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"Philanthropy is replete with complex tensions that must be held to do it well—for example, the pressures to be objective AND be empathetic, to be polite and nice AND to speak truth, to be efficient AND transformative. We face great complexity in...
07 Feb 2019
Areas of Focus
February 7, 2019 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
Northern California Grantmakers
With the generous support of the San Francisco Foundation, the California Criminal Justice Funders Group (CCJFG) has researched existing fellowship programs for formerly incarcerated people within the criminal justice field. At this hybrid in-person...
07 Oct 2020
October 7, 2020 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm
The onset of the coronavirus pandemic and tensions over police violence following the death of George Floyd has brought a new chapter to America’s gun violence crisis. States recorded a historically high surge in firearm purchases amid the pandemic...
16 Mar 2022
March 16, 2022 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm
To ensure economic securityfor Californians, our public safety net needs to evolve, and that means getting serious about unrestricted cash support at the state level.During this legislative cycle, there are many proposals to provide groups of...
To build a more inclusive and accessible world, we must commit to understanding their challenges and enacting the changes those most impacted by structural challenges recommend. I know this because my children taught me.
In a September 12 event, NCG convened local and national experts to discuss the rise of hate crimes, bullying, and other forms of bigotry in recent months. We learned what funders can do to help overcome these challenges, through education, policy, organizing, and communications.
In uncertain times, it’s important for nonprofit organizations to plan for contingencies and anticipate both short- and long-term needs. Financial planning, which ranges from annual budgeting to multi-year projections, is about connecting programmatic goals to resource decisions. And while a strong financial planning function is critical, many organizations struggle to assess and refine strategy on an ongoing and “adaptive” basis. In this session, we explored the skills and tools nonprofits must develop if they are to build their financial planning “muscle” and how funders can support them in...
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...
Poor development and planning decisions don’t just aggravate the region’s housing problem: They contribute to Silicon Valley’s growing empathy gap. In a region built on weak ties and networking, it’s surprisingly difficult to find vibrant public...
14 Jul 2020
Areas of Focus
July 14, 2020 -
12:30pm to 2:00pm
About this Series Western landscapes have always burned and always will. The more we suppress fire and change the climate, the more catastrophic wildfires become. How can we make communities and wild lands more resilient in the age of megafire?...
It’s going to take some time for me to get used to hearing a president deliver, “a cry for racial justice some 400 years in the making” – a mandate to defeat white supremacy. In philanthropy, as elsewhere, we have an extraordinary opportunity to...
NCG is thrilled to announce that Qurratulain “Q” Sajid (she/they) has joined the team as the Senior Director for Public Affairs. President and CEO Dwayne S. Marsh had a chat with Q about the new role and prioritizing values within our work. Read on...
30 Nov 2022
November 30, 2022 -
10:30am to 12:00pm
About the Series This two-part webinar series will suggest organizational (internal) and programmatic (external) strategies to consider when approaching disability inclusion and accessibility in philanthropy.These presentations, featuring foundation...
As we head into the final stretch of the 2016 presidential election, how can grantmakers boost participation in the political process through voter engagement? What is our role in restoring the core values of American democracy? Does having an accountable election system that serves the public interest matter to funders?
This paper by Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy paper provides a current snapshot of the experiences and perspectives of emerging philanthropic professionals of color on issues of racial equity.
The impact of summer learning loss on young people’s academic achievement is astounding. Research from Johns Hopkins University has shown that two-thirds of the achievement gap between low-income and middle income 9th graders is attributed to the differences in their summer learning experiences in elementary school. Despite this shocking fact, there hasn’t been clear direction about solutions. This briefing presented compelling new research about quality-summer programming in California that is having a measurable impact on students' achievement.
Outcome Focused Grantmaking is the approach the Hewlett Foundation uses to guide its strategic and grantmaking decisions. This document is a practical and philosophical guide to the OFG process.