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March 14, 2016
Funders of legal services bring their best thinking on how to use law to better the lives of everyone who’s got it the hardest in the region. NCG provides a home for this thinking. Members of the LSFN steering committee answered questions about legal aid and their upcoming program.
March 7, 2016

Jim Hickman's vision is to help patients who come most frequently to East Bay emergency rooms get access to a wider array of services and community-based providers. Jim shares his unlikely path from Rock The Vote to end-of-life questions and Better Health East Bay's big bet.

March 2, 2016
"Philanthropy is replete with complex tensions that must be held to do it well—for example, the pressures to be objective AND be empathetic, to be polite and nice AND to speak truth, to be efficient AND transformative. We face great complexity in the problems we’re trying to address, and yet we must be accountable and results-oriented... Heart of Philanthropy provides a safe space among colleagues to talk about these kinds of things."
March 1, 2016

It’s time for March Madness. For those of us who follow college basketball, this is the month when we talk endlessly of brackets and spreads and Cinderella stories and dynasties and upsets. We fall in love, we berate, we despair, and we exult–in game after game. In the end, only one team pulls off the six consecutive wins necessary to be named champion. Those of us who follow trumpet our victory or lick our wounds, vow to resume our diets, heave a sigh of relief that it’s over, and ultimately return to the routines of daily life. All in good fun–unless you lose big in the pool, of course.

February 29, 2016
Northern California Grantmakers welcomes three new board members to unite in shared purpose.
February 8, 2016
Rare is the program officer whose passion for philanthropy is driven by an innate love of numbers. Yet, gaining fluency in the financials can stave off the grey hairs that come with reviewing non-profits’ spreadsheets for years to come.
February 8, 2016
Admittedly, BIG DATA feels a bit intimidating. Where to start? What to do with it? How do you know if you can trust it? We've found the solution.
February 1, 2016

How will nonprofits deliver direct services in our local communities if they can no longer afford the space to do it in? Join one or more of three upcoming briefings to hear the latest data on what’s happening and to talk about what can be done.

January 26, 2016

“How can it be that people still sleep in the streets in the richest nation in the world? Dr. King would hold his head and weep. We need a new paradigm of what is morally/ethically right and wrong."

January 20, 2016
This year, we brought members together with grantees to lift the baton for Martin Luther King Jr. Day in a conversation with MLK’s counsel and speech writer, Dr. Clarence B. Jones.