At the end of last year, we announced the departure of Ellen LaPointe as president and CEO of Northern California Grantmakers. When she left the organization on February 28, little did we know how much would change for our organization, our region and the world in the weeks that followed.
More than ever, the focus on equity and social justice is needed during this time. April finds us physically distancing ourselves and for some communities the challenges are not new, just exacerbated with life-and-death consequences. The articles this month highlight the impacts of COVID-19 on vulnerable communities and how we need to re-think care, who does the care work, and why do disparities exist.
This brief on COVID-19 testing is designed to support philanthropic discussion and aid in the coordination of the sector’s response. Philanthropy California offers a series of policy issues for consideration and action.
The Arts Loan Fund has announced a COVID-19 Emergency Loan to support arts and culture nonprofits and fiscally sponsored organizations in the eleven Bay Area counties.
Three weeks ago, the two of us stepped into our new roles as acting Co-CEOs of Northern California Grantmakers. That was the same day the world learned we would need vigorous hand-washing and distance to protect each other and everyone in our community from a new rapidly spreading virus. A most unusual start in our roles. But, then again, these are most unusual times.
Anxiety and fear are the body’s biological impulse to keep us safe. This fear is not purely personal, given my privileges of age, ability, proximity to resources, what science tells me. It is fear for my beloveds and all who do and will suffer: my elder parents, 3,000+ miles away; family members working in healthcare; loved ones who live with respiratory illnesses, diabetes, and immune-compromising conditions; neighbors and colleagues, laborers in the service industry and gig economy; and the countless numbers of us, known and unknown, who cannot access quality healthcare.
Studying public health, I learned that we are all as safe as the most vulnerable person in our communities. Viruses don’t care how rich or poor you are, or about the color of your skin: but our response to this crisis should take all of those things into consideration. The many interventions sparked by the COVID-19 outbreak, while essential and welcome, prioritize disease containment and the stabilization of a volatile economy over ensuring solutions that are rooted in equity and lift up those who most need it.
How can philanthropy best strengthen organizational resilience? To find out, Alan Kwok spoke with Ana-Marie Jones, who has spent her career transforming organizations with her leadership on readiness, preparedness, and disaster response. Ana-Marie is supporting Philanthropy California's work in creating a California that is ready to respond to disaster while advancing equity and justice in the most vulnerable communities. Read the Q&A below to learn more about our work internally with our state-wide membership.
March is about “springing forward” and with the daylight savings time, we’ll have more light to read articles that help us understand and interrogate systems that keep people from educational materials, financial capital, and basic care and support. Let’s pay attention to structural and institutional policies that don’t serve the collective well-being of our communities.
If you’re looking for an annual report, you’ve come to the wrong place. But then, who looks for annual reports anymore? If you’re into joy, it was a good year to be part of NCG.