NCG Program Materials
For far too long, communities across the San Joaquin Valley haven’t had access to the same opportunities that make California golden for other regions. Inspired directly by the voices of San Joaquin Valley Health Fund partners, over 1000 San Joaquin Valley residents came to the capital to advocate for a shared policy agenda that’s an all-in approach for racial and health equity on some of the most pressing issues facing the Valley. They showed the power of funder and community collaborations with their call for “a Golden State for All.”
The program offered a case study of the Fund and how its experiences can be applied more broadly. The program examined the issues of the region, how the collaborative and fund was developed, the challenges of bringing together so many partners under one big tent, lessons learned, outcomes for the region, and opportunities for further collaboration.
We hosted two summer programs, one in San Francisco and one in the Peninsula, addressing current budget issues.
This year’s the Governor’s proposed budget presents a significantly different tone than those of the last few years. It reflects lower revenues, a $1.6 billion projected shortfall, an expected economic downturn and deep uncertainty about what the federal government will do regarding the Affordable Care Act(ACA) and other federal programs. In fact, the proposal is based on current federal policy and doesn’t account for possible cuts to the estimated $20 billion or more that California relies on for health insurance subsidies and expanded Medi-Cal coverage.
Northern California Grantmakers (NCG) and the Asset Funders Network (AFN) invited funders to hear from the Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative, the Indy Worker Guild, and the National Domestic Workers Alliance to develop an understanding of the opportunities and challenges of the gig economy. We also explored potential policy and other solutions that might support the particular needs of low-wage workers in this new area of the economy.
Advocacy is often the most effective—yet misunderstood—strategy in the philanthropy toolbox. This event helped participants to better understand their foundations' rights to fund or engage in public policy, which was led by advocacy law expert Sara Matlin from Alliance for Justice’s Bolder Advocacy project. This document is the slides from the March 9, 2017 workshop titled Funding Bolder Advocacy.
We know that grantmakers can bolster nonprofit effectiveness and results by supporting capacity-building initiatives, thus ensuring their grantees have what they need to deliver on their missions over the long haul. As part of GEO and NCG’s partnership, we’re happy to offer this dynamic and comprehensive workshop, which tackles the essential questions that drive the design of effective capacity building support. Developed with information and insights gathered over many years of working with grantmakers on this topic, A New Vision for Comprehensive Capacity Building takes participants on a deep dive into understanding what matters most when it comes to building a successful capacity building program.
After a long and ugly ride, what are the key takeaways from the election? Where will these results take us? And what are the long-term strategies that will fuel the growing movement for a direct and participatory democracy?
In this session we explored voter turnout and behavior among key voting blocks, moneyed interests, electoral reforms and other democratic trends in California and nationally with our distinguished guests, Karen Hobert Flynn, Anne Johnson and Mindy Romero.
A report issued last year by the Bay Area Black United Fund - Black-Led Organizations (BLOs) in the Bay Area: From Crisis to Change- noted that BLO’s which are lifelines to low-income Black communities are especially vulnerable due to a cumulative lack of resources to support growth, best-in-class systems, training and leadership development. Connections to mentors, coaches, experienced consultants, and other resources to assist with succession planning, board recruitment and the implementation of earned income strategies have been identified as keys to improving the sustainability of Black-Led Organizations and the communities they serve.
Resources from the briefing program include presentation, reports, profiles of Black-led organizations, and a description of the partnership opportunity.
Before collaboration became the latest philanthropic buzzword, many grantmakers were already collaborating in ways both large and small around shared concerns or core issues and beliefs. This workshop explored the action steps grantmakers can take to build a culture that leads to successful collaboration.
In this workshop, Program Officers will gain an understanding of how to engage in a dialogue with grantees to identify their capacity for fiscal strategy around complex issues.