Despite the historical inattention to the needs of trans communities from mainstream philanthropy, I am grateful to a small group of plucky, pioneering transgender-led funders like the Trans Justice Funding Project (TJFP), the Third Wave Fund, and Borealis Philanthropy’s Fund for Trans Generations, who have charted a path for many more funders can learn from today.
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. Pedro Arista, Director at Hirsch Philanthropy Partners, joined us to share what inspires him to do this work and what's exciting him about the sector.
By Alice Y.
NCG is pleased to welcome Nephthali Ramirez as its Programs and Communications Contractor. As a part-time contractor, Nephthali's support to the team comes as NCG is expanding its virtual programming. If you have not already, you will be seeing her at all of our future events. To get to know her better, Nephthali shared some details about what has led her here
The places we call home, their streets, smells, sounds, and sights, shape our opportunity for a fair shot at a long and healthy life. I grew up in the shadows of greatness, in the city of pride and purpose, Richmond, California. During WWII, it was a busy port between San Francisco and Sacramento, home to the Kaiser shipyards. It was also home of Rosie the Riveter, the female empowerment icon.
A new season is upon us and September has us witnessing grief, diving deep on the connection of law enforcement and white supremacy, and envisioning life where all of one’s identities are affirmed and celebrated. Take a bit of time to reflect on these examples of power, activism, and questions about bridging activism and law enforcement, white supremacy, workplace issues, LGBTQ and Black Lives Matter in this month's selections.
This month, President and CEO Dwayne S. Marsh has officially taken the reins from Steve Barton and Phuong Quach, senior staff who’ve served as NCG’s interim leaders for the past six months. The three took turns answering questions about the moment in which we find ourselves and the possibilities ahead. As the interview was drawing to a close, Dwayne paused to check if we were going to address race explicitly. And so, signaling the new future into which we are stepping, we did.
We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to turn this moment of focused attention, collective commitment to social justice, and unprecedented wealth into big, lasting change for communities hardest hit by the triple crises of racism, COVID-19, and the state’s wildfires. Working hand in glove with the governor’s office, philanthropy’s nimble capital can go where it’s needed most: to prevent nature’s hazards from becoming human disasters. Generations of disinvestment in communities of color, especially Black and Latinx communities, has left them in the deadly crosshairs of natural hazards. Funders have relational, political, and financial capital, ready to deploy.
We asked NCG's board, staff, and membership to weigh-in on how they're balancing this question. Darnell Cadette, Director, Community at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative joins us to share more about the launch of NCG's newest network, the Bay Area Homelessness Funders Network, and what he's learning about the broader movement of the moment we're in.
We asked NCG's board, staff, and membership to weigh-in on how they're balancing this question. Jackie Downing of Crankstart joins us to share more about the launch of NCG's newest network, the Bay Area Homelessness Funders Network, and how she's thinking about persistence and adaptivity right now.