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CEO Message: We're So Glad We Asked

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Release Date: 
11/21/2019
When I started at NCG early in 2015 I spent a lot of time listening. Like, a LOT. During close to 200 meetings in my first year, I sought to learn what was strong about our work, what members of our community wanted more (and less) of from NCG, and...
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CEO Message | Advancing Racial Equity: Our Journey Continues

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06/13/2019
When we announced a few years ago that NCG would be taking up racial equity as a central part of our work we received praise, and we also encountered some skepticism. Many cautioned us that everyone seemed to be “getting into equity” and that we’d...
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CEO Message: Wow.

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05/02/2019
It takes a lot of time to put together a day-long conference. We think about that when we consider the other things we will not be able to do, or will have to do later.
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CEO Message: Leading with Love

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11/08/2018
My sweetheart and I were married a couple of weeks ago. We celebrated with friends and family with good food, dancing, and lots of laughter on a hilltop overlooking Tomales Bay. In the weeks leading up to our wedding the airwaves were saturated with...
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CEO Message: The New Normal

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08/16/2018
I’ve recently started a yoga practice. (OK maybe it’s a bit premature to call it a “practice,” but I have been to four classes so far, and I plan to keep going.)
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CEO Message | From Emergency Loans to Preventing Displacement: Marking a Transition in NCG’s Support of the Bay Area’s Nonprofit Sector

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06/07/2018
More than 40 years ago, changes in federal funding practices undermined nonprofits dependent on those funds to maintain steady cash flow and financial stability. To address this, a group of local funders...
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CEO Message: Where We Need to Be

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11/09/2017
There are some things you are glad to have, but hope never to have to use: A quarter for the phone booth (I know, I know – 20th century stuff). A snake for your drain. An epi pen. The capacity to respond quickly and effectively to an emergency is...

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