Public Policy Events

Monday, May 21, 2018 - 12:00pm


Join Ellen and the NCG team as we embark on a day of learning, policy, and community – with lots of laughter sprinkled in – at our state capitol.  Philanthropy California’s annual Philanthropy in Sacramento Day is a special event bringing together our state’s elected officials with leaders of our sector. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 9:30am

The federal budget season kicked off in high gear with the release of presidential priorities in March. While the federal budget is far from being finalized, the anticipated impact may be widespread across housing, transportation, health, arts, workforce, immigration, and many other areas. How will cuts impact public service, communities and nonprofits? Given that philanthropy will not be able to fill all of the gaps, what are the best strategies to help the region prepare and respond?

Join us as Northern California Grantmakers hosts two programs, one in our San Francisco office (June 9th) and one in the South Bay/Silicon Valley (June 15th), as we host experts, public officials, and community leaders who can help us make sense of what’s to come and how we can prepare.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 9:30am

Today, many foundations are re-examining the role they can play in addressing societies more challenging problems. As foundations embrace ever more ambitious and complex approaches for creating social change, they are taking an intentional approach to rethinking their own makeup to achieve the greatest impact. They recognize that you can’t make change “out there” if you don’t make change “in here.” Foundations are experimenting with new practices and sharing what they are learning in order to create dialogue about emerging ideas and effective practice.

In this session we will share examples of new approaches some foundations are using across four areas of practice - staffing philosophy, structure and design, skill development, and supportive culture - to foster greater connectivity, vibrancy, and engagement both internally and externally, ultimately opening up new avenues for impact.

This session will build on research conducted by FSG with the support of six funders. It will include distilled themes from conversations with 114 leaders and staff from 50 funders and 8 philanthropic services organizations. In addition, this session will provide time to connect with other local foundation staff to discuss lessons learned and challenges in adapting approaches to staffing. Check out Being the Change for a sneak peek of the research findings. 

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 10:00am

What does Health Equity mean for you?

Join the Bay Area Health Funders for a peer learning program and discussion on Heath Equity - what it means and how funders can adopt evidence based strategies that support solutions.

Monday, June 19, 2017 - 12:00pm

Join us to explore a new vision for care in America called Universal Family Care: a portable, flexible benefit that American families can access during the critical times in our lives when we need care and support. 

Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 9:00am

The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research California Complete Count team for Census 2020 invites you to the July 12th San Francisco regional convening to help build our community’s capacity to achieve a complete count during the 2020 Census.

Monday, March 11, 2019 - 9:00am

Join us for Foundations on the Hill (FOTH), a two-day event that brings together hundreds of foundation leaders from across the country to meet with Congress and discuss issues of critical importan

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 7:00pm

In her latest presentation, Notes From the Field: Doing Time in Education, Anna Deavere Smith turns her attention to “the school-to-prison pipeline.” Her new piece delves into this issue through performance of striking portraits culled from interviews she conducted with nearly 100 individuals in northern California and elsewhere in the nation, affected by the pipeline’s devastating policies—capturing the dynamics of a rapidly shifting social issue through her trademark performance technique. In the second act of the show you become the performer through dynamic conversations and become active agents of change.

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 2:00pm

Of the many causes for worry, pressures on the elderly in our region rarely find their way to the top of the list. Nonetheless, the same inequities driving hardship today only worsen with age. Our region’s increasing poles of wealth and poverty and racial disparities mean people getting older will need thoughtful action now if we are to build the kind of inclusive participatory communities we value.

Our thoughtful panel brings expertise to a custom-crafted discussion for funders of many stripes. This briefing will equip members with thoughtful insights into the ways that inequity plays out as we age across economic justice, racial equity, asset building, women’s issues, workforce development, and social determinants of health.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 10:00am

The East Bay Community Foundation, Asset Funders Network, and Northern California Grantmakers invite you to attend the Inclusive Economy Learning + Action Series for funders, donors, policy makers and practitioners concerned about the future of low and middle wage workers in the region, many of whom are people of color, immigrants, and those impacted by the justice system.