A year ago today, firestorms came racing through our North Bay communities. With the immediacy of the smoke and danger to our friends and neighbors, it was hard to think about anything else. Our community responded with urgency and generosity. Donations from outside Sonoma surpassed even the local outpouring.
Our members have been asking for an easy way to explain what NCG does. From time to time, they’ve also asked which services come with their membership and which cost more.
At our best, communications staff at Northern California Grantmakers’ member foundations tell the stories that advance social progress while making philanthropy’s work understandable and accessible to the people who rely on it. To reach our highest aspirations, practitioners need support overcoming professional barriers unique to their work.
Steve Cohen leads the Bay Area Democracy Funders and is an advisor of the Cow Hollow and SLC Giving funds at The San Francisco Foundation. As a part of our Member Spotlight Series, Steve discussed areas...
Study by Northern California Grantmakers examines how the fires affected a key economic driver in the region, aims to supplement research on fires’ impact.
NCG members looking to learn more about philanthropy’s response to Hurricane Florence are encouraged to attend a joint briefing by the Center for Disaster Philanthropy and the South Eastern Council on Foundations this...
Yesterday someone from San Francisco said to me “Wow…it’s been a year since the North Bay wildfires.” I quickly blurted back, “you mean 11 months.”
When I took the job as Executive Director of the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, I really did not appreciate how different it was going to be from being the Director of the SF Mayor’s Office of Community Development. Sure, I had an understanding of community needs and public sector grant making, and I was comfortable in a leadership position in community and local government. What surprised me was how isolating it can be to head up a family foundation.
On August 13, the Senate and Assembly Select Committee on the 2020 Census, along with the Assembly Select Committee on the Non-Profit Sector, convened for a joint informational hearing on the 2020 Census.
Foundations often have underutilized talent and insight into the very issues they’re working to address — in their own staff. Entry- and mid-career staff are the most diverse in the field, and are often the most-unwedded to standard operating procedure.