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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

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - 10:30am

As we rebuild our economy in the wake of COVID-19, we are left with an opportunity to make inclusive growth a new cornerstone of American economic progress. Join our Philanthropy CA peer, San Diego Grantmakers, to learn about San Diego Workforce Partnershp’s innovative Income Sharing Agreements a

Friday, November 6, 2020 - 9:30am

"When all the ordinary divides and patterns are shattered, people step up to become their brothers’ keepers. And that purposefulness and connectedness bring joy even amidst death, chaos, fear, and loss." - Rebecca Solnit

Friday, November 13, 2020 - 9:30am

"When all the ordinary divides and patterns are shattered, people step up to become their brothers’ keepers. And that purposefulness and connectedness bring joy even amidst death, chaos, fear, and loss." - Rebecca Solnit

Friday, November 20, 2020 - 9:30am

"When all the ordinary divides and patterns are shattered, people step up to become their brothers’ keepers. And that purposefulness and connectedness bring joy even amidst death, chaos, fear, and loss." - Rebecca Solnit

Friday, December 4, 2020 - 9:30am

"When all the ordinary divides and patterns are shattered, people step up to become their brothers’ keepers. And that purposefulness and connectedness bring joy even amidst death, chaos, fear, and loss." - Rebecca Solnit

Resources

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The Bay Area economic boom is having dramatic, tectonic effects: deepening income and opportunity disparities are placing nonprofit and arts institutions at higher risk for displacement, further threatening to undermine the unique, vibrant character and culture that have been the legacy of our re

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — known as CalFresh in California — is the cornerstone of the federal government’s effort to reduce hunger and help struggling families put food on the table.

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

This year’s the Governor’s proposed budget presents a significantly different tone than those of the last few years. It reflects lower revenues, a $1.6 billion projected shortfall, an expected economic downturn and deep uncertainty about what the federal government will do regarding the Affordable Care Act(ACA) and other federal programs. In fact, the proposal is based on current federal policy and doesn’t account for possible cuts to the estimated $20 billion or more that California relies on for health insurance subsidies and expanded Medi-Cal coverage.

News

Thursday, September 17, 2020

This month, President and CEO Dwayne S. Marsh has officially taken the reins from Steve Barton and Phuong Quach, senior staff who’ve served as NCG’s interim leaders for the past six months. The three took turns answering questions about the moment in which we find ourselves and the possibilities ahead. As the interview was drawing to a close, Dwayne paused to check if we were going to address race explicitly. And so, signaling the new future into which we are stepping, we did.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to turn this moment of focused attention, collective commitment to social justice, and unprecedented wealth into big, lasting change for communities hardest hit by the triple crises of racism, COVID-19, and the state’s wildfires. Working hand in glove with the governor’s office, philanthropy’s nimble capital can go where it’s needed most: to prevent nature’s hazards from becoming human disasters. Generations of disinvestment in communities of color, especially Black and Latinx communities, has left them in the deadly crosshairs of natural hazards. Funders have relational, political, and financial capital, ready to deploy.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

While the financial support was a critical lifeline for our grantees, it quickly became evident that we needed to provide capacity building support that addressed the real-world and rapidly changing needs of nonprofits in times of crisis. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Northern California Grantmakers and Funders Together to End Homelessness are pleased to announce the Bay Area Homelessness Funders Network. We are joining forces to advance racial equity and coordinate across the region to prevent and end homelessness in the Bay Area by creating a space to connect and facilitate action. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

NCG’s board and staff are pleased to announce the conclusion of a rigorous search for the organization’s next president and CEO. From a pool of nearly 90 candidates and many strong contenders, one leader emerged as the consensus choice of board, staff, and management. Oakland’s own Dwayne S. Marsh brings nearly thirty years’ experience advancing racial and economic equity through sustained work in the public, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors.