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As Calls Mount for Ceasefire, Philanthropy Struggles to Find its Voice

NCG is sharing philanthropic resources and relief efforts that are helping with the short- and longer-term issues in response to the escalated violence in Palestine and Israel.  

Northern California Grantmakers recognizes we are witnessing a key moment in the history between Palestine and Israel. The violence is not occurring in a vacuum and this moment requires us to deepen our analysis. The fear, heartbreak, and trauma surrounding this crisis is generational, deeply polarizing, and challenges finding a resolution. But action is critical as the situation in Gaza worsens by the hour, leading to mounting calls for an immediate ceasefire. The human cost of the past weeks is almost unfathomable, and we fear what is to come if the violence continues. Given this, the volume of conversation in our sector has not matched the severity of the issue.  

NCG is here to support philanthropy in finding its voice as we and many others in the sector are struggling to do so. The clearest immediate actions philanthropy can take are to learn, use its institutional voice to prevent further violence, and provide resources that support humanitarian aid.  

We have compiled the following resources to share action items, promote education around the crisis, address harmful narratives, and provide funding options that have emerged thus far. As we identify more resources that can support your institution’s journey, we will update this list. 

By no means is this an exhaustive list of the conversation in philanthropy; rather we hope to offer you this sampling to help you navigate the grief this moment compels and move you and your institution towards courageous action: 

Philanthropic National Sign-on Letters

Voices from Philanthropy 

Philanthropic Funds