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Regional Vibrancy and Sustainability

Making this a place we can all call home. 

Northern California is diverse and beautiful, with a rich cultural history and commitment to social justice. We are called upon to preserve it through shared effort. Today, the region’s economic boom is deepening income disparities and displacing the very people who form the backbone of the services and cultural building blocks for safe, thriving communities.

In addition, our nonprofit and arts institutions are themselves experiencing record displacement, further eroding the vibrant character and culture that have been the legacy of our region for generations.

Preservation of our environment and the beauty of our surroundings, as well as the mitigation of climate change, are also central to the vibrancy of our region.

Defining our Terms

Regional Vibrancy. The unique and distinct character that defines Northern California: its natural beauty, human diversity, artistic and cultural richness, innovative, entrepreneurial and creative economic engine, and deep legacy of social justice. Our "heartbeat," if you will. 

Sustainability. Strengthening and preserving our region's vital workforce, diverse and rich populations, nonprofit, nonprofit infrastructure, artistic and cultural communities and institutions, and natural environment. 


Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 9:00am

Discussion theme: Climate and Disaster Resilience with California’s Tribal Communities

Thursday, December 9, 2021 - 9:00am

NCG recently announced a partnership with NCFP. Members can now have free access to NCFP's webinars and resources.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - 9:30am

About the Series


Over five million Californians rely on the resources provided by the Affordable Care Act, either to get their coverage through the Medicaid (Medi-Cal) expansion, or to get financial assistance to afford and buy a private health plan through Covered California.

The landscape is shifting.

A report prepared by JSI Research & Training Institute, titled Integrating Housing Strategies with Health: An Opportunity to Advance Whole-Person Care in California.

The Bay Area Funder Network on Trauma & Resilience supported this survey in order to create priorities and scope for this network. 


Thursday, September 16, 2021

For more than half a decade, Philanthropy Northwest, Northern California Grantmakers, Southern California Grantmakers and Catalyst of San Diego and Imperial Counties have been the recipients of unprecedented support from one foundation that saw value in regional philanthropy-serving organizations. That partner is the Satterberg Foundation. In the years since this infusion began, we’ve often chatted about how this relationship has changed us and how we need to tell its story.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

California Governor Gavin Newsom was elected in 2018 with 62% of the votes, a victory margin not seen in nearly seven decades. On September 14, 2021, California’s voters will be asked to weigh in on whether or not he should be recalled. The special election will take place on September 14, 2021 with vote-by-mail ballots being sent out starting on August 16, 2021. It is critically important that all California voters engage in this election.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

As NCG members, you now receive free access to NCFP's webinars and resources!

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

As we find ourselves in the midst of yet another devastating wildfire season, I want to share the importance of the little-known or often misunderstood community-based network known as the VOAD – Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters. A VOAD, as the names implies, is a voluntary network of nonprofits, faith-based organizations, and government entities that support efficient disaster relief and recovery efforts. Organizations and entities join their local VOAD network at their own volition and on their own dime. They join a VOAD because they understand that coming together is better than going it alone when a disaster strikes.  

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Over the last year, our work supporting COVID-19 recovery has been guided by an evolving set of principles. We've refined and captured those into seven key principles for philanthropy's support of a recovery that centers racial equity. NCG's President and CEO Dwayne S. Marsh spoke with our Public Policy Director Crispin Delgado about this new resource for philanthropy.