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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, February 13, 2020 - 1:30pm

What's the smartest way to fundamentally reshape the health and well-being of Californians, and create more equitable opportunities for everyone in our state to thrive?

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 1:00pm

The ongoing reconstruction of Sonoma and Napa Counties has laid bare key issues still facing our communities two years after the Fall 2017 fires, among them affordable housing, mental health, immigration, economic displacement, and community resiliency. St.

Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 11:30am

Whether we’re tenth generation American or a newcomer, Black, White, or Brown, most of us try to treat people how we’d want to be treated. New immigrants work hard to make life better for themselves and come here to bring new ideas and new energy to our nation.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 10:00am

Women are at the forefront of cutting-edge climate justice movement work at the local level and across Californianationally, and globally. Yet, women are disproportionately impacted by the effects of and bare unique burdens from climate change. As climate change continues to intensify natural hazards, increase gender and wealth equities, and create political, environmental, and social instabilities, supporting frontline movement building to support local power is essential to fostering solutions to the crisis. Philanthropy can play a committed, strategic role to address these inequities to support more just, sustainable, and equitable communities. 

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 12:00pm

Research, politicians, and philanthropy often group Asia American and Pacific Islanders as one demographic, even though they represent a diversity of countries and speak more than a dozen languages.

Resources

This report presents new data and analyses that illustrate how rising rents and stagnant incomes are straining household budgets and stifling opportunity in the nine-county Bay Area, jeopardizing the region’s diversity, growth, and prosperity.

Presentations regarding the displacement of nonprofit organizations resulting from the effects of rising rents in San Francisco and an exploration of the strategies being implemented by the City in partnership with foundations

California saw large increases in health coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 3.7 million adults enrolled in the Medi-Cal expansion. 1.2 million Californians enrolled in subsidized insurance through Covered California, with average annual premium subsidies of $3,700.

The Resilient Oakland playbook is a strategy document developed to help our City tackle systemic and structural challenges. The playbook outlines ways we can work together to help our community can stay rooted, ensure equitable access to quality education and develop good jobs, stable housing, public safety and vibrant streets.

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.