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Resources from Social Justice in Disaster: Neighborhoods and Nonprofits Point the Way

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04/2018
In an April 10th program, we heard from local leaders and nonprofits from the Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco, Napa, and Sonoma as they discussed how they are helping their communities, and what they need to be effective in disaster. Two Bay Area funders will discussed their disaster support and how it fits into their missions and broader programmatic work as well as ways that funders can support grantees and local leaders.
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Resources from Funder Network on Trauma and Resilience: Kick-off Meeting

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04/2018
At the first meeting on March 14, 2018, Alex Briscoe, a consultant to the Zellerbach Family Foundation, presented a model developed in collaboration with experts in pediatrics, mental health, education, and youth development to frame and understand the complex and often fragmented safety net for children in California.
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Resources from Charting a Course Toward Financial Resilience: Building the Planning Muscle

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03/2018
In uncertain times, it’s important for nonprofit organizations to plan for contingencies and anticipate both short- and long-term needs. Financial planning, which ranges from annual budgeting to multi-year projections, is about connecting programmatic goals to resource decisions. And while a strong financial planning function is critical, many organizations struggle to assess and refine strategy on an ongoing and “adaptive” basis. In this session, we explored the skills and tools nonprofits must develop if they are to build their financial planning “muscle” and how funders can support them in...
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Resources from The Long and the Short of It: A New Model to Strengthen the Region

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03/2018
In a March 15th program, we hosted a discussion with Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge about the role the philanthropy community can play in strengthening our region’s resilience to the effects of climate change, while addressing urgent regional concerns related to displacement, income inequality and more.
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Resources from RACE COUNTS: 58-County Analysis and Road-map for Racial Equity

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03/2018
In a March 15th program, we learned about a new initiative, RACE COUNTS, which presents a comprehensive online tracking tool ( www.RACECOUNTS.org ) that ranks all 58 counties by seven key issue areas and provides a roadmap for community leaders to focus their efforts. This program presented RACE COUNTS key findings about the Bay Area and Silicon Valley. Panelists included the community organizers who helped to co-create RACE COUNTS and who will use it to guide their organizing, as well as grantmakers who invested early in the project.
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Resources from Grantee Financial Resilience for Nonprofits: A Framework

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02/2018
Financially resilient grantees are able to successfully navigate current challenges as well as maximize opportunities in the long-term. Critically, they have a comprehensive understanding of their financial health and are able to tell their financial story to key stakeholders. In this session, we will discuss what it takes for a nonprofit to move from surviving to thriving, explore key values that are embodied in the culture of financially resilient organizations, and discuss the leadership behaviors and practices that set an organization on the path to financial resilience.
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Resources from There’s a Hole in My Budget: What’s the Governor Covering and What’s Left Out?

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02/2018
With a new federal tax plan recently passed and budget cuts looming, the Governor and other state policymakers will face a tall task in order to fund the programs that provide the opportunities California values. To help finance tax reductions for corporations and the wealthiest Americans, Congress voted to make cuts totaling $5.8 trillion in key federal programs over the next ten years. We’ll also explore the implications of the Governor’s budget on Bay Area cities and counties. With our panel of experts, we’ll discuss how the Governor’s budget and federal policy choices will have an impact...
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Resources from Voter’s Choice Act: Big Changes Ahead for California Elections

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02/2018
Many California voters will experience major changes to how they register to vote and cast ballots in the coming year. Three recent reforms — online voter registration , automated voter registration , and conditional voter registration make registering to vote easier than ever before. Another will allow third parties — such as community organizers — to pick up and deliver vote-by-mail ballots on behalf of voters. Representing perhaps the biggest shift, the Voter’s Choice Act (VCA) will reshape how, when, and where voters cast ballots. Our featured speakers discussed the impetus for the new...
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Resources from Saving the Social Safety Net: Advocacy Lessons for Funders

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01/2018
Our nation’s social safety net is at risk, and the effects on our most vulnerable communities could be devastating. In a session on 1/24/18, we heard about critical work that is happening now to save our social safety net, given Arabella Advisors ' recent work with donors and advocates to protect the programs that collectively constitute that safety net using all available tactics and resources.
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Resources from Crashing the Barriers: Making Work Possible for Everyone

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01/2018
Despite the recovery of the American economy and national unemployment rates at their lowest levels in years, millions of people who are willing and able to work are excluded from that prosperity. To address the inefficiencies and challenges of entry into today’s workforce for young people and adults overcoming barriers like incarceration or homelessness, a unique partnership that was forged in Los Angeles is being replicated in the Bay Area. The Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise or LA: Rise bridges the gaps in service between local social enterprises,...

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