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

Publication date: 
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 California Fires Webinars

Publication date: 
11/2018
Philanthropy California held two urgent webinars to offer funders an up-to-the-minute briefing on local and state agency responses to the fires in Butte, Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties. Our speakers provided an overview of the current situation on the ground and how it could develop in the coming weeks; perspectives on immediate and anticipated community needs that are being addressed by local community foundations (with a focus on the people who have the least access to resources); and information on how funders accross the national can help most effectively. On this page, you will find...
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Resources for Collective Impact: From Common Goals to Uncommon Results

Publication date: 
10/2018
Collective Impact is one of those buzzwords that you often hear in our sector. Since the publication of the article Collective Impact in the winter 2011 edition of the Stanford Social Innovation Review, this framework for successful cross-sector collaboration has been used to address a plethora of complex issues. But while many collective impact efforts have reported achieving positive results through their work, and have a personal, intuitive understanding of why this approach to collaboration has enabled positive progress in communities, there has not until recently been a methodologically...
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Pathways to Opportunity: Creating College and Career Success for All Students

Publication date: 
10/2018
What does college and career readiness really mean for high schools in low-income urban communities? A college education remains one of the major gateways to sustainable, high-paid jobs - especially for young people who will be the first generation in their families to get a postsecondary degree, as well as for newly-arrived immigrant students. As high schools seek approaches to ensure that graduates are truly prepared to succeed in (and graduate from) college, many have turned to Career Pathways to integrate meaningful learning experiences with hands-on job training and rigorous early...
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2018 New Grantmakers Institute | Grantmaking for the 21st Century

Publication date: 
10/2018
If you're new to philanthropy, or interested in sharpening your skills, NCG's signature program, New Grantmakers Institute (NGI): Grantmaking for the 21st Century , helps build your understanding of best practices for ethical and effective grantmaking, and helps you place yourself within this ecosystem that you are a part of. In this two-day, highly interactive training, participants have the opportunity to engage with your peers around opportunities and challenges of grantmaking. In addition to developing a network of peers, participants will have the opportunity to hear...
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One Part Resilience, Two Parts Grit: The Wildfires One Year Later.

Publication date: 
10/2018
It was just last October that a firestorm erupted across the North Bay in Sonoma, Napa, Lake, and Mendocino Counties. The most destructive in California history, the fires took lives, homes and livelihoods. While these communities are on the path to recovery, Mendocino and Lake Counties are also coping with more recent fires. During this event, we spoke to local leaders to hear where they now stand, what issues are newly emerging, how our colleagues have personally dealt with the challenges, and where help is still needed. They shared what’s currently happening in their communities and the...
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Informing the National Perspective on Immigration Reform

Publication date: 
10/2018
Immigration issues have attracted significant attention over the past few years as changes in federal policies have ignited debates across the political spectrum. In July 2018, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) and BPC Action published a new report, The New Middle on Immigration Reform , which suggests a consensus set of immigration policies that Americans support is more to the right than many realize. The report is based on a nationwide survey, focus groups, and roundtable discussions. But where does California fit into this dialogue? Grantmakers in California, where one in four residents...
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