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At the end of last year, NCG member Rosenberg Foundation announced that it awarded over $1 million in grants for criminal justice reform in California and the implementation of Proposition 47 (the Safe Neighborhood and Schools Act).
The Kenneth Rainin Foundation announced $3 million in additional funding for the Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST), a game-changing organization that protects San Francisco Bay Area arts and cultural organizations from displacement. This...
Your foundation can play a role in engaging the business sector to help achieve a successful 2020 Census. The business community is a key voice, but initial outreach has revealed a gap in awareness.
After twenty years of remarkable service to foundations and the local nonprofit community, NCG member Mary Gregory will be retiring this month from her role as Vice President of Community Alliance at Pacific Foundation Services . Thank you for your...
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) announced the appointment of Marcus F. Walton, a non-profit industry veteran, as its new President and CEO.
Nancy Wiltsek is the Executive Director of the van Löben Sels/RembeRock Foundation in San Francisco. As a part of our member Spotlight series, Nancy told us about herself and her work with legal services.
Carolyn Wang Kong is the Chief Program Director at the Blue Shield of California Foundation . As a part of our Member Spotlight Series, Carolyn spoke to us about where she is seeking collaboration, why time travel would be her ideal superpower, and...
31 Aug 2021
Areas of Focus
August 31, 2021 - 9:30am to September 21, 2021 - 12:00pm
About the Series Anti-Black racism and white supremacy are embedded in philanthropy and in our institutions, often invisible to the majority of us, even as we work with intention towards equity and justice. As change agents within philanthropy, we...
The Kenneth Rainin Foundation announced the appointment of Laura Wilson, PhD, as its first Director of Health Strategies and Ventures. Join us in welcoming her to the Northern California Grantmakers community!
NCG member The Kenneth Rainin Foundation announced today that Susan Truejoins its staff as a Program Officer for the Foundation’s Reading Success Initiative.
Not surprisingly, the most frequent questions we get from grantseekers and grantmakers alike relate to getting a lay of the overall philanthropic landscape. Getting key statistics for California institutional philanthropy just got a lot easier with...
At a pivotal time in its shift to a new strategic direction, Blue Shield of California Foundation has engaged two new senior fellows, marking the launch of a new fellowship program that will bring fresh perspectives to the complex problems facing...
30 Jul 2019
July 30, 2019 -
9:30am to 11:30am
Northern California Grantmakers
What is the highest and best role for philanthropy? And how can the Council on Foundations support its members and the field to be a strong and trusted partner in advancing the common good? You are invited to join Kathleen Enright, president and CEO...
This Nonprofit Quarterly article makes the case for foundations focusing on public policy at a state, rather than federal, level. "Like Robert Frost nearly a century ago, today’s foundation leaders stand where two roads diverge. They can continue down the usual road of fixating solely on federal policy debates, such as the one over the charitable deduction. Or they can take the road “less traveled by” to where the real action is: the states. If they choose the latter, then years from now they too can look back with Frost’s sigh of satisfaction because that choice will have “made all the...
Earlier this month GrantCraft and Glasspockets launched a new guide, Opening Up: Demystifying Foundation Transparency , which puts to the test many long-held beliefs about foundation transparency. [T]he guide’s research involved a survey of more...
NCG member the Kenneth Rainin Foundation has launched a multimedia site to share their 2014 highlights including their partnership with the San Francisco Film Society, how CAST (Community Arts Stabilization Trust) has taken off, the launch of a...
In the time since the 2016 U.S. presidential election, questions have been repeatedly asked about what is changing for foundations and their work in a different political context. How does this shift affect foundations and their areas of focus? Have new challenges or opportunities arisen? Should foundations be making changes in response? Given the volume of questions like these, the Center for Effective Philanthropy decided to survey foundation leaders about their reactions to the shift in presidential administrations, and the degree to which they were making changes as a result. Based on...
Based on a January 2013 survey of more than five thousand large independent, family, corporate, and community foundations in the U.S., it illustrates the response of over eleven hundred foundations to the question: Does your foundation use social media to advance its mission? There's a lot of info to review here, and we know you'll want to spend some time with it. So, we'll just leave you with five tips (included at the bottom) designed to jump-start your foundation's social media efforts: Follow your grantees and other foundations. Cross-promote your social media presence on you Web site,...