We’re leaping into this month with a list of articles about current events and how the past is framed depending on one’s viewpoint. Who has the power and privilege to name and frame ideas, historical events, and cultural practices? What’s our responsibility and willingness to address xenophobia, public health crises, or troubling policies? Finally, with an additional day for this month because of a leap year, we’re adding a timely bonus of census items.
In March, NCG’s President and CEO Ellen LaPointe will embark on her next great adventure leading a Boston-based LGBTQIA+ health organization. NCG’s Board is gearing up to conduct a robust and inclusive search for her successor. Here’s an update on the transition.
We learn a lot about ourselves and what we need to thrive in the earlier stages of our careers. The inaugural Rising Leaders Cohort launches this week! Participants will be part of an intimate group of peers and will be exploring themes of leadership development and racial equity, will build skills in conflict management and facilitation, and will develop an intentional career plan that can help guide them in the coming years.
I have been thinking a lot about community lately. I am moved to do so by several things: the quality, character, and noise level of the current public discourse concerning policy and politics, the ongoing challenges people living in the Bay area and beyond navigate daily as they strive to live into their full potential, and the way my heart is beating as I contemplate leaving a place I have lived for over twenty-seven years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of