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Regional Vibrancy and Sustainability

Building networks to sustain the fabric and culture of the place we call home.

The Bay Area economic boom is having dramatic, tectonic effects: deepening income and opportunity disparities and displacing ever-growing members of the nonprofit, arts, small business, and public sector workforce, which together form the backbone of critical services and cultural building blocks that are fundamental to safe, thriving communities.   

These same economic conditions are placing nonprofit and arts institutions themselves at higher risk for displacement, further threatening to undermine the vibrant character and culture that have been the legacy of our region for generations.  

Additionally, recent drought conditions throughout the region and state have underscored that the preservation of our environment and the beauty of our surroundings, as well as the mitigation of climate change, must be taken into account as we seek to sustain the vibrancy of our region.

As a part of our Vibrancy and Sustainability work, NCG partners with our member colleagues and other community stakeholders to strengthen and sustain the key institutions that comprise the fabric of our communities; support economic inclusion and opportunities for all residents; foster community resiliency; and strive to maintain what makes the Bay Area an exciting place to live and work. Examples include:

Events

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 9:30am

NCG's Arts Loan Fund (ALF) Steering Committee is comprised of a diverse range of Bay Area funders, who are committed to the Arts.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 10:00am

Disasters are increasing across every state and on multiple terrains including wildfires, hurricanes, mass shootings, and financial crisis.

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 10:30am

In recent years guaranteed income initiatives such as Universal Basic Income (UBI) have garnered national attention. The topic has been elevated in the national discourse by potential presidential candidates as part of their economic platforms.

Resources

When women thrive, those around them typically do, too—and when they struggle, so do others. Yet women’s mental health and wellbeing have received insufficient

Read on to explore several resources from an August PPN Steering Committee Meeting.

Despite the recovery of the American economy and national unemployment rates at their lowest levels in years, millions of people who are willing and able to work are excluded from that prosperity.

To address the inefficiencies and challenges of entry into today’s workforce for young people and adults overcoming barriers like incarceration or homelessness, a  unique partnership that was forged in Los Angeles is being replicated in the Bay Area.  The Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise or LA: Rise bridges the gaps in service between local social enterprises, the public workforce system, and private employers to create a pathway to sustainable employment that has proven results.  

REDF, a partner and leader committed to creating employment opportunities and upward pathways for people who face the greatest barriers to work through social enterprises, is partnering with the San Francisco Foundation, Workday, the California Wellness Foundation and others to build on the achievements of LA: RISE, by bringing this innovative ecosystem model to the Bay Area.

In our program on April 24th, The San Francisco Foundation shared the success of their program Bay Area Codes, an exciting multi-year cohort of eight tech-related organizations working to increase economic equity in the Bay Area region. These organizations seek to give low-income and youth of color access to an inclusive tech ecosystem, featuring culturally-competent computer science curriculums, mentorships, leadership development, and access to professional networks and job opportunities. This briefing showcased the development of the Bay Area Codes cohort, its progress to date, and an evaluation of the three-year tech cohort model.

The Disaster Philanthropy Playbook is a compilation of philanthropic strategies, best practices, innovative approaches and lessons learned in order to guide the philanthropic community in responding to future disasters. It is designed as an interactive website which your organization can use to personalize your future disaster strategies.

News

Thursday, June 13, 2019

When we announced a few years ago that NCG would be taking up racial equity as a central part of our work we received praise, and we also encountered some skepticism. Many cautioned us that everyone seemed to be “getting into equity” and that we’d better be sure we had something distinct to add. We have taken that to heart. 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

The Bay Area’s global reputation for innovation, natural beauty, and a high quality of living can make it easy to underestimate the depth and range of needs facing many across the region.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

"I planted my first tree there," recalled Tim Bolin as he pointed to patch of burned debris where his first home once stood. Tim is a pastor at the Paradise Alliance Church in the city that has been his home for 40 years.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

We are pleased to announce that Sarah Jones will close out our 2019 Annual Conference with a curated performance!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

As of November 20, the Camp Fire has taken 79 lives and 12,637 homes. Evacuation orders have sent tens of thousands of people in the region from their homes. We will keep this site updated with information on how to help.