star continues to be organizing towards interventions that center safety outside of the carceral punishment system. 

March 31, 2022

 My invitation to you, as you explore these resources, is to interrogate the role urgency plays in your life and work. Urgency, a feature and symptom of white supremacy culture, especially stands as a major obstacle to centering relationships and pausing long enough to discern our right next move with skillful means. Together, we can transform systems of white dominance, with the aim of engendering more belonging, trust, accountability, and sustained change.   

March 10, 2022

Working in racial equity and social justice in the philanthropic sector is challenging because the “personal is political,” and there often feels like no break from our 9-5 roles. We don’t get to take off our skin or the grief we feel in our bodies from the years of oppression of racism that our people have endured. As a BIPOC woman and a gender non-conforming person who work to advance racial equity, healing justice has multiple meanings and layers for us, and for BIPOC communities. We want to acknowledge the differences and be in solidarity with our Black, Brown, and Indigenous siblings who historically dealt with enslavement, genocide, and currently experience oppressions in materially different ways.