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Resources for COVID-19: Impact on the Need for and Delivery of Legal Services

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03/2020
lsfn-logo-revised.png This webinar addressed the ways in which COVID-19 is impacting the populations served by legal services organizations, the legal aid organizations themselves, legislation being considered to help highly impacted communities and funder opportunities. Speakers Tiela Chalmers, Chief Executive Officer, Alameda County Bar Association & Legal Access Alameda, CEO & General Counsel Oakland, CA Liz Keith, Program Director, Pro Bono Net James J. Sandman, President Emeritus, Legal Services Corporation Watch the webinar
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Resources for March 23rd COVID-19 Discussion on Funder Collaboration

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03/2020
This call focused on the need to shore up our social safety net. Participants heard broadly of the emerging challenges experienced by social safety net providers, including perspectives from community health, food banks, housing, and legal services. Speakers Dr. Jian Zhang, San Francisco Chinese Hospital Kathleen Odne, California Food Banks Association Claire Solot, Managing Director, Bigglesworth Family Foundation. Co-Founder, Legal Services Funders Network (LSFN) Watch the webinar
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Supporting the Social and Emotional Health of Children During COVID-19

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03/2020
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a children’s mental health crisis in California. On this webinar, participants heard an update on this crisis and concrete opportunities for funders to get involved. Participants learned about state and federal actions, adoption by local jurisdictions, and the current reality facing the delivery and financial viability of safety net programs and services. Speakers Alex Briscoe, Principal, The California Children’s Trust Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz, MD, President, the Child Mind Institute Chris Stoner Mertz, LCSW California Association of Children and...
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Discussion on Funder Collaboration for COVID-19

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03/2020
The impact of the COVID-19 outbreak is far reaching, including major implications for non-profits and the communities that they serve. Philanthropy has an important role to play in supporting their non-profit partners during this challenging time in which there will be an increase in demand for their services. Since March 16th, NCG has been hosting funders coordination meetings (via Zoom) every Monday from 11:00 am - 12:00 noon. During these calls, participants will heard from other local funders on what they see their role is and share about specific needs they are hearing about in the...
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Resources for Rebuilding Democratic Norms and Institutions in the Post Impeachment Era | Bay Area Democracy Funders

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02/2020
The presidential year begins amid an historic political impasse at home and continued democratic decline across the globe. Autocrats now run three of the world’s four largest democracies, with systems in the U.S. and India teetering on the brink, according to experts. Yascha Mounk, a leading authority on liberal democracy and the rise of populism, recently wrote : “When they are reelected, populists nearly always become more radical and more dangerous.” At this program, we addressed the following questions: What are the common tactics authoritarians use in order to succeed? What are the...
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Resources for Funders Briefing | Northern California Wildfires and Public Safety Power Shutoff: Who’s Affected, What’s Needed from Philanthropy

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10/2019
The wildfires and the Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) in Northern California have caused major disruptions for Bay Area residents. To date, over 180,000 people are displaced from their homes and nearly 1 million are without power. These events burden people with the least access to resources and barrier to mobility including 1) people with disabilities, 2) immigrants and farm workers, 3) low-income residents, and 4) older adults and seniors.
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For the People: Protecting and Restoring Faith in Our Democracy | 4/18/2019

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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.
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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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