In January 2019, Northern California Grantmakers Board of Directors and staff journeyed together to Montgomery and Selma, Alabama. Our point of inspiration was the opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery. Our shared purpose in making the trip was to reflect on the legacy of slavery and racism, draw parallels to the challenges we are facing in Northern California, and deepen our collective practice and investment in equity and social justice movements.
It’s Spring and we found fresh takes on enduring subject matters. The April edition of What We’re Reading encompasses a range of articles tackling bias, revising what we’ve been taught in school and society, and opening up new perspectives.
"I planted my first tree there," recalled Tim Bolin as he pointed to patch of burned debris where his first home once stood. Tim is a pastor at the Paradise Alliance Church in the city that has been his home for 40 years.
I just hosted a staff meeting filled with laughter and storytelling. Howling, wipe-your-eyes laughter, and good, around-the-dinner-table connection. How did we get here? Partly by recognizing that our meetings weren’t, in many cases, places we preferred to be.
Check out our lineup for morning breakout speakers.
In accordance with Northern California Grantmakers’ bylaws, this message serves as formal written notice that the Annual Meeting of members will be held on April 23 at the San Mateo Marriott. This meeting will be a part of NCG’s 2019 Values. Vision. Voice. Conference. During the meeting, five candidates will be presented as nominees for a vote to the NCG Board of Directors.
In the March edition of What We’re Reading, we’re breaking the rules by centering under-represented communities all year long. While Black History Month has ended and Women’s History month has begun, we believe the work of equity and social justice should be shared all the time. This month you’ll find a variety of articles and a bonus video that focuses on racial equity while including other identities.
NCG’s Great Debate is returning to the main stage at this year’s Annual Conference. Two dynamic teams will vigorously argue for and against the thesis: Philanthropy has a leadership role to play in social change movements.
Inspired by the web series, Between Two Ferns, late night talk shows, and Oprah, NCG is pleased to announce a fast-paced set of afternoon breakout sessions at our 2019 Annual Conference. Marked by candor, authenticity, and good humor, each session will feature two leaders sharing their big ideas, rooted in the deep expertise that comes of lived experience. Learn more about our speakers below.