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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. 

Events

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 - 10:00am

It is a tremendous privilege to work with the philanthropic sector. Our member community is made up of 217 members and more than 3,500 individuals – just imagine the impact of the power, influence, and potential we can have.

Resources

In a March 15th program, we hosted a discussion with Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge about the role the philanthropy community can play in strengthening our region’s resilience to the effects of climate change, while addressing urgent regional concerns related to displacement, income inequality and more. 

It was just last October that a firestorm erupted across the North Bay in Sonoma, Napa, Lake, and Mendocino Counties. The most destructive in California history, the fires took lives, homes and livelihoods.

Congress is considering partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through budget reconciliation. From the Urban Institute, click on, or select, a state to access a fact sheet exploring the coverage implications for California and states across the country. 

The impact of the COVID-19 outbreak is far reaching, including major implications for non-profits and the communities that they serve.

We enter this new landscape showing steady growth in every area. The accomplishments in NCG's 2016 Annual (Not)-Report depict an organization ready to face the challenges ahead. Our collective impact is far greater than if we were going it alone. We are Together for Good.

News

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

This is not the New Year’s message I was hoping to write. There was a moment this fall when things started feeling like they might just fall into place. We saw progress on the pandemic, and it felt like 2022 might herald a fresh beginning. But reality intervened, as it tends to do.

Thursday, December 9, 2021

NCG is pleased to announce our team is growing with the new addition of Melissa Nop (she/her), our Manager of Equity and Practice. Melissa has worked in philanthropy since 2017 and was most recently at Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees as a Program Associate.  

Thursday, October 21, 2021

This summer, Northern California Grantmakers began supporting the work of the Generational Recovery Fund (GRF), a pooled fund dedicated to the recovery of Bay Area youth, with a focus on supporting Black, Indigenous, and People of Color youth. The GRF will serve Bay Area counties for 5 years, using a participatory grantmaking model that includes youth as co-designers and decision makers. We are thrilled to announce its first round of grants, which will distribute $1.5 million to fifteen youth-serving nonprofits in San Francisco.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

No information availableI propose that what holds us back from making more dramatic transformations in philanthropy are three beliefs that we inherit and internalize from white supremacist culture. Philanthropy is another system functioning as it was designed to function – as social reproduction for the ruling class, with our failure to meet that goal engendering the risk of our being fired. Functioning in a scarcity mindset, it’s no wonder we internalize the following beliefs.   

Thursday, September 30, 2021

There will be tremendous opportunities for philanthropy to ensure investments are targeted in our most vulnerable communities at risk of climate-driven events. NCG's Alan Kwok provides an analysis of what the package will bring and what role philanthropy can play.