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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 Resources for Financial Resilience: Human and Financial Capital

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05/2018
A nonprofit with adequate financial resources not only raises enough revenue to cover core operating expenses, but also maintains funds in reserve to buffer the organization against future uncertainty. In our third Financial Management session with FMA on May 3, 2018, we explored the importance of the right mix of financial resources in ensuring financial resilience, as well as the critical role of another resource key to a nonprofit’s success: its people. We also explored what a successful leadership team looks like and how funders can support their grantees in developing leadership capacity...
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Resources from Democracy, Digital Disinformation and Hacking: Securing Election Integrity for the Midterms and Beyond

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05/2018
On May 14, we brought together digital, policy, and philanthropic experts to address threats to a functioning democracy, the concrete ways to protect election integrity in the United States and around the world, and the role of funders. We met at at the Hewlett Foundation, which recently pledged $10 million to study social media and digital disinformation.
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Resources from Legislative Briefing on Census 2020

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05/2018
On May 18th, Senator Richard Pan, Chair of the Senate’s Select Committee on the Census, and Assemblymember Marc Berman, Chair of the Assembly’s Select Committee on the Census, joined NCG members for lunch and had a conversation of how to best leverage our philanthropic investments to ensure a complete and accurate count of all people in California on the Census 2020.
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Resources from Advancing Economic Opportunity for Immigrants & Refugees

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05/2018
Across the country, immigrants and refugees serve as a catalyst for community revitalization and an engine of economic growth. While newcomers possess an entrepreneurial spirit, they often have limited access to asset building products and services, and many first and second-generation Americans struggle to achieve long-term financial stability. Dr. Manuel Pastor shared key findings from research commissioned by AFN and GCIR, and participants had the opportunity to hear from two experts from the field who shared lessons and best practices emerging from their work at this critical intersection.
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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 More Than Tech: A Workforce Approach Towards Inclusion for Young Adults

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04/2018
In our program on April 24th, The San Francisco Foundation shared the success of their program Bay Area Codes , an exciting multi-year cohort of eight tech-related organizations working to increase economic equity in the Bay Area region. These organizations seek to give low-income and youth of color access to an inclusive tech ecosystem, featuring culturally-competent computer science curriculums, mentorships, leadership development, and access to professional networks and job opportunities. This briefing showcased the development of the Bay Area Codes cohort, its progress to date, and an...

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