Since 1965, Northern California Grantmakers has been a primary developer and provider of essential infrastructure supporting philanthropy in Northern California. Its mission is to enhance the effectiveness of philanthropy and strengthen ties between philanthropy and its many stakeholders. Through the provision of a strong menu of core services in the areas of education, professional development, networking, collaboration, and community building, NCG strengthens skill sets, promotes best practices and improves understanding about the impact of philanthropy.
Direct Engagement. NCG serves as the premiere provider of grantmaker education and convening opportunities for our members. In 2009, we developed programs that anticipated and addressed foundationsí most pressing concerns, including the economic downturn, the upcoming 2010 Census, immigration reform, and supporting diverse communities. We launched a framework for our programs that clearly communicates the content and purposes of our various program formats. In 2010, we will continue to provide high-quality programming for our members. Supporting diverse communities will continue to be a focus area. We will develop new skill-building programs tailored to meet the needs of grantmakers at various stages in their careers. Promotion of the Field. NCG is a provider of policy-related grantmaker education and as an effective policy link and resource for the northern California grantmaker community. In 2009, NCG offered programming that supported grantmakersí policy and advocacy-related work and collaborated with Southern California Grantmakers and San Diego Grantmakers to create a more comprehensive policy resource grantmakers. We launched a new website which features an integrated and robust collection of resources for our members and which allows us to communicate NCG news and information more effectively. In 2010, we will continue to build relationships with policy makers to foster a shared, positive vision of philanthropy in the state. Communications will be a strong focus. Tracking and Trends. NCG strives to provide more resources to its members that go beyond face-to-face programs. Throughout 2010, we will be exploring ways to effectively package and communicate information related to effective philanthropy. We will capture and communicate member data and data on trends in philanthropy that illustrate the scope and impact of regional philanthropy, and publish storytelling profiles to colorfully demonstrate the relevance and impact of our membersí grantmaking.
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