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April 6, 2017

Northern California Grantmakers joins Bessemer Trust colleagues and clients to express our deepest sympathy on the death of Paul Matthew Connolly, Director of Philanthropic Advisory Services, who passed away on March 29, 2017.

April 6, 2017

This past week, the award-winning hip hop artist and actor Common went behind the scenes in Southern California to better understand our nation’s prison pipeline, and learn from people whose lives are profoundly affected by it both on the inside and the outside.

March 30, 2017

NCG member, The San Francisco Foundation, has announced that Abdi Soltani has joined the Foundation's Board of Trustees. Soltani is the Executive Director of the ACLU of Northern California. He has been appointed to serve a five-year term.

March 29, 2017

"Our charitable and philanthropic communities are neither partisan nor bipartisan; we are nonpartisan in law and in practice. And to protect the common good, we must keep it that way."

March 16, 2017

By Larry Kramer | History is replete with examples of societies that vanished when the local climate changed. But the threat we face from climate change today is much greater than that, because it’s not local, it’s global. Human activity is changing the climate of the entire world, and the impact will be felt everywhere and by everyone—particularly those who have the least, who will be hit first and hardest.

March 16, 2017

By Surina Khan | Over the past few weeks, we've witnessed a new administration work daily to roll back rights our communities have fought hard to win, putting in jeopardy everything from immigrants' rights and economic security to educational equity and women's health.At the same time, and despite the increasingly politicized climate in the country, we are heartened to see people stepping up and taking action in the streets, online, and in the corridors of power.

March 15, 2017

This feature article by Inside Philanthropy reminds colleagues in the sector of the ongoing pressures caused by nonprofit displacement. NCG, together with The San Francisco Foundation and other partners, established the nonprofit displacement crisis as a regional issue with the release of our report last year. This article highlights the Nonprofit Displacement Project briefings and report. 

March 2, 2017

Read the piece originally published on the SSIR by NCG members Lindsay Louie and Fay Twersky from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. You can hear from Fay when she leads and interviews the panel of the Silver Linings Playbook workshop at our 2017 Annual Conference on April 17th!

March 2, 2017

NCG member, the Marin Community Foundation, published the letter, California Rising, from it's President & CEO, Dr. Thomas Peters. We whole-heartedly agree!

February 23, 2017

We have become accustomed in philanthropy to being measured and careful and thoughtful. We have hired brilliant staff and consultants to craft programs and strategies and put them in place. We have gathered evidence that our programs work and jettisoned those that don’t. But smart as we are, we have not yet broken out of the need to each have our own strategy, our own processes, our own self-imposed silos.