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See You at the 2024 Annual Conference!

2024 Annual Conference Imagine & Act


Together for Good. It’s been more than a tagline to us. In these intense and turbulent times, we understand that no one aspect of philanthropic practice can be done alone, especially when it comes to addressing the critical issues facing our communities that philanthropy has pledged to support. 


As CEO, I am privileged to bear witness to the power building and potential impact there is in this network, particularly when we combine our thinking, strategies, and commitments to advance a more equitable future for Northern California residents. There may be no better evidence of this than the NCG Annual Conference, especially now that we have returned to meeting in person. Many of you have experienced this firsthand - you know when we learn and build together - the results can be powerful. This is a culmination of the work of NCG staff, our members, and partners over the past year – an emphatic punctuation of the work we’ve been driving together and a preview of the work ahead.  

Last year was an amazing return to in-person learning and networking at Yerba Buena Center of the Arts, and this year promises to be even better. 

Slated for Tuesday, June 18, 2024 in Downtown Oakland at the Oakland Marriott City Center, this year's conference theme, Imagine & Act, resonates deeply with the current landscape of philanthropy.  How can we envision philanthropy not as it is, but as it could be at its best? How do we develop practices, tools, and ways of being that truly serve the cause of freedom and equity? These questions form the cornerstone of our conference discussions. Headlined by incredible thought leaders including: Malkia Devich-Cyril,  Maurice Mitchell,  Aimee Allison, and Michael Tubbs, our goal is to inspire attendees to envision bold pathways towards a more equitable future and equip them to turn those visions into reality. 

In addition to some sensational breakout sessions to complement the main stage, we are acknowledging the power of the conference’s timing (Juneteenth) and location to make the connection between the arts and social movements. We are also working with two Oakland art organizations to feature the work of Oakland artists, poets, and writers, including The Center for ArtEsteem and Chapter 510

My mission is simple - make sure no one misses a conversation that promises to provide inspiration and energy to our efforts, connect people of shared values, and unearth promising practices. We’ve had 19 new members join since the beginning of 2023 so it’s also a chance to make new relationships and partnerships as well.  

Here’s hoping you don’t miss out on what promises to be a remarkable day. You canRegister or be in touch with our Conference team with questions or to get more details. See you there! 

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