Northern California Grantmakers (NCG) is an association of foundations, corporate contributions programs and other private and public grantmakers. Building on an initiative started in 1965 to exchange ideas, improve cooperation among foundations, and increase their knowledge of community problems, NCG has now grown to support the activity of approximately 170 grantmaking organizations and individuals, with combined grantmaking of more than $3 billion annually. NCG's work has resulted in an infrastructure that supports a robust professional community that continues to seek common standards, accepted modes of practice, and leadership for the field.
NCG's work is focused in two broad arenas: enhancing the effectiveness of philanthropy, and strengthening the ties between philanthropy and its many stakeholders in nonprofit organizations, government, business, media, academia, and the public at large.
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NCG brings grantmakers and others together to share ideas, learn from each other and build collaborative relationships. Substantial new grantmaking programs sometimes result from these initiatives; NCG currently has seven active collaborative funds.
Through briefings, programs and workshops, NCG helps members develop their grantmaking skills and examine current practices on issues such as accountability, relationships with grantees and responsiveness to changing demographics. NCG also keeps members informed about changing community needs, emerging trends in the nonprofit sector, new regulations, and promising new grantmaking strategies. See events for details on upcoming programs.
NCG increasingly serves as a gateway to those who need information on California foundations and philanthropy, and the wider nonprofit sector.
NCG is a leading voice for philanthropy and the nonprofit community in California and beyond. Its leadership tracks and speaks out on policy issues with implications for foundations and the nonprofit sector. NCG maintains close relationships with other Regional Associations of Grantmakers (RAGs), the California Association of Nonprofits, Council on Foundations, Independent Sector, and the Foundation Center.