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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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Resources from Crack the Capacity Building Nut: Fresh Breakthroughs from Chicago

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11/2017
At this program, attendees participated in a lively discussion to find out why it’s been so hard to help grantees do their work better and what funders can do differently to get it right. Experts offered successful regional models, current trends, and best practices for funders, nonprofits, and consultants to successfully support nonprofit capacity in all aspects of their work. We dug deep into these learnings and explored our region’s needs, capacity, and how we can better support the nonprofit sector.
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Resources from Building Community Power: Democracy at the Local Level

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10/2017
In an October 4 Webinar, we introduced funders to new efforts in California to reimagine democracy at the local level. These new tools for community power and democracy are broadening political participation for traditionally disenfranchised groups, expanding civic engagement beyond elections, and creating new platforms for making government more responsive, accountable, and equitable.
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Resources from Full Cost Project Two-Day Workshop: Asking For and Funding Full Costs

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10/2017
In our two-day Full Cost workshop, funders and nonprofits worked together to explore some of the Full Cost tips and strategies that can work for them. This hands-on training provided a unique space for leaders and staff on both sides of the funding equation to break down barriers and learn together. Over the course of the workshop, participants followed a case study organization and learned to analyze financial statements with a Full Cost mind-set in order to arrive at a Full Cost assessment for the case study.
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Resources from Business as a Force for Good: A Conversation with B Lab

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10/2017
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.
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Resources from Fires: Post-Program and Community Support

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10/2017
On October 17th, we were joined by over 150 participants on our funder call with leaders of local community foundations and disaster experts located in the areas most affected by recent Northern California wildfires. We heard a firsthand report of the situation, and learned what funders, nonprofits, and government are doing to assist at this stage of the emergency.

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