Dear friend,

For years Neighborhood Funders Group has been a place for meaning-making in philanthropy, a political home for funders to learn how to shift power and resources to BIPOC and low-income communities. As a connector of people, place, and power, our work at NFG is deeply relational.

Nearly a year ago, NFG hosted its 2023 National Convening in Wilmington, NC. Centered on Connection: rooted in joy, camaraderie, care, fun, and purpose — this was the first in-person convening our team held since 2018. We are now excited to share that NFG will be heading to Nashville, TN for our 2025 National Convening! More details regarding dates, hotel accommodations, community care guidelines, sponsorship opportunities, and ways to participate in convening programming will be announced later this year via NFG’s newsletter.

NFG staff photo taken at dusk in Lafayette Square Park.
NFG staff pose for a team photo in Lafayette Square Park. (New Orleans, LA December 2023)

Until then, our team is eager to be in community with you, to strategize and take action to liberate philanthropic assets with greater ease and abundance. Below you will find a list of conferences that NFG staff will be attending over the next few months. We encourage you to reach out to us to grab a coffee or attend a conference event together, and invite you to join the sessions and member gatherings that our team is coordinating.

April 15-18: Funders' Committee for Civic Participation Annual Convening: Phoenix

April 24-27: ABFE’s Harambee 2024: Let's All Pull Together

May 20-22: Grantmakers for Effective Organizations' 2024 National Conference

June 3-5: Emerging Practitioners In Philanthropy’s Reconnect, Revive & Rise

  • NFG staff in attendance: Courtney Banayad, Director of Membership and Communications; Hallie McClain, Communications Manager; Neda Said, Senior Program Manager

  • Session: “Chipping Away: Implications of Racial Capitalism within Philanthropy.” This session will present core learnings from NFG's racial capitalism community of practice, so that participants leave with a more grounded foundation and ideas for how to begin to chip away at enmeshment of racial capitalism in their individual practice and within their institution. Led by Neda Said

  • Plenary featuring EPIP members and emerging leaders, including Courtney Banayad. Stay tuned — a detailed update about this plenary will be shared in EPIP’s newsletters!

June 4-6: Grantmakers in Health’s Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy: Bold Results Through Courageous Action

More information will be shared about informal member gatherings and session/plenaries led by or featuring NFG staff as conference dates approach. If your grantmaking organization isn’t yet an NFG member, please consider becoming an NFG member to receive invitations to regional and conference-related member gatherings; discounted rates at NFG’s National Convening and CHANGE Philanthropy’s Unity Summit; and access to a vibrant, nationwide network of funders committed to racial, gender, economic, disability, and climate justice.

As a membership-based philanthropic support organization, NFG thrives on our deep relationships within philanthropy. Connecting with our members is nourishing and deeply necessary to building a more organized and accountable sector. As our paths cross in the near future, let’s keep seeding a collective vision that is rooted in the histories, strengths, and struggles of BIPOC and low-income communities, so that self-determination guides each and every step of our grantmaking systems and processes.

We look forward to seeing you soon,
Team NFG