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:


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

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 11:00am

The #MeToo movement has sparked conversations across the country about what gender and power mean in the workplace and in society as a whole. From clear cases of harassment to the murkier side of poor communication and uncomfortable situations, there’s a lot to be unpacked. We will dive into a discussion about the role that we can play in our respective jobs and the role philanthropy can and should play.

Wednesday, September 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, July 31, 2018 - 11:00am

The 2020 Census will likely be the most difficult census in recent history, and there could not be more at stake.  With the 2020 Census less than two years away, California is at serious risk of an undercount and losing billions of dollars in Medicaid, SNAP, and Medicare resources as well as a congressional seat.  However, with the addition of the citizenship question and the climate of fear cultivated by the federal administration, ensuring a complete and accurate count, particularly among the state’s immigrant communities and communities of color, will be more difficult than ever.

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 7:00am

It's that time of year when the San Francisco Business Times honors top Bay Area corporate philanthropists and shares the stories of those who do it best. NCG is proud to once again be a partner sponsor for this inspiring breakfast event honoring the Top Bay Area Corporate Philanthropists includi


In this event on October 11, NCG welcomed B Lab co-founder Bart Houlahan and Chief B Keeper at B Lab Ben Anderson, as well as local leaders of the B Corp community, to have a conversation about the role business must play in addressing social and environmental issues and explore how companies can create an inclusive economy that provides a shared and durable prosperity for all.

Notes from Policy Impacts on Immigrant Health | Bay Area Health Funders Group Meeting

A report of Bay Area nonprofits released by Northern California Grantmakers, The San Francisco Foundation and partners–shows that most respondents (82%) are concerned about sustaining their work in the face of rising office space costs in the region.

A summary that describes Rep. Tom Price’s Empowering Patients First Act. Other leading comprehensive proposals, put forth by the President-elect and Members of Congress, to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be added in coming weeks.

At NCG’s May 31 event, Flipping the Script on Disaster: A Tale of Three Cities, the Chief Resilience Officers of Oakland and San Francisco each shared their city’s resilience strategy and ways for philanthropy to support resilience. The Honorable Libby Schaaf, Mayor of Oakland, also offered her perspective on resilience and current efforts in Oakland. The Managing Director of the Bay Area Resilient By Design Challenge shared details of this new effort to catalyze innovative, collaborative planning to build resilience in advance of disaster. Although the Berkeley Chief Resilience Officer was unable to participate as planned, the Berkeley strategy is also included below.


Thursday, July 19, 2018

Whether you’re living, moving, hiring or solving, it’s hard to argue that anything more urgently defines our region than the housing crisis. Our friends at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation put together this snazzy graphic on the levers and landscape for affordable housing from philanthropic investment to development to percentage of income spent on housing.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

There is a newer, emerging narrative about California’s future, and it goes like this: the future of California goes through the Central Valley. 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Natural disasters are the great equalizers, razing a cruel path regardless of income, heritage, or history. When the firestorm blazed through Redwood and Potter Valleys on the night of October 8th over 7,000 residents fled, leaving behind a lifetime of belongings.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

More than 40 years ago, changes in federal funding practices undermined nonprofits dependent on those funds to maintain steady cash flow and financial stability.  To address this, a group of local funders...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

This month, NCG's Collaborative Philanthropy Coordinator, Krystle Chipman, sat down with the Loan Underwriter of the Arts Loan Fund and Principal of Padma Consulting, Margaret Southerland. Margaret shared why she believes the Arts Loan Fund (ALF) can be a game changer for arts nonprofits in the region.