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Resources for For the People: Protecting and Restoring Faith in Our Democracy

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04/2019
On March 8, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1 , which is perhaps the most comprehensive political reform proposal in a generation by our elected representatives. The “For the People Act” seeks to restore faith in our republican democracy as a genuinely representative system open to broad participation and protected from corruption and the outsized influence of special interest money. The provisions of the bill would make it easier for people to vote and strengthen campaign finance & ethics laws. H.R. 1 became the first bill filed by the new Congress in large part due to a...
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Resources for A Grantmaking New Year’s Resolution: A Values-Based Grantmaking Practice

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02/2019
Values-aligned grantmaking is becoming every day parlance in our field, with good reason: foundation professionals are increasingly conscious of the role they play in social change. Similarly, the challenges we face seem ever more difficult to solve, and the injustices individuals, communities, and the planet face are heartbreaking. Making highly effective grants across a portfolio and even across an entire foundation is the nut we are all trying to crack. Given the current moment in philanthropy, in our country, and across the world, grantmakers are looking more intentionally at their own...
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Resources for Making it Count: Philanthropy and the 2020 Census

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02/2019
It has been a long road as California prepares for the 2020 Census—from budget delays at the federal level and persistent advocacy for adequate state funding, to the pending inclusion of an untested citizenship question. The state has allocated an unprecedented $90.3 million to support the census, but will it be enough to make sure that all California residents—including the 75 percent who are in historically undercounted groups—are counted? With $60 million in state dollars allocated for outreach by counties and community-based organizations, what do funders need to know about the efforts...
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Resources from Stockton Reinvention Tour Webinar | Economic Empowerment: Basic Income Demonstration & Workforce Access

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10/2018
NCG in partnership with the City of Stockton is offering several opportunities to have more in depth exchanges about the eight strategies that constitute the vision for a resurgent Stockton. On Thursday, October 11th, NCG and the City of Stockton hosted a discussion on the Economic Empowerment/Workforce Access efforts of the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration (SEED) , the first city-level Guaranteed Income demonstration program in the country. This special 1-hour webinar featured Mayor Michael Tubbs and Lori Ann Ospina, who is leading the SEED...
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Resources from Funding at the Intersection: The State of Philanthropy & LGBTQ AAPI Communities

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07/2018
As part of NQAPIA’s national conference of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) leaders and activists at the Hilton Chinatown in San Francisco on July 26-29, 2018, we hosted a learning community for donors and grant-makers to learn about the state of philanthropic support for LGBTQ AAPI communities, featuring the latest data.
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Resources from Crafting the Grant for the Long-term

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06/2018
What does it take for a nonprofit to move from surviving to thriving? And, what kind of support can funders provide to meaningfully shift the trajectory of an organization? To most effectively deploy game-changing grants (capacity, operating, and infusions of capital – alongside project and program grants) funders must understand the intersection of strategy, financial health, and the needs of the whole enterprise. In our fourth and final Financial Management session with FMA on June 5, 2018, we explored several foundation approaches to leveraging the right kinds of grants at the right times.
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Resources from Creative Placemaking and Honoring Culture

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06/2018
The Arts Loan Fund hosted an exciting conversation on funding culturally specific and immigrant communities in the Bay Area. The panel explored the importance of creative place making and place keeping. In the midst of so many changes in our communities, the panel discussed how we as grantmakers can honor the distinct characteristics and soul of the neighborhoods and cities we serve.
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Resources from Philanthropy and the #MeToo Movement

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06/2018
The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have set change in motion across American society, from popular culture to the halls of Congress. But is philanthropy listening? And is philanthropy part of the problem? At the root of the sexual violence #MeToo addresses, and the workplace misconduct #TimesUp addresses, is misuse of power. Money, race, gender, and other factors cause breakdowns in how we communicate with each other. At this program, panelists offered up their own paths to discovering built-in systems that get in the way of righting power dynamics and the corrections they made (or want to...
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Resources from In Defense of Data: A Funder’s Journey to Support Continuous Improvement

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06/2018
The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation , in collaboration with partner co-investors, supports two efforts, Propel Next and Project Evident , to strengthen the capacity of nonprofits, and youth-serving organizations in particular, to better collect and use data for continuous learning and improvement. In a June 21st session, leaders of both initiatives described what they are doing, why they’re doing it, and what they’ve learned so far.
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Resources from Innovations in Nonprofit Capacity Building with a Regional Approach

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06/2018
How can foundations address the targeted capacity building needs of nonprofits, at scale, throughout a region? The San Francisco Foundation and The East Bay Community Foundation are mobilizing resources and acting as catalysts for change to build strong communities, foster civic leadership, and promote philanthropy. As a part of this work, they are building regional collaboratives that focus on nonprofit sustainability in innovative new ways. in a June 26 program, they shared their vision to think innovatively and in partnership with other foundations to achieve their goal of greater racial...
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