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Regional Vibrancy and Sustainability

symbol of a sun to represent NCG's regional vibrancy and sustainability work.

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 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, 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.

Monday, December 2, 2019 - 10:00am

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Resources

October 2018 marks the one-year anniversary of the Northern California firestorm. With funding from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Northern California Grantmakers commissioned Learning for Action, an independent San Francisco-based research firm, to conduct this study to understand the extent of the fires’ impact on the arts community in the three most affected counties: Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino.

The study, North Bay Fired and the Arts, One Year Later, draws upon quantitative and qualitative data collected in each of the three counties from individual artists affected by the fires and from arts organizations serving the region.

A report issued last year by the Bay Area Black United Fund - Black-Led Organizations (BLOs) in the Bay Area: From Crisis to Change- noted that BLO’s which are lifelines to low-income Black communities are especially vulnerable due to a cumulative lack of resources to support growth, best-in-class systems, training and leadership development. Connections to mentors, coaches, experienced consultants, and other resources to assist with succession planning, board recruitment and the implementation of earned income strategies have been identified as keys to improving the sustainability of Black-Led Organizations and the communities they serve.
Resources from the briefing program include presentation, reports, profiles of Black-led organizations, and a description of the partnership opportunity.

Check out Health Access California's victories of 2016, including Health4All, advancing legislation for patients’ rights and transparency against unfair costs, and pursuing administrative advocacy to keep insurers accountable.  

Take a look at updates on the current state of health care. 

In an October 4 Webinar, we introduced funders to new efforts in California to reimagine democracy at the local level. These new tools for community power and democracy are broadening political participation for traditionally disenfranchised groups, expanding civic engagement beyond elections, and creating new platforms for making government more responsive, accountable, and equitable.

News

Thursday, November 7, 2019

What do you get when you set four top-performing bankers from Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, and San Francisco on a three-week sprint to map the next leg of the Bay Area’s efforts to secure space for its prized nonprofits? A welcome strategy for shoring up resources, a gentle nudge away from the usual suspects, and a snazzy PowerPoint to show the way.

Friday, October 25, 2019

The Kincade Fire broke out on the night of Wednesday, October 23, 2019, in rural Sonoma County. Since then, the fire has forced thousands of people to evacuate in the county.

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.

Satellite photo of Hurricane Dorian
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.

Headshot of the blog author, Alan Kwok
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.