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August 6, 2020

These past months, we've found ourselves returning to the same question: are our plans still serving their purpose or is there a greater opportunity made possible by the crises in which we find ourselves? We asked NCG's board, staff, and membership to weigh-in on how they're balancing this question. We'll publish their reflections in the months to come in this series on persistence and adaptivity. Glen Galaich of the Stupski Foundation kicks us off with insights, confessions from his consulting years, and a look at what he’s paying special attention to right now.

July 27, 2020

In response to Trump Administration’s memorandum to remove undocumented immigrants from the 2020 Census apportionment count, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) and Philanthropy California issued the following statement.

July 17, 2020

This month marks a changing of the guard in NCG’s policy advocacy. NCG’s Cecilia Chen is stepping down to assume a central role in efforts to end the criminalization of Black youth and youth of color in Oakland at the Oakland-based Akonadi Foundation.

July 17, 2020

Philanthropy veteran Crispin Delgado is set to take the reins leading NCG’s public policy efforts. Crispin arrives with a vision for advancing equity and social justice through an exciting policy agenda.

Alice Hom and Daniel Lau July 9, 2020

This month we’re thinking about freedom — what it means and how it manifests differently for people due to systemic racism. The articles this month address systems of oppression and highlight how intersectional analyses and coalitions help in the fight for social justice. 

June 24, 2020

The November 3, 2020 election is only four months away and, with groundbreaking ballot measures and the U.S. presidency on the table, this election promises to be one for the history books. Organizations across California are mobilizing to secure record voter turnout, particularly among voters of color, immigrant voters, and new and first-time voters. Funders are partnering to expand Get Out the Vote, voter education, election access, and more.

June 5, 2020

NCG's members are speaking up, some for the first time, about the protests, the killings, and the structural racism behind them. Several point toward organizations we can fund right now to fuel this movement. We are proud to share all of them here.

June 5, 2020

We no longer have to wonder what we would have done if we’d been around at the peak of the civil rights movement. Whatever it is, we will be doing it now. These words ring from our conference. 

Alice Hom and Daniel Lau June 4, 2020

Our hearts and minds are with Black communities and the articles this month address the protests against police brutality, the historical roots of systemic racism and racist policies, perspectives on democracy, and the power of coming together to heal.  

June 4, 2020

Last year, we asked a handful of leaders to reflect on how they were planning for risk in 2020. We, of course, were thinking about the upcoming elections. We invited these leaders to reflect back on their forecasts in the face of a dramatically changed reality.