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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

Upcoming Policy programming coming soon.

Resources

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.

On March 8, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R.

Just three days into office, Governor Newsom offered a bold vision for the state rooted in a commitment to a “California for all." In his proposed 2019-2020 budget, the Governor calls for a series of bold and smart investments intended to broaden economic security and opportunity for Californians

The changing demographics and political attitudes of the Central Valley - a traditionally conservative region of California - demand new strategies for community and civic engagement.

News

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. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Your voice matters — join us in standing up for our deepest values and for all of our communities. 

Thursday, August 30, 2018

On August 13, the Senate and Assembly Select Committee on the 2020 Census, along with the Assembly Select Committee on the Non-Profit Sector, convened for a joint informational hearing on the 2020 Census.