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First Look: Restrained Budget Proposal Reflects Uncertainty About Federal Commitments and Economic Conditions

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02/2017
On January 10, Governor Jerry Brown released a proposed 2017-18 budget that reflects both deep uncertainty about looming federal actions and a tempered economic and fiscal outlook for the state. The Governor forecasts revenues that are $5.8 billion lower — over a three-year period — than previously projected and proposes taking steps to address a $1.6 billion projected shortfall for 2017-18. (This gap would be even larger but for the Administration’s assumption that some state General Fund costs will decrease in 2017-18. For example, the Governor proposes to change how the state and counties...
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Bay Area: Closing the Women's Wealth Gap

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02/2017
Closing the Women’s Wealth Gap—What It Is, Why It Matters, and What Can Be Done About It aims to inform a national discussion about the women’s wealth gap, and to catalyze movement towards policy and practical solutions that build wealth for low-income women and women of color.
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The Giving Code: Silicon Valley Nonprofits and Philanthropy

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10/2016
Why are Silicon Valley community-based organizations struggling to meet demand in one of the wealthiest and most sophisticated regions in the world? Why aren’t more Silicon Valley philanthropists directing their dollars toward local organizations and issues—in addition to national or global causes—and why hasn’t more entrepreneurial ingenuity been harnessed to solve local problems? What is the cause of these disconnects, and how might we help bring these two groups together in service of shared community?
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Resources from The Dramatic Discovery of Solano County: How One Bay Area County Fell Off the Funder Map and What We Can Do About It!

Publication date: 
09/2016
Rewind Back to 2006 . A report from the Irvine Foundation on Foundation Giving in California found that Solano County received substantially fewer foundation dollars compared to eight other Bay Area counties. Fast Forward to 2016 . Ten years later and according to a recent study , Solano County continues to receive the least amount of dollars per capita despite having the highest percentage of families living in poverty. The study points out that between 2006 and 2012, almost half of the grant dollars invested in the Bay Area went to San Francisco‐based...
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The Real Cost Project: Increasing the Impact of Philanthropy in California

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08/2016
Around the country, as well as across the State of California, grantmakers are examining their funding practices and looking to develop new approaches to better support the communities they serve. Recently, numerous grantmakers have begun exploring what it would take to fund the real costs of the organizations they support – that is all of the necessary investments for a nonprofit organization to deliver on mission and to be sustainable over the long term. Building off of this interest, Northern California Grantmakers, San Diego Grantmakers and Southern California Grantmakers launched a joint...
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2016 Foundation Operations and Management Report

Exponent Philanthropy has offered this important benchmarking tool to NCG's members at a 20% discount through the end of the year. They can learn more about the report at here . To receive the discounted price, just need to enter the discount code COLLEAGUE when purchasing. Exponent Philanthropy ’s 2016 Foundation Operations and Management Report is considered the tool for benchmarking by foundations that operate with few or no staff. Based on responses from more than 550 Exponent Philanthropy member foundations, it tells the powerful...
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Shaping Culture Through Key Moments

It’s virtually impossible to operate as an ally and partner to nonprofits if you are working inside a foundation whose values and culture run counter to that spirit. Culture matters -- and it’s complex. This brand new resource that offers insight into the opportunities where we can strengthen and improve our organizations’ culture.
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The Future of Foundation Philanthropy: The CEO Perspective

Based on the perspectives of more than 200 foundation CEOs, The Future of Foundation Philanthropy: The CEO Perspective captures foundation leaders’ views on challenges and concerns about the changing landscape in which they work and the most pressing issues that will influence foundation philanthropy in the coming years.
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Bolder Togethter 2

The report is a follow-up to a 2011 report that told the story of the funders’ early efforts. Now, after five years of grantmaking and intensive work in the four counties, California Civic Participation Funders tells a fuller story about how local organizations are coming together and working across issues to mobilize diverse communities to flex their democratic rights.
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Bolder Together

How can foundations help build movements for opportunity and social change... and win? An innovative partnership of nine foundations is working in four California counties to increase civic participation in communities of color and among low-income populations. By combining their efforts, these funders hope to be able to make a bigger, more focused collective impact.
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