What’s it really going to take to advance the well-being that the public and private sectors have long pursued? To hold our gains? To create healthy, thriving communities? This is big work, deeply rooted in our shared commitment to ensure safety and opportunity for Californians. California has long pioneered policies and programs to advance social progress and protect the beauty and the bounty of our natural resources.
We are delighted to invite you to join us at the 2018 NCG Annual Conference, the largest gathering of the philanthropic community in Northern California. Each year, we come together to expand and challenge our thinking, explore new possibilities, foster new relationships, reconnect with friends and peers, and have fun.
This year’s conference, Together for Good, will feature lead thinkers on the critical issues of our time, such as the role of media in upholding democracy, overcoming social inequality, and advancing narrative change. We’ll dig deep into how philanthropy can – and must – bring to bear not only financial resources, but also our collective leadership, voice, action and empathy to really move the ball. As always, it promises to be a lively, dynamic, and fun event.
We hope you will join us!
California has long pioneered policies and programs to advance social progress and protect the beauty and the bounty of our natural resources. What's it going to take to advance our agenda? To protect and preserve hard-won gains?
What’s it going to take for California to protect those facing the greatest risk?
What’s it going to take to conceive and live a new narrative rooted in our shared humanity?
Zahra Billoo, Council on Islamic Relations Bay Area
What’s it going to take to bring about just and equitable environmental policies?
Tara Houska, Honor the Earth
What's it going to take for all people to have a voice in our democracy? What’s it going to take to bring the stories of criminal justice and immigration to light to fuel reform?
Valeria Fernández, Journalist, Producer & Storyteller
Mina Kim, KQED News
Jaeah Lee, Writer & Journalist
What's it going to take to bridge cultural divisions in our society?
Joan C. Williams, UC Hastings School of the Law
This curated experience will take up an array of topics, strategies, tactics and goals, all generated from colleagues and peers. Using the big ideas of the morning as a point of departure, join lively small group discussions that connect what you’ve heard with what you’re thinking about in your own work. Build on the ideas and questions it generates for you and others in the room. Consider the role of philanthropy in all of this. Beginning with financial investment as a starting point, ask how we can collectively use our voice, leadership and action to advance shared goals. Join us for big thinking, creativity and deeper connection.
Simone Poutnik | Learn more about our Idea Fest session leader >
What happens when you mash up human-centered design with systems thinking in philanthropy? You get a fresh way to understand the persistence of the inequities that confront our communities, and new ways of thinking about how we might approach our work differently. Join us to explore the possibilities that emerge when we view our world and our work in a different light.
Many funders and nonprofits in the Bay Area are supporting client feedback loops through a national funder collaborative called Fund for Shared Insight. Join us for a lively exchange and dig into concrete ways to implement simple, high quality feedback loops.
Why do some social change movements succeed and others languish? Discuss the successes and challenges that have shaped strategic grantmaking. Engage in a lively and interactive discussion about the terrain of social movement funding.
Leading real change requires grantmakers to have a deep understanding of internal organizational culture. Use several culture tools to develop a better understanding of how your existing organizational culture either supports or gets in the way of the change process.
Amy Shields, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Wesley Morris and Larry Wilmore will discuss the current cultural and political moment. What’s still not getting said? Where are we off track (and just how bad is it)? How might we shift our national conversation on race?
JOAN C. WILLIAMSDistinguished Professor of Law and Founding Director, Center for WorkLife Law, University of California Hastings College of Law
8:00 - 9:30 am
Registration and Breakfast
9:30 - 9: 45 am
9:45 - 12:00 noon
Morning Plenary: What's it going to take?
12:00 - 12:30 pm
12:45 - 2:30 pm
2:30 - 2:45 pm
2:45 - 2:55 pm
NCG Membership Meeting
2:55 - 4:00 pm
What's it going to take to have the right national conversation about race?
4:00 - 5:00 pm