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Thursday, March 30, 2017

As Northern California Grantmakers CEO Ellen LaPointe discussed in her January message, NCG is building capacity to engage in public policy work with our members, our partners, and our Philanthropy California colleagues. 

Wednesday, 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."

Thursday, 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.
Thursday, September 22, 2016

In a letter to members released this week, Northern California Grantmakers President and CEO Ellen LaPointe announced that NCG will be focusing its strategic efforts in three key areas moving forward.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Today we are announcing that NCG is embracing three areas of focus: Regional Vibrancy and Sustainability, Equity and Social Justice, and one I am honored to steward, Leadership, Culture, and Community. 

Monday, March 14, 2016
Funders of legal services bring their best thinking on how to use law to better the lives of everyone who’s got it the hardest in the region. NCG provides a home for this thinking. Members of the LSFN steering committee answered questions about legal aid and their upcoming program.
Monday, February 22, 2016
What would it take to multiply your giving sixty times this year? That’s what all of California’s foundations would have to do to match California’s state budget. Wouldn’t it be simpler to hear from our policy partners what the governor has in store and have our say on how to invest state revenues in critical programs that support vulnerable families and communities?
Monday, November 2, 2015
With election season approaching, foundations are looking for ways to make sure their staff members understand the rules regarding election-related activity for 501(c)(3) organizations. Legal staff at three NCG member foundations teamed up to give us a tutorial.
Monday, October 12, 2015
On Saturday, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that instantly registers residents to vote when they renew or obtain a new license beginning in 2016. The “New Motor Voter Act” is just one of many steps aimed at addressing California’s low election participation rate.