NCG Program Materials
Black communities have been particularly hard hit by the rising tide of inequality in today’s economy. Participants joined us for an exciting briefing that will feature Kimberly Freeman Brown, Sean Thomas Breitfeld, Linda Burnham and Steven Pitts, the authors of two important reports on the state of Black workers. Titled And Still I Rise and #Black Workers Matter, these two groundbreaking reports offer numerous lessons for funders who are interested in expanding economic opportunity for African American communities. We also heard from local leaders about the launch of the Bay Area Black Worker Center and other important efforts underway to address the Black jobs crisis.
While only 10% of households across the Bay Area are living in poverty, over three times more are financially vulnerable. Brand new data from CFED in partnership with Citi Community Development reveals that 35% of households in the Bay Area are liquid asset poor—they do not have enough savings to live above the poverty level for just three months should they lose a job, have a health emergency, or suffer another disruption in income. Those living in asset poverty lack a financial cushion and are unable to invest in their futures. They can’t save for education, homeownership, or retirement—things that create hope and opportunity for their family and children, and help grow the local economy.
Members gathered with their fellow family philanthropy practitioners and celebrated the closing of another year. The program had two elements: a session led by Carrie Avery and Kathleen Odne on Tackling Transitions and Avoiding Avoidance, and a Docket Tales session led by Stan Hutton and Tiffany Price over lunch.
For new grantmakers it is essential to hit the ground running by equipping themselves with the tools and best practices for making sound funding recommendations. The New Grantmakers Institute is a cost-effective, local option that develops important skills, helps build lasting peer relationships with other grantmakers in our community, and cultivates the ability to ask critical questions of ourselves and others about our role as change-makers in our communities.
Based on Corporate Citizenship’s (CC) latest global research, which draws on the insights of companies such as Amway, Unilever, Kellogg’s and Microsoft, find out to what extent companies are moving to a flagship approach, where one is focusing activities and resources in a targeted manner, and how to do it successfully. In their research, 70% of companies surveyed expect to move in this direction in the next 2 years, up from just 12% doing so today. Corporate Citizenship has identified five characteristics of such an approach that if achieved, can ensure not only the programs survival, but also that it delivers impact to society and the business itself.
When we advocate for change, frame issues, and describe our work, how do we steer clear of problematic metaphors and language that unintentionally reinforces poverty as beyond our control—or places blame on the individual?
This event showcased two funder initiatives that went beyond grantmaking to help strengthen the operations of nonprofit grantees. This event included discussions with The Wallace Foundation and Tipping Point Community as well as grantees that participated in the initiatives and capacity building partners.
On September 25, 2015 members of the Bay Area Health Funders Group and professionals in the Workforce and Education field, gathered to explore the implications of the ACA on the health workfoce, lo
How many of us have been ignited, inspired and shaken out of our own complacency by powerful stories? Would you like to tell stories that make people smile, weep, deepen partnerships and influence key audiences? San Francisco Bay Area funders gathered for this highly interactive session, facilitated by experienced storyteller and writer Suzanne Skees of the Skees Family Foundation.
AAPI communities are one of the fastest growing populations in the United States. California is home to nearly a third of the national AAPI population, and since 2008, the percentage of voters who are AAPI nearly doubled in the state.