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Northern California Grantmakers members are grappling with complex issues in a diverse and rapidly-changing region. We recognize that policy is a powerful tool to advance significant and sustained change and improve outcomes. We believe we have a mandate to advocate for policy-based approaches to achieve shared goals.

NCG has appointed a Policy Committee (listed right) to advocate for smart, effective policies to advance shared impact goals. The committee will tap NCG staff, collaborators, and expert advisors to educate policy makers and thought leaders about the value of philanthropy, and catalyze engagement and collaboration between NCG members, public officials, foundations and community stakeholders to advance policy-based approaches to achieving the change we seek in the world.

Through our policy work, NCG seeks to:

  • Equip our member community with tools, information, and skills to strengthen advocacy and policy capacity and engagement within their own philanthropic institutions and in the nonprofit organizations they support.
  • Build enduring relationships of trust between philanthropy and policymakers.
  • Support policy-based efforts to strengthen and protect the philanthropic sector.
  • Collaborate with members, local community partners, and statewide collaborators to advance policy initiatives that address targeted local and state issues.
  • Respond effectively and collectively to proposed policies that are contrary to shared values, principles, and goals.

The following goals guide us in our policy work:

Goal 1: Ensure the laws and policies governing the philanthropic ecosystem maximize the delivery of social good.

Goal 2:  Expand economic security for individuals, families, and communities across Northern California.

Goal 3: Advance and promote the rights of historically marginalized communities in Northern California, including communities of color, low-income communities, and immigrants and refugees.

Goal 4: Leverage collective efforts to advance a statewide policy agenda as part of Philanthropy California. 

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Events

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 10:00am

The California Association of Nonprofits recently helped introduce California bill AB 1712, which would mandate greater transparency around donor advised funds (DAFs) through annual reporting requirements, promoting best practices, and requiring minimum annual distributions.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 10:00am

How do we move a cross-racial set of voters toward believing in and fighting for racial and economic justice? How can narrative change bring us closer to advancing shared opportunity and prosperity for all Californians?  

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 2:00pm

Judicial independence may be the most consequential — though least visible and discussed — long-term threat to a well-functioning American democracy. The partisan political climate in the U.S.

Resources

What is a commutation?

A commutation to the governor is sometimes a person’s only hope for freedom. Advocates, family members, and those serving Life Without Parole and lengthy sentences are hoping Governor Newsom continues Govenrnor Brown’s legacy of granting commutations.

The following criminal justice reform bills are still moving forward in the legislature in 2019. This mid-summer legislative update is brought to you by the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.

Schools and Communities First is a historic effort to reform Proposition 13 and restore over $11 billion a year for services that all Californians rely on like schools and community colleges, social services, libraries, and health clinics. Conceived and championed by those communities most impact

The United States Census is conducted every 10 years in accordance with the U.S. Constitution. It is the most expansive peacetime exercise of the federal government as it aims to count every single resident living in the entire country.

News

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Census and redistricting – two sides of the same coin. Both take place every ten years and both are integral to determining how each Californian is represented at the federal, state, and local levels. In California, our groundbreaking independent redistricting process offers everyday Californians the opportunity to participate in and shape a fundamental part of our democracy.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

When NCG stepped into the policy space two years ago, we did so knowing that it would require us to be bold and lean deeply into our mission to bring philanthropy together to build healthy, thriving, and just communities. With the 2020 election around the corner, there is much at stake for California and our region. There has never been a more appropriate or important time for philanthropy to be advocating and using its voice in service of building a Better California for all.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Last month, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published a new proposed rule that would prohibit “mixed-status” families from living in public, Section 8, or other subsidized housing. NCG is deeply concerned about the destructive effects this rule will have on families across Northern California.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Thank you to all of our members who joined NCG’s Protecting Families Campaign and lifted up their voices in opposition to the harmful and unnecessary “public charge” rule that would worsen the well-being, health, and stability of millions of children and families.