A new GrantCraft guide released in collaboration with Glasspockets provides practical advice for funders to publicly share various aspects of their operations, work, and knowledge. Opening Up: Demystifying Funder Transparency presents real-world case studies that demonstrate the value of foundation transparency in strengthening credibility, improving grantee relationships, facilitating greater collaboration, increasing public trust, reducing duplication of effort, and building communities of shared learning. Grantees, funding partners, the public, and philanthropy professionals themselves all...
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01 May 2017
Areas of Focus
May 1, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
After the first 101 days of the Trump presidency, what do we see in the future for Immigration, Health Care, and Charitable Tax Deductions/Tax Reform? Nothing is certain, but we do have 3 experts to share their knowledge with us at the May 1st lunch...
At an August 22 event, the Bay Area Health Funders Group led an interactive session to learn how foundations can engage in systems-change work, how we can build successful public-private partnerships, what we’re learning from the Whole Person Care pilots in the Bay Area, and what role foundations can play in advancing a healthier future for all Californians.
In this second workshop from NCG's Financial Workshop Series, funders gained an understanding of how to assess a nonprofit organization’s financial health when no audited financial statements are available.
We know that grantmakers can bolster nonprofit effectiveness and results by supporting capacity-building initiatives, thus ensuring their grantees have what they need to deliver on their missions over the long haul. As part of GEO and NCG’s partnership, we’re happy to offer this dynamic and comprehensive workshop, which tackles the essential questions that drive the design of effective capacity building support. Developed with information and insights gathered over many years of working with grantmakers on this topic, A New Vision for Comprehensive Capacity Building takes participants on a...
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...
In a June 26th program, we hosted a multi-sector group of leaders who are working together to protect the wellbeing of immigrant families and fight against this proposed change to the public charge regulation for a thoughtful discussion on the imporatance of this issue and how funders can be prepared.
The Packard Foundation commissioned The Bridgespan Group to study Packard’s recent engagements in collaborations. This report captures the themes, insights, and recommendations that emerged from Bridgespan’s research.
The impact of the COVID-19 outbreak is far reaching, including major implications for non-profits and the communities that they serve. Philanthropy has an important role to play in supporting their non-profit partners during this challenging time in which there will be an increase in demand for their services. Through-out the next month, NCG will host a funders coordination meeting (via Zoom) every Monday from 11:00 am - 12:00 noon. During these calls, participants will hear from other local funders on what they see their role is and share about specific needs they are hearing about in the...
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...
Beyond Five Percent profiles several organizations that have charted alternative paths to the traditional lifespan model for foundations. This includes foundations that are adopting a limited existence by "spending down" their resources through a variety of methods, as well as those that have adopted policies of higher or flexible payout without necessarily intending to spend down. This report is intended to aid grantmakers looking for insightful approaches to philanthropy and innovative ways to deploy their assets.
This report analyzes U.S. funding trends for Black men and boys and describes recent initiatives in the field of Black male achievement. The brief shows a distinct trend toward increased U.S. foundation funding for organizations and programs that are working to improve the life outcomes of Black males.
View the Census research by The George Washington Institute of Public Policy .
The Snapshots of Philanthopy are meant to offer a glimpse into the many ways organized philanthropy is making a difference in our community. This snapshot features NCG member the Horizons Foundation and its work to address a host of concerns and problems faced by California's growing LGBT aging population.
"Real Cost Project: Barriers to Change“ is a new report issued by the Real Cost Project, finds that there are deeply ingrained practices, beliefs and perceptions in the philanthropic community that are preventing the adoption real cost funding practices.
For far too long, communities across the San Joaquin Valley haven’t had access to the same opportunities that make California golden for other regions. Inspired directly by the voices of San Joaquin Valley Health Fund partners, over 1000 San Joaquin Valley residents came to the capital to advocate for a shared policy agenda that’s an all-in approach for racial and health equity on some of the most pressing issues facing the Valley. They showed the power of funder and community collaborations with their call for “a Golden State for All.” The program offered a case study of the Fund and how its...
For more than a decade, Northern California Grantmakers has partnered with the California Budget Project to inform members about the annual budgets that impact underserved communities and grantees they serve.
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.
To help us understand whether we are making progress in supporting nonprofits in ways that allow them to be successful, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations conducts field research to track trends in grantmaker practice. GEO’s 2014 study highlights some important shifts in how grantmakers support nonprofit results, but also reveals where we’re falling short.
If you're new to philanthropy, or interested in sharpening your skills, NCG's signature program, New Grantmakers Institute: Grantmaking for the 21st Century , helps build your framework for best practices for ethical and effective grantmaking, and helps you place yourself within this ecosystem you are a part of.