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

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 1:00pm

At our next Funder Network on Trauma & Resilience meeting, we will discuss different approaches to defining and measuring success in the field of childhood adversity. Funders and  non-profits will share successes and challenges related to measurement and attendees will get a chance to reflect on a common question in this space: how do we define success in addressing childhood adversity and what might success look like? Additional information and speakers coming soon

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 12:00pm

Join NCG Book Club for a discussion of The Lime Twig by John Hawkes. Bring your lunch and an appetite for conversation! 

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 10:00am

Please join NCG for our next regional working group meeting related to the 2020 Census.  Many sectors from philanthropy to government are mobilizing to ensure a fair and accurate Census count.

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 10:00am

Collective Impact is one of those buzzwords that you often hear in our sector. Since the publication of the article Collective Impact in the winter 2011 edition of the Stanford Social Innovation Review, this framework for successful cross-sector collaboration has been used to address a p

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 1:30pm

Home. It’s the root our lives grow from. Our health, ability to find and keep a job, success at school, and connection to our communities is dependent on having stable housing. Yet across the Bay Area, finding and keeping a home has slipped out of reach for many people in our communities. 

Resources

The Bay Area Funder Network on Trauma & Resilience supported this survey in order to create priorities and scope for this network. 

At the first meeting of the Funder Network on Trauma and Resilience on March 14, 2018, Alex Briscoe presented a fledgling model for reimagining California’s behavioral health system for children.

Why are Silicon Valley community-based organizations struggling to meet demand in one of the wealthiest and most sophisticated regions in the world? Why aren’t more Silicon Valley philanthropists directing their dollars toward local organizations and issues—in addition to national or global causes—and why hasn’t more entrepreneurial ingenuity been harnessed to solve local problems? What is the cause of these disconnects, and how might we help bring these two groups together in service of shared community?

Over five million Californians rely on the resources provided by the Affordable Care Act, either to get their coverage through the Medicaid (Medi-Cal) expansion, or to get financial assistance to afford and buy a private health plan through Covered California.

The landscape is shifting.

News

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Study by Northern California Grantmakers examines how the fires affected a key economic driver in the region, aims to supplement research on fires’ impact.

Monday, September 17, 2018

NCG members looking to learn more about philanthropy’s response to Hurricane Florence are encouraged to attend a joint briefing by the Center for Disaster Philanthropy and the South Eastern Council on Foundations this...

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Yesterday someone from San Francisco said to me “Wow…it’s been a year since the North Bay wildfires.” I quickly blurted back, “you mean 11 months.”

Thursday, August 30, 2018

When I took the job as Executive Director of the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, I really did not appreciate how different it was going to be from being the Director of the SF Mayor’s Office of Community Development. Sure, I had an understanding of community needs and public sector grant making, and I was comfortable in a leadership position in community and local government.  What surprised me was how isolating it can be to head up a family foundation.

Monday, August 20, 2018

California's summer fire storms are threatening thousands of additional structures and tens of thousands have moved to safety. Evacuation orders remain in place in some of these locations. Some have been allowed to return, others have not, and the fires remain unpredicable.