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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

Friday, July 15, 2022 - 10:30am

The NCG Funders for Climate Equity network is a collaboration with Smart Growth California and the League of California Community Foundations.

Resources

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.  

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

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. 

On July 27th, the Peninsula Philanthropy Network invited members to learn from practitioners forging new approaches in philanthropy. Innovations continue to rock many aspects of professional life in the Bay Area. In the field of giving, tech-based innovations ripple through traditional practices of philanthropy, building on the region’s long history of creating and testing bold new ideas in technology, the social sector and arts and culture. The interactive learning lab immersed particpants in the concepts and methods of impact investing and human-centered design.  The panel shared their approaches, the structure of their investments and the results.

News

Thursday, June 30, 2022

We know how to solve homelessness. It’s time for Bay Area philanthropy to work together and double down on investing in and implementing the solutions we know work.   

Monday, June 20, 2022

If you're looking for an Annual Report, you've come to the wrong place. Find out what we were up to during our year of planning and doing. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

NCG is pleased to share that Viridiana Romero (she/her) is joining the team as the first-ever Manager of Strategic Initiatives. Viridiana is no stranger to the field and brings a breadth of experience from the nonprofit, philanthropic, and private sectors.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

NCG is pleased to share that our capacity to support donors and trustees is growing! Nicole Garzino (she/her) joins as the new Senior Manager for Donor & Trustee Programs. Nicole brings over twenty years of experience in nonprofit management, program creation, as well as strategic planning, and Board development.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

To capitalize on the growing funder interest in Guaranteed Income, Asset Funders Network (AFN), Economic Security Project (ESP), Springboard to Opportunity and the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania co-produced a primer to highlight strategic investments funders can make to advance evidence-based GI solutions.