The field of narrative change is both emerging and eternal. From mythology to marketing, the human impulse – no, necessity – to make sense of the world, to justify values and bolster beliefs, is innate and immutable. We build, inherit and rely on schematic shortcuts for our own cognitive comprehension and physical survival. We learn codes and internalize signals meant to protect us: which colors and sounds represent safety or danger, whose authority we trust or reject, whose lives and dreams matter. Humans, as pattern-seeking social creatures, assemble collections of mutually-reinforcing...
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Like all of you, we are appalled by the displays of racism-fueled violence perpetuated by the KKK, Neo-Nazis, and similar groups that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend. We want to reiterate to our members across California that in...
As the leading voice for philanthropy, the Council on Foundations is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as a core policy and fundamental operating principle in the philanthropic sector. This report, The State of Change: An Analysis of Women and People of Color in the Philanthropic Sector , helps inform strategies that support DEI efforts.
27 Nov 2017
November 27, 2017 -
12:00pm to 2:00pm
Northern California Grantmakers
Join NCG Book Club for a discussion of Tracks by Louise Erdrich. Bring your lunch and an appetite for conversation!
NCG is pleased to welcome stellar communications pro Vanice Dunn , Director of Equity at communications design firm Provoc to join the faculty of NCG’s upcoming communications cohort for mid-career professionals. Only three spots remain.
The kickoff of NCG's inaugural Communications Cohort is just a few days away. In advance of the launch, we asked Cohort faculty member, Robert Bray, Director of Communications for NEO Philanthropy, to share how he procrastinates and why for him, the...
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...
01 Oct 2019
October 1, 2019 -
10:30am to 12:00pm
Northern California Grantmakers
As extreme natural events are increasingly affecting our health, livelihoods, and social fabric, how might philanthropic investments be more strategic in building greater community disaster resilience? Since philanthropy cannot do it alone, it...
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Caitlin Brune as our next senior fellow. Caitlin is an NCG member and former CEO of the NCG member, Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust. She begins her 18-month post in January 2020. Caitlin will focus...
21 Sep 2020
September 21, 2020 (All day) to September 24, 2020 (All day)
SCG_conference_webbanner_2.jpg To register for this event, NCG members can register at the member discount. Use the code: AC200NCG. SCG’s 2020 Annual Conference, Meeting the Movement, invites funders to embody adaptive and...
California Criminal Justice Funders Group is honored to welcome our newest Steering Committee member: Karren A. Lane, Director of the Youth Organizing Capacity Building Initiative from the Weingart Foundation . We are grateful for her experience and...
13 Apr 2021
April 13, 2021 - 9:30am to April 15, 2021 - 1:30pm
SCG Policy Conference.png The 2021 Southern California Grantmakers Public Policy Conference will occur virtually during two half days on April 13, 2021 and April 15, 2021. Join us for two mornings exploring the policy and advocacy actions needed to...
Last week NCG member the Sobrato Family Foundation celebrated its 20th anniversary by sharing the news of its $29 million investment in the Sobrato Early Academic Language (SEAL) educational model. With a ten-year commitment, the investment will...
15 Aug 2017
August 15, 2017 -
11:00am to 12:00pm
Issues being debated in Washington range from healthcare and immigration to national monuments and LGBT rights, not to mention what (if any) federal monies will come California’s way in infrastructure funds, block grants, and housing. Where should...
19 Nov 2018
November 19, 2018 -
10:00am to 11:00am
As impacted communities in Northern and Southern California continue to grapple with the devastation resulting from the Camp, Woolsey, and Hill fires, questions about those affected and the resources available to them become paramount. This call...
This summer NCG was thrilled to welcome Allegra Maeso as our first summer intern. A rising senior at Northwestern University and Bay Area native, Allegra dove into a number of policy projects, providing valuable research and...
04 Oct 2021
October 4, 2021 -
1:00pm to 2:15pm
On: On September 14, 2021, Californians voted on whether to recall Governor Gavin Newsom. The results of this special, off-cycle election will have an enormous impact in shaping the political landscape in California and nationally for years to come...
Still on the fence about attending the 2021 Corporate Philanthropy Institute? Well you have come to the right place! Check out the top ten reasons below for why this is going to be a conference you are not going to want to miss!
As a lead up to NCG’s Annual Conference Be The Change: Philanthropy and a Thriving Society for All, we are excited to present a screening of the documentary film Inequality for All featuring NCG Annual Conference keynote speaker Robert B. Reich.
NCG member The California Wellness Foundation announces staff changes.