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NCG Blog
Jun 2, 2022

NCG Expands Efforts to Secure an Equitable Climate-Resilient California

by Alan Kwok, PhD., Director of Climate and Disaster Resilience, Northern California Grantmakers and Philanthropy California


Climate change is here to stay. Although what’s needed seems endless as the impacts will worsen in the coming years, I am hopeful. Since joining the sector four years ago, I have seen an increasing number of funders exploring new ways to address climate change.  

Announcement/Press Release
May 31, 2022

Krystle Chipman Takes Giant Leap towards Creating an Inclusive Economy

It is with bittersweet emotions and heartfelt support that NCG wishes farewell to NCG's Collaborative Philanthropy Coordinator, Krystle Chipman, as she closes this chapter and begins a new one.

NCG Blog
May 18, 2022

NCG Mourns the Passing of Our Beloved Office Mom, Jenny Chinn

It is with great sadness that NCG announces the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Jenny Chinn. Jenny joined the team 18 years ago and held the longest tenure of anyone ever to have worked at NCG. During that time, she became the backbone of the organization – a steady, cheerful source of support for everyone who got to work with her. Her official title was Senior Operations Manager, but we often referred to her as our office mom.  

NCG Blog
May 12, 2022

Keeping Partner Trust: A Support System for Nonprofit Arts Organizations

by Tamara Mozahuani Alvarado, Program Officer, Local Grantmaking Program, David and Lucile Packard Foundation & Chair, Arts Loan Fund

My first executive director position was with MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana in San Jose, CA. I distinctly remember the day I started, it was May 7th, 2003 and I had just taken on the role with all the energy and confidence of an almost 28 year old, artist and recent youth center leader can and should have. 

NCG Blog
May 12, 2022

What We're Reading: Community Safety Edition

by Jennie Agmi, Daniel Lau, and maisha quint, The Libra Foundation

When we ask our grantees what they want for themselves, their families, and their communities, they often say one word: safety. That is why – during a time when the national conversation on solutions to harm is embroiled in heated debate – our guiding star continues to be organizing towards interventions that center safety outside of the carceral punishment system. 

NCG Blog
Mar 31, 2022

What We're Reading: Workplaces of Belonging

The personal is political. These past two years have made that abundantly clear. NCG’s Leadership, Culture, and Community team also knows that the professional is often deeply personal.

NCG Blog
Mar 10, 2022

What We’re Reading: Healing Justice Edition

by Alice Y. Hom and Melissa Nop, Northern California Grantmakers

Working in racial equity and social justice in the philanthropic sector is challenging because the “personal is political,” and there often feels like no break from our 9-5 roles. We don’t get to take off our skin or the grief we feel in our bodies from the years of oppression of racism that our people have endured.

CEO Corner
Feb 24, 2022

Building a Win on Equity: Philanthropy’s Investment in Equitable Recovery Can Help California Govern for All

This is a governance moment. We can master governing for all people by bringing a racial equity consciousness to every aspect of how government does business. We have an unprecedented opportunity to strengthen our democracy by fully activating our multiracial population and building a nation where everyone participates, prospers, and reaches their full potential.