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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, November 7, 2019 - 5:30pm

Please join the North Valley Community Foundation (NVCF) and local communities to mark the one-year anniversary of the Camp Fire that devastated Paradise and surrounding communities in Butte County, California.

Thursday, December 12, 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.

Thursday, November 14, 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.

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 1:00pm

Addressing trauma is an important goal of pediatric primary care. Screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is often considered a critical component of this goal and momentum around universal screening is growing.

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 10:00am

Currently, one in five seniors in California is living at or below poverty – the highest rate in the country. With the demographic changes underway in the State, the challenges of senior poverty are likely to increase even if this rate remains unchanged.

Resources

In an April 10th program, we heard from local leaders and nonprofits from the Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco, Napa, and Sonoma as they discussed how they are helping their communities, and what they need to be effective in disaster. Two Bay Area funders will discussed their disaster support and how it fits into their missions and broader programmatic work as well as ways that funders can support grantees and local leaders.

The culmination of a year-long collaboration between Causa Justa::Just Cause and the Alameda County Public Health Department, this report is a first of its kind combining neighborhood analysis using a quantifiable “gentrification typology,” with interviews of affected populations and public health research to present a comprehensive definition of gentrification in the Bay Area.

Philanthropy California held two urgent webinars to offer funders an up-to-the-minute briefing on local and state agency responses to the fires in Butte, Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) provides federally funded cash assistance to help low-income seniors and people with disabilities pay for housing, food, and other necessities. Check out California Budget & Policy Center's fact sheet on how SSI/SSP grants are being distributed.  

Developed with input and insights from the people of Berkeley, the Resilience Strategy is designed to articulate solutions that make our city more resilient not only to physical challenges, such as earthquakes, sea level rise, and aging infrastructure, but also to social challenges, such as racial inequity. At its core, the Resilience Strategy is about building resilience by building community. Strong connections between neighbors and lasting partnerships between community-serving organizations are vital to helping all residents, especially those most in need and historically underserved, to thrive. Berkeley’s Resilience Strategy is the launch point for several programs that foster these connections and partnerships. 

News

Thursday, September 19, 2019

For funders interested in making their dollars work harder, Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs has a simple proposition: Look inland. In California cities, like Stockton, Fresno, and across the Central Valley and Inland Empire, individuals and organizations face greater difficulty attracting philanthropic dollars than more funder-dense regions like the Bay Area and Los Angeles. We need look no further than Solano County to see the beginning of great disparities.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Hurrican Dorian devastated the Bahamas and is currently threatening the southeastern United States. Check out strategic giving resources, learn how to help, and get information on how Philanthropy California can support your giving.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

There’s nothing natural about the suffering that follows disasters because it doesn’t have to be that way. Philanthropy can proactively invest in hazard mitigation and preparedness efforts to lessen the impacts of disasters.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Not so long ago, I used the term "natural disaster" in a manuscript for a publication. My PhD supervisor shot back, “There's nothing natural about disasters.” Decades of hazard research and our frontline communities are concluding the same thing: the ever-growing frequency of natural hazards don’t need to become disasters.

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.