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The Foundations of Racial Equity

Release Date: 
05/14/2021
As the movement moment that emerged in 2020 continues to expand in its breadth and importance, the entirety of the philanthropic sector wrestles with a fundamental question: what can we do that will make meaningful change in the conditions that have...

Meet the Moment: The Greatest Barrier to Racial Equity is Leadership

Release Date: 
05/13/2021
Recently, Dwayne Marsh, CEO of Northern California Grantmakers, and I were reflecting on how many foundations in our memberships are looking to change direction and move toward racial equity. In an ice-bucket-style challenge, Dwayne posted his...

What We're Reading: Criminal Justice Edition

Release Date: 
05/13/2021
This May marks the anniversary of what many have referred to as the beginning of new moment of racial reckoning in the U.S. On May 25, 2020, a world confined by a global pandemic witnessed George Floyd, a Black, 46-year-old, father, son and brother...

This Is Why Confronting Microaggressions Is so Difficult

Release Date: 
04/27/2021
On my very first week of work in philanthropy, I was tasked with hand delivering an important document to the board chair. His office was located in a big, beautiful, glassed skyscraper in downtown San Francisco. It didn’t matter that very few...

Investing in Latino-led Organizations like our Lives Depend on It

Release Date: 
04/27/2021
In California, the Newsom administration recently made a bold pronouncement that opened COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to Californians 16 years and older on April 15th — an incredible milestone after a year of challenges that fueled a renewed drive...

What We're Reading: Vaccine Justice Edition

Release Date: 
04/08/2021
The COVID-19 vaccine will help keep communities healthy and safe and holds promise to bring an end to the pandemic that has had the most severe impacts on Black, Latinx, Indigenous, AAPI, immigrant, and low-income people. Systemic racism created the...

NCG Bids Farewell to Stellar Manager Daniel Lau

Release Date: 
04/05/2021
NCG bids farewell to stellar manager Daniel Lau, who heads across town this month to join the staff of The Libra Foundation as the first initiative officer for the new Democracy Frontlines Fund where he is charged with investing in Black communities...

Meet the Moment: Demystifying Bold

Release Date: 
03/24/2021
I’ll be the first to acknowledge that I’ve arrived as NCG’s CEO on the shoulders of many others that came before me. Two of the strongest shoulders belong to my first professional mentor and a heavyweight in philanthropic circles, Joe Brooks. During...

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