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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, April 14, 2020 - 10:00am

This event has been postponed from April 14th to a later date. Please keep an eye out for updates or contact us at registrar@ncg.org for further questions.

Monday, April 6, 2020 - 11:00am

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

Monday, April 13, 2020 - 11:00am

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

Monday, April 20, 2020 - 11:00am

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

Resources

Advancing positive and lasting social change in a world that grows more complex each day is hard. Understanding how we break through to our most critical audiences — and developing messages that respectfully and authentically connect with their lived experiences — has become essential to inspiring people to come together to create this change.

NCG's Arts Loan Fund (ALF) committee is made up of Bay Area funders that are committed to the Arts.  The ALF meets once a month to review loan applications and determine awards to nonprofits that support the Arts.

What motivates newly wealthy individuals and families to give? What barriers do they face in their giving? And how can we help these donors give more, more intentionally and effectively?

In the new report, “The Giving Journey: Guiding New Donors to Actualized Philanthropy,” Open Impact examined these questions critical to understanding and amplifying individual giving.

NCG member, Harder+Company Community Research has released this new report, Early Identification and Intervention Systems in California, identifying the problems in early childhood development and guiding families to effective interventions. Read the Report > 

News

Thursday, March 26, 2020

The Arts Loan Fund has announced a COVID-19 Emergency Loan to support arts and culture nonprofits and fiscally sponsored organizations in the eleven Bay Area counties.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Three weeks ago, the two of us stepped into our new roles as acting Co-CEOs of Northern California Grantmakers. That was the same day the world learned we would need vigorous hand-washing and distance to protect each other and everyone in our community from a new rapidly spreading virus. A most unusual start in our roles. But, then again, these are most unusual times.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Anxiety and fear are the body’s biological impulse to keep us safe. This fear is not purely personal, given my privileges of age, ability, proximity to resources, what science tells me. It is fear for my beloveds and all who do and will suffer: my elder parents, 3,000+ miles away; family members working in healthcare; loved ones who live with respiratory illnesses, diabetes, and immune-compromising conditions; neighbors and colleagues, laborers in the service industry and gig economy; and the countless numbers of us, known and unknown, who cannot access quality healthcare.

Monday, March 9, 2020

How can philanthropy best strengthen organizational resilience? To find out, Alan Kwok spoke with Ana-Marie Jones, who has spent her career transforming organizations with her leadership on readiness, preparedness, and disaster response. Ana-Marie is supporting Philanthropy California's work in creating a California that is ready to respond to disaster while advancing equity and justice in the most vulnerable communities. Read the Q&A below to learn more about our work internally with our state-wide membership. 

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Recommendations for philanthropic responsiveness to the anticipated effects of the Coronavirus on under-resourced and vulnerable communities.