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Let's Talk About Orlando

Friday, June 17, 2016

The recent attack in a nightclub in Orlando that killed 49 and wounded over 50 others – nearly all LGBTQ Latino/a young people – has impacted us deeply.  Many of us are still shaken by these horrific events and will remain so for some time.  We are left with questions about how to respond, how to heal, and how to support our membership in addressing the complex issues events like this again bring to the fore.

In collaboration with our colleagues at Southern California Grantmakers, San Diego Grantmakers, and The California Wellness Foundation we have organized an Emergency Call for California Funders on Tuesday, June 21st from 3:00 - 4:15 pm (PST). Presenters will include Fatima Angeles, VP of Programs at The California Wellness Foundation, along with four others who will update funders on what’s happening now in Orlando and within the LGBTQ community, and share their deep knowledge and experience in how funders can effectively address gun violence.

There is much going on in our network nationally as well.  First and foremost, our thoughts are with colleagues at the Florida Philanthropic Network (FPN) as they support Florida grantmakers in this moment. FPN has compiled a full list of resources and ways to help here.  There will be an additional national teleconference for funders co-hosted by The Forum on Wednesday, June 22nd 8:00 am - 9:00 am (PST) . Learn more about this teleconference here

Grantmakers who are interested in how communities and funders respond in the wake of tragedy are also invited to visit the Disaster Philanthropy Playbook. For further discussion in our region, NCG also hosts Queer Leaders in Philanthropy.

We are listening. We invite the NCG community to reach out to us with questions, share your responses, and let us know how we can support you as we all continue to grapple with the aftermath and implications of these events.

Contact Phuong Quach with questions or to share what you’re doing, pquach@ncg.org

Thank you.

Ellen LaPointe

President and CEONorthern California Grantmakers