NCG Program Materials
A nonprofit with adequate financial resources not only raises enough revenue to cover core operating expenses, but also maintains funds in reserve to buffer the organization against future uncertainty. In our third Financial Management session with FMA on May 3, 2018, we explored the importance of the right mix of financial resources in ensuring financial resilience, as well as the critical role of another resource key to a nonprofit’s success: its people. We also explored what a successful leadership team looks like and how funders can support their grantees in developing leadership capacity, especially in the finance realm.
On May 14, we brought together digital, policy, and philanthropic experts to address threats to a functioning democracy, the concrete ways to protect election integrity in the United States and around the world, and the role of funders. We met at at the Hewlett Foundation, which recently pledged $10 million to study social media and digital disinformation.
On May 10, The National Center for Family Philanthropy hosted a webinar on "Privacy, Purpose, and Public Trust: Finding a Balance", with our own Pam David as a speaker.
On May 18th, Senator Richard Pan, Chair of the Senate’s Select Committee on the Census, and Assemblymember Marc Berman, Chair of the Assembly’s Select Committee on the Census, joined NCG members for lunch and had a conversation of how to best leverage our philanthropic investments to ensure a complete and accurate count of all people in California on the Census 2020.
At the first meeting on March 14, 2018, Alex Briscoe, a consultant to the Zellerbach Family Foundation, presented a model developed in collaboration with experts in pediatrics, mental health, education, and youth development to frame and understand the complex and often fragmented safety net for children in California.
In an April 10th program, we heard from local leaders and nonprofits from the Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco, Napa, and Sonoma as they discussed how they are helping their communities, and what they need to be effective in disaster. Two Bay Area funders will discussed their disaster support and how it fits into their missions and broader programmatic work as well as ways that funders can support grantees and local leaders.
On April 16th, 2018, we hosted our 2018 NCG Annual Conference, the largest gathering of the philanthropic community in Northern California.This year’s conference, Together for Good, featured lead thinkers on the critical issues of our time, such as the role of media in upholding democracy, overcoming social inequality, and advancing narrative change. We dug deep into how philanthropy can – and must – bring to bear not only financialresources, but also our collective leadership, voice, action and empathy to really move the ball.
In our program on April 24th, The San Francisco Foundation shared the success of their program Bay Area Codes, an exciting multi-year cohort of eight tech-related organizations working to increase economic equity in the Bay Area region. These organizations seek to give low-income and youth of color access to an inclusive tech ecosystem, featuring culturally-competent computer science curriculums, mentorships, leadership development, and access to professional networks and job opportunities. This briefing showcased the development of the Bay Area Codes cohort, its progress to date, and an evaluation of the three-year tech cohort model.
In uncertain times, it’s important for nonprofit organizations to plan for contingencies and anticipate both short- and long-term needs. Financial planning, which ranges from annual budgeting to multi-year projections, is about connecting programmatic goals to resource decisions. And while a strong financial planning function is critical, many organizations struggle to assess and refine strategy on an ongoing and “adaptive” basis. In this session, we explored the skills and tools nonprofits must develop if they are to build their financial planning “muscle” and how funders can support them in this process.
In a March 15th program, we learned about a new initiative, RACE COUNTS, which presents a comprehensive online tracking tool (www.RACECOUNTS.org) that ranks all 58 counties by seven key issue areas and provides a roadmap for community leaders to focus their efforts. This program presented RACE COUNTS key findings about the Bay Area and Silicon Valley. Panelists included the community organizers who helped to co-create RACE COUNTS and who will use it to guide their organizing, as well as grantmakers who invested early in the project.