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CEO Message: An Invitation to Authenticity

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

As we say goodbye to summer and move into a busy fall season, I’m excited by the many opportunities we will have to connect with colleagues, discuss the issues with which we are grappling, share triumphs and learnings, strengthen our relationships as we explore possibilities for collaboration, and reignite our individual and shared sense of purpose and agency in our work.

One of the most exciting of these is the annual Corporate Philanthropy Institute (CPI) on September 21. Developed and presented in partnership with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, CPI brings together a community of people working in the corporate sector who are committed to finding innovative ways to leverage their business, human, and philanthropic resources to help the communities with which they are engaged to thrive. We are especially delighted that the Institute for the Future will be joining us this year to forecast the impact of global trends on philanthropy.

This year's theme–Authenticity–resonates especially strongly for me, as it embodies exactly the philosophy and approach NCG is committed to taking as we move forward. CPI will examine how corporations are finding ways to engage thoughtfully and deeply–alone and in partnership with public sector, nonprofit, and other business sector stakeholders – to address some of the most challenging issues of our time, including poverty, racism, income inequality, and environmental change. 

CPI will offer participants the opportunity to deepen their relationships with one another, make new connections, and for all of us to collectively strengthen the community of people and institutions working in corporate-sector philanthropy who live and work in Northern California. This is the connective tissue of our work that strengthens us, and enables us to function better as a whole.

In short, CPI exemplifies exactly the kind of experience NCG is committed to creating in partnership with our members, and with other business, government, and community leaders in our region to enable individuals, families, and communities to thrive in Northern California.  We will be creating more opportunities like this and in other ways in the months and years to come. 

So we hope you will join us on September 21. As always, I invite your questions, reflections, and feedback about the event. In the spirit of authenticity and candor and partnership, I always appreciate hearing what’s on your mind and whether these themes are resonating for you.