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Headshots of Alice Y Hom and Daniel Lau January 9, 2020

The beginning of a new year gives us a moment to think about the importance of 2020. As the census count and presidential election approach, we envision what it takes to create a decade centering equity and social justice. In this spirit, we offer some articles below that help us think about reparations, check our assumptions, reflect on the costs of social norms, and how to be media literate. We're including a couple bonus samples this month that bring in future visions while understanding our present and past conditions.

headshot of Dimple Abichandani December 19, 2019

NCG's Emily Katz asked five foundation executives—private, public, family, tech, small and large—if they’ve taken any special measures to ready themselves for the year ahead. Kicking off our series, we’ll hear from Dimple Abichandani who heads the General Services Foundation, a private social justice foundation with a call to action for the sector.

headshot of Ellen LaPointe December 19, 2019

Yesterday was a blur.  Immediately after we finally hit “send” on the announcement of my departure from NCG to become the CEO of Fenway Health in Boston I was besieged with good wishes via email and text and social media.  It felt good.  But tonight, as I sit in my living room reflecting on the day, I am feeling some sadness. I am really, really going to miss all of you.

December 19, 2019

In partnership with the staff, Ellen has transformed NCG into a critical and respected member of the Northern California philanthropic community and a thriving organization. The board holds the highest confidence in the abilities of the staff and while we hate to say goodbye to Ellen, it is clear the NCG team is well poised to enter into the next phase of its evolution.   

December 17, 2019

In her five years at the helm Ellen has overseen dramatic growth at Northern California Grantmakers, doubling its membership and tripling its budget. NCG now ranks as among the top five largest regional philanthropic associations in the nation. Leaders spoke of her outsized influence in a region with one of the largest concentrations of wealth in the world.

December 5, 2019

We are pleased to announce the appointment of

Headshot of Ellen LaPointe November 21, 2019

When I started at NCG early in 2015 I spent a lot of time listening. Like, a LOT. During close to 200 meetings in my first year, I sought to learn what was strong about our work, what members of our community wanted more (and less) of from NCG, and – perhaps most importantly – what folks needed to increase their impact and to remain connected to their sense of purpose, their agency, and their community of colleagues. The guidance I received was remarkable in its continuity – and in its vehemence.

Headshots of Alice Y Hom and Daniel Lau November 20, 2019

Welcome to a special edition of What We're Reading. We're winding down with a double dose of articles and bonus tidbits.

November 7, 2019

What do you get when you set four top-performing bankers from Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, and San Francisco on a three-week sprint to map the next leg of the Bay Area’s efforts to secure space for its prized nonprofits? A welcome strategy for shoring up resources, a gentle nudge away from the usual suspects, and a snazzy PowerPoint to show the way.

November 7, 2019

Some 30 years ago, on the steps of the Supreme Court, I made a decision that would re-route my entire communications career.  At the time, I had a good decade of professional corporate PR under my belt.  But when I stepped in front the throng of news cameras covering a protest for LGBT rights where I was the media relations volunteer, I made a spot decision to come out as gay, live, on network television.