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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, 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, September 12, 2019 - 10:30am

Join the Arts Loan Fund as we hear from two commercial developers who have both engaged with the Oakland arts community by hosting large public meetings, encouraged dialogue with artist groups, and have made a commitment to community engagement. 

Thursday, September 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, October 10, 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.

Resources

Across the nation, artistic and cultural practices are helping to define the sustainability of urban, rural, and suburban neighborhoods. In the design of parks and open spaces; the building of public transit, housing, and supermarkets; in plans for addressing needs for community health and healing trauma; communities are embracing arts and culture strategies to help create equitable communities of opportunity where everyone can participate, prosper, and achieve their full potential. And artists are seeing themselves — and being seen by others — as integral community members whose talents, crafts, and insights pave the way to support community engagement and cohesion.

“Creating Change through Arts, Culture, and Equitable Development: A Policy and Practice Primer” highlights both promising and proven practices that demonstrate equity-focused arts and culture policies, strategies, and tools.

In 2017, Northern California Grantmakers (NCG) engaged with the membership of the Bay Area Health Funders Group (BAHFG) to refresh its purpose and structure to better support collaboration and the evolving needs of our members.

In this October 26th program, two disaster-tested philanthropic leaders shared lessons about disaster planning for funding organizations, drawing on their experiences with disasters in the Monterey area in recent years, the devastating Cedar Rapids flood in 2008, and disasters in Louisiana.

Check out this report developed by Trauma Transformed: Part 2: Measuring Change, Transforming Systems, Philanthropy at the Crossroads of Race and Trauma: Funding, Collaborating and Measuring Towards Reparations and Healing.  

 

On September 25, 2015 members of the Bay Area Health Funders Group and professionals in the Workforce and Education field, gathered to explore the implications of the ACA on the health workfoce, local community entities, and educational and health institutions.

News

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. 

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!