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

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 8:30am

Over the past year we’ve seen companies make headlines by addressing social and environmental issues with new internal policies, strategic nonprofit investments and external advocacy. But with competing priorities and pressure from stakeholders on all sides, how do corporations continue to take the high road? Join fellow corporate philanthropy professionals at the 2019 Corporate Philanthropy Institute to learn and discuss how companies are taking stands, collaborating with nonprofit partners, implementing decisions, and communicating with stakeholders in an atmosphere of fast-paced change.

Monday, December 3, 2018 - 1:30pm

Communities across the country are making progress and a positive impact on ending homelessness through partnership and collaboration.

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 2:30pm

For the past two years, the Nonprofit Displacement Project has been working to advance solutions to the growing problem of affordable space for nonprofits across the Bay Area.

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 6:30pm

There are a greater number of forcibly displaced people in the world today than at any time since the end of World War II, and the Bay Area has welcomed many of these individuals.

Resources

Presentations regarding the displacement of nonprofit organizations resulting from the effects of rising rents in San Francisco and an exploration of the strategies being implemented by the City in partnership with foundations

California saw large increases in health coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 3.7 million adults enrolled in the Medi-Cal expansion. 1.2 million Californians enrolled in subsidized insurance through Covered California, with average annual premium subsidies of $3,700.

The Resilient Oakland playbook is a strategy document developed to help our City tackle systemic and structural challenges. The playbook outlines ways we can work together to help our community can stay rooted, ensure equitable access to quality education and develop good jobs, stable housing, public safety and vibrant streets.

On August 15, the California Policy Forum together with CalNonprofits, Philanthropy California (a collaboration between Northern California Grantmakers, San Diego Grantmakers and Southern California Grantmakers), and the League of California Community Foundations presented an interactive webinar on the political landscape in California in the coming year. 

During this interactive webinar on December 6, we discussed the status of the federal budget and the implications for California’s budget, the potential impact of federal tax and budget choices on public services and systems, communities, and nonprofits, and how this all could impact the work of grantmakers and nonprofit organizations.

 

News

Monday, November 12, 2018

Northern California Grantmakers is pleased to announce that Alan Kwok has been named Disaster Resilience Director. He brings to the role years of experience in Bay Area disaster response and leadership in the emerging field of community resilience.

Friday, November 9, 2018

The Camp Fire has already burnt much of the town of Paradise, north of Sacramento, just outside of Chico. The fire has taken over forty lives and 6,500 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.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Roughly a year ago, I participated in a funders meeting about the North Bay fires, hosted by our friends at Northern California Grantmakers.

At that time, I said in jest that I planned to spend the rest of my career in an iron box in the high desert of Nevada – far away from active fault lines, nearby rivers or forested hillsides that could bloom, overnight, into terrifying oceans of fire.

Monday, October 8, 2018

A year ago today, firestorms came racing through our North Bay communities. With the immediacy of the smoke and danger to our friends and neighbors, it was hard to think about anything else. Our community responded with urgency and generosity. Donations from outside Sonoma surpassed even the local outpouring.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Study by Northern California Grantmakers examines how the fires affected a key economic driver in the region, aims to supplement research on fires’ impact.