We join our members and peer organizations calling for support and action in response to the spike in high-profile attacks and murder of Asians in our region. Anti-Asian violence has long been a reality for Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Northern California Grantmakers affirms its commitment to addressing deeper structural causes of harm against AAPI communities, simultaneous with its focus on anti-Black racism and other forms of bias and bigotry.
If you're looking for an annual report, you've come to the wrong place.
In preparation for the first meeting, we each completed the Reflected Best Self Exercise (RBSE). So often, as a society, we focus on what needs improvement. This personal development tool is meant to help us see ourselves in our best light. Unlike traditional feedback platforms, the RBSE moves beyond self-assessment and allows those in your life to tell the stories of your best self - a true vulnerability exercise for many.
This month we’re highlighting articles around accountability, philanthro-capitalism, somatics, and the strategic power of collective organizing. We hope these articles inspire you to delve in deeply about how to be accountable and to reflect on the impact of racism and white supremacy.
Living with Disasters and Disabilities.
We asked NCG's board, staff, and membership to weigh-in on how they're balancing this question. This month we spoke with Reneé Espinoza, Director of Program Strategy, Metta Fund, who shared Metta Fund's work advancing equity in aging and what's keeping her up at night.
It’s going to take some time for me to get used to hearing a president deliver, “a cry for racial justice some 400 years in the making” – a mandate to defeat white supremacy. In philanthropy, as elsewhere, we have an extraordinary opportunity to explore and deepen anti-racist practices. How might we disrupt the flow of resources to organized actors championing White supremacist ideals? How do we channel increased resources to Black, Brown, Indigenous, and other leaders and activists upholding democracy, confronting racism, demanding economic and political inclusion? These questions animate my interview with Karen Grove, Trustee of The Grove Foundation, as we discussed her efforts to enliven the foundation’s vision: that “all people have the resources, respect and sense of belonging to live and contribute fully as themselves, in safety, and with joy.”
Acting on our ‘duty to care’
The events of the first week of January hit us hard and brought up different emotions. We quickly pivoted to curating a new list of articles to have us reflect on the history of white supremacist violence, the disparities of who gets policed, and the illusion of a democracy that isn’t for all people.
Well, it didn’t take long for 2021 to remind us that the journey back from the edge of an abyss will not be a gentle one. Last Wednesday showed us we will need to advance racial equity to achieve a functioning democracy. And if democracy fails, we cannot sustain racial equity. The insurrection at the Capitol on January 6th undermines both.