NCG Open House: Come One, Come All

June 18th, 2014 by NCG

NCG has moved! Now that we’re all unpacked and settled into our space, we’re hosting an open house next Tuesday on June 24th. Come check out our new digs!

NCG is hosting a reception for our members, partners, and friends. Here’s your chance to see our new space and find out what NCG has in store for the rest of 2014.

Come network with your peers, enjoy refreshments, check out our new look and hear the latest NCG news from staff. We hope you can join us!

RSVP online.



2014 COF Salary Survey: Call for Participants

June 17th, 2014 by NCG

Take the Survey by July 18!

Northern California Grantmakers (NCG) is pleased to partner with the Council on Foundations and the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers on the 2014 Grantmakers Salary and Benefits Survey, which collects data on compensation, staff demographics, and benefits costs across a wide range of positions and grantmaking entities, including organizations, federations, and community, private, and public foundations.

NCG is once again using the Council’s online benchmarking tool to generate customized reports for our members once the data is available later this year. All online survey respondents will receive:

  • A PDF copy of the 2014 Salary Tables, which includes compensation summaries for 35 positions by foundation type, region, and asset class
  • Access to online benchmarking, including customized reports on a choice of peer groups
  • A PDF copy of the full 2014 report

More Participation Equals A Better Snapshot of the Field

It is in our mutual best interests to gather as much data as possible so this survey is useful and reflective of the field. With your help, in 2013 the Grantmakers Salary and Benefits Survey had a record number of participants with a 5% increase in valid responses over 2012. We hope to increase participation in 2014 in order to continue to provide this critical resource on fair compensation for the field on multiple organizational levels.

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Participate Online

Because the survey is conducted at an organizational level, you will need to designate an appropriate staff person as the survey contact. To request a user account, the survey contact should e-mail the Council’s Research Department ( This e-mail should include the contact’s name, title, and phone number with your organization’s name, type, and address.

Once an account has been established, the survey contact will receive his or her personal log-in information and a link to the survey.

Updates to Survey

The Council has made important updates to the 2014 survey.

First, the survey itself has been retooled and streamlined for a more user-friendly experience.  We have also added a 35th position of Legal Counsel and will be soliciting information on board compensation and consultant services. Unstaffed foundations are now eligible to participate in this new section.

Finally, beginning with the newly released 2013 survey report, the Council will now provide more detailed information and data for the largest foundations, with the inclusion of asset classes for $1 to 1.999 billion and $2 billion and over whenever possible.

Contact the Foundation Center for Assistance

The Council continues to conduct this survey in partnership with the Foundation Center and your primary contact will be a Foundation Center staff person who will answer questions about the survey and user accounts. The Grantmakers Salary and Benefits Survey remains an initiative of the Council, and the data confidentiality and usage policies are unchanged.

The deadline for the survey is July 18, 2014.

This annual survey is one of the most important and effective tools produced for our field and we encourage you to participate.

2014 Corporate Philanthropy Awards: Call for Nominations

May 21st, 2014 by NCG


July 24, 2014
7:15 – 10:00 am

Fairmont Hotel
950 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA

Nominations Now Being Accepted

Nominate an exemplary corporation by June 7, 2014.

Both company + nonprofit partnerships and corporate self-nominations are welcome and encouraged.

Select one category from the Corporate Philanthropy Awards program:

  • Community Partnership in Sustainabilitypresented by Levi Strauss
  • Community Health Partner of the Yearpresented by Kaiser Permanente
  • Education Partner of the Yearpresented by CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA Insurer
  • Community Change and Impact

An independent selection committee consisting of experts with backgrounds in corporate community affairs, philanthropy, nonprofit management, education, and healthcare will select one winner for each category. We will notify award recipients in mid-June.

Recipients will be honored at the 14th annual Corporate Philanthropy Summit & Awards on July 24, 2014 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.

Tickets available soon.

For questions, contact Tom Van Ess, Community Partnership Manager at the San Francisco Business Times, at or 415.288.4932.

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