Archive for the ‘Press Release’ Category

Zellerbach Appoints New Executive Director

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

NCG member Zellerbach Family Foundation announced last month the appointment of Allison Magee as the foundation’s new Executive Director. Allison began in her new role at the beginning of February following the retirement of previous Executive Director Cindy Rambo who left the foundation at the end of January.

For the past 10 years, Allison has worked for the City and County of San Francisco, where she has served as a leader in strengthening services for system-involved youth and their families. Her recent work as Deputy Director of the San Francisco Juvenile Probation Department includes the development of a national model for juvenile justice system reform…

Please join NCG in wishing Cindy Rambo well as she begins her retirement and in welcoming Allison to our philanthropic community.

Read the full press release.


The Kenneth Rainin Foundation Awards $1.5 Million in Health Research Grants

Friday, August 9th, 2013

NCG member the Kenneth Rainin Foundation announced yesterday that the Foundation “has awarded 15 grants totaling $1.5 million for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) research through its Innovator and Breakthrough Awards Programs.”

In a press release President of the Kenneth Rainin Foundation Dr. Jennifer Rainin explained the Foundation’s work in supporting cutting-edge research for Inflammatory Bowel Disease:

“People suffering from IBD need a breakthrough and that’s exactly what we’re hoping to elicit with our programs…We take risks and invest early in ways that other funders do not, and we look for researchers who take original and inventive approaches to IBD research…Our health grant programs support research from all scientific disciplines and encourage collaboration to find new and better treatments for IBD. Every year promising projects are presented to the Foundation, increasing our optimism that eradicating IBD is possible.”


Read the full press release online.

Ground Breaking Study on Bay Area Muslim Community

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

hands_circle_sandOn Tuesday, May 20, 2013, the San Francisco Chronicle published the following article: Muslims Become Part of Bay Area Fabric, which highlights a benchmark study that gives demographic data on the Bay Area’s growing Muslim community. The study, The Bay Area Muslim Study: Establishing Identity and Community, provides compelling data on the Bay Area Muslim community’s demographics, sense of identity, economic well-being, political and civic engagement, and the challenges it faces, such as eradicating Islamophobia.

Nearly 250,000 Muslims – one of the highest concentrations of Muslims in the United States – live, work and contribute to the economies and communities of the Bay Area (3.5 percent of the area’s population); yet little is known about the demographics and issues that Bay Area Muslim communities face–issues that are often left under the radar.

On May 15th NCG members Silicon Valley Community Foundation, The San Francisco Foundation, the Marin Community Foundation, along with Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy hosted a funder briefing: “Inclusive Philanthropic Strategies and the Bay Area’s Diverse Muslim Populations” to shed light on the specific opportunities and challenges of this community by sharing data from this first-of-its-kind research study with other funders.

The study was prepared by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding and funded by One Nation Bay Area, a partnership of the above-mentioned Bay Area organizations that aims to strengthen relationships between the region’s Muslims and non-Muslims.

Some highlights from the May 15th event include the following compelling pieces of data:

The Bay Area Muslim community is highly diverse across race; 30% are South Asian, 23% are Arabs, 17% are Afghans, 9% are African American, 7% are Asian/Pacific Islanders, 6% are white and 2% are Iranian.
Education attainment levels of Muslims are high; 41% age 25 or older have a B.A. or higher (16.3%).
There are major income disparities between the Muslim communities living and working in Silicon Valley and other bay area counties.

The major challenges for the Bay Area Muslim community include:
• Islamophobia
• Conflict in Muslim-Majority Counties
• Media Portrayals of American Muslims

Finally a few takeaways and implications for philanthropy highlighted at the briefing:

• The need for organizational capacity building grants; Muslim NGOs are often run on very lean volunteer staff and lack infrastructure
• The need for social services to address the diverse needs of Bay Area Muslim communities (such as immigration services, drug abuse, post traumatic stress disorder)
• The need for social services for the influx of Afghan refugees in this country
• The need for more data to engage the funding community
• The need to understand who is at the table and who is not
• The need for NGO assistance in leveraging relationships with other funders and help with grant writing

To learn more about this program, please visit NCG’s website. To obtain a copy of the newly published study and executive summary, please follow the provided links.

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