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2014 NCG Annual Conference: Save the Date for April 8th

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Mark your calendars for April 8th!

This year NCG is giving its Annual Meeting a bit of a makeover. We can hardly wait to share all the details on this year’s conference. As staff works to finalize our speakers and schedule, we are excited to give members a glimpse of how NCG’s 2014 Annual Conference is shaping up.


In the past, NCG has looked at the changing philanthropic landscape to find an annual meeting topic. This year, however, we found inspiration in the transforming landscape of Bay Area communities.

Almost daily there is news about the shifting demographics brought on by income disparity here in the Bay Area. As segments of our local economy and society are thriving, other populations face new challenges brought on by that same success.

This very palpable and charged conversation is happening in media, at public hearings, and online. Recognizing that foundation grantees and the communities they serve are also feeling the effects of this economic atmosphere, it is clear that the issues surrounding income disparity in our communities and how it affects grantmaking cannot be ignored.

Be The Change

At the end of 2013, President Obama stated that the growing income disparity in our country is the defining challenge of our era. If income disparity is the defining challenge of our era and if Bay Area communities offer an index for how the effects of such disparity can unfold, how does Philanthropy respond?–this is the question we’ll explore at our Annual Conference.


NCG Annual Conference | April 8, 2014

More details coming soon!

NCG 2013 Annual Meeting: Save The Date For May 8th!

Monday, April 1st, 2013


Mark your calendars for NCG’s Annual Meeting on May 8, 2013!

This year NCG’s featured speaker will be FSG Founder and Managing Director Mark Kramer. Mark will share the latest developments in FSG’s Collective Impact concept and what this means for the philanthropic sector.

Come hear inspirational ideas and participate in a thought-provoking conversation about how foundations can tap into the power of networks and use collective action to create meaningful collective good in the communities they serve.

NCG’s Annual Meeting will also include a business meeting for the NCG membership. Members are invited to participate in the election of NCG’s Board of Directors.

Registration is now open. More details coming soon!

Register Now!

Give Something Back’s Mike Hannigan on The Emerging 4th Sector

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

The following guest post by Give Something Back President Mike Hannigan was originally published as an introduction to NCG’s All Member Newsletter Summer issue. Since Mike’s introduction makes connections between NCG’s Annual Meeting, the upcoming Corporate Philanthropy Institute and our transforming sector, we decided to re-post it here on our blog.


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We can speak of the non-profit sector, the public sector and the private sector and everyone knows what we are talking about. We don’t have to specify a particular organization, company or agency to define what we are referring to. The specific manifestations come and go but the sectors remain. They have institutional permanence, at least as far as we can foresee. It’s in the interplay of these 3 sectors, at least in the US, that broadly defines what we might call the quality of life in America.

Some would argue, myself included, that over the past decades, the erosion of the basic institutions that support quality of life for the citizenry; public health, public education, a measure of income and wealth parity, has called into question the ability of the 3 sectors, each working on behalf of their stakeholders to cobble together a fair and just society by any consensual standard. It is not a question of available resources (we are still a rich and powerful nation) but rather the misallocation of resources to needs that defines the disconnect felt by many. It is not our people or our ideas that have fallen short, but rather our institutions.

As necessity is the mother of invention there is evidence to suggest that a 4th sector is emerging in our society. Earlier this year NCG Annual Meeting keynote speakers Lucy Bernholz and Rob Reich shared their thoughts on this new social economy and its impact on our work as grantmakers. And this June NCG continues this conversation on our transforming sector at the Corporate Philanthropy Institute: Corporate Social (R)evolution-From Social Enterprise to Shared Value.

Broadly speaking, this 4th sector connects the value and wealth creating power of the marketplace through commerce to a broader set of community stakeholders. This multi-faceted and evolving approach in using for-profit business as a tool to create community value has been called “social enterprise”, “mission driven business”, “benefit corporations”, and many other things but one thing is undeniable. It is growing and has been for the past 20 years. The foundational infrastructure underneath the sector is taking shape. Successful businesses on this model are profitable, scaling and replicating. The organizations that identify and support this movement, SVN, BSR, BALLE, SEA, B-Lab,  etc. are growing stronger. The human capital needed to start, staff and grow these businesses is flooding out of the business schools armed with both the technical tools and commitment to social service. Investment capital has become available, as billions of dollars seek investment opportunities that can offer a community benefit as a defined outcome of success. SOCAP, Investors’ Circle, the Google Foundation, Omidyar and Skoll are some of the well known players.

Finally, and perhaps most significant of all, corporate law itself is changing to accommodate this marriage between the power of business and the community stakeholder. The creation of the Benefit Corporation form in California and other States is a transformative change in the way that Capital, Community and Company can connect to their mutual benefit.

If you are fortunate enough to attend this year’s Corporate Philanthropy Institute you will get a sample of these important developments and have the opportunity to engage with grantmakers employing these new approaches. And if you weren’t able to attend this year’s NCG Annual Meeting, take a look at the post-program materials archived on NCG’s website for more information on the new social economy.

Hopefully 50 years hence our replacements will be talking about the 4 sectors as we now talk about 3; and everyone will know exactly what they mean.

Mike Hannigan
Give Something Back

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