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2019 Family Philanthropy Conference: Unpacking Power Dynamics with Cultural Humility

2019 Family Philanthropy Conference: Unpacking Power Dynamics with Cultural Humility

As family philanthropists, we have the unique ability to respond nimbly to community needs and be trusted partners with our nonprofit grantees. Despite these relationships, do we always show up truly listening to what the community wants and needs? And while we rely on many best practices to help us leverage and maximize our grantmaking, is there something we are omitting, maybe even neglecting, that could be diminishing our impact?

We know that our long-term relationships with nonprofit partners are often complicated by the power dynamic that exists between funders and grantees. However, there is also another often-overlooked dynamic: privilege.   

This year’s Family Philanthropy Conference will explore how privilege affects family philanthropy at a personal, family and community level. We will hear inspiring examples from fellow philanthropists of how they are amplifying their impact by confronting their privilege, demonstrating cultural humility, and incorporating a racial equity lens.   

With ample time for dialogue and networking with colleagues, you will leave the conference with clear, actionable steps to level the playing field and advance your foundation’s investments in individuals and in the community.


Thank you to our conference sponsors: 


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Silver Sponsors:



Bronze Sponsor:



General Operating Supporter:

 Special thanks to Moss Foundation for providing year-round general operating support for SCG's Family Philanthropy programming.


For more information on sponsorship opportunities, click here or contact Andie Byrd at (213) 680-8866 ext. 226 or [email protected].


8:15 am Registration and Networking
8:45 am


Chris Essel, President and CEO, Southern California Grantmakers

9:00 am

Opening Exercise and Conference Framing

Jeff Schaffer, Senior Advisor, The Atlas Family Foundation

9:15 am

Morning Keynote: Understanding My Privilege: A Personal Journey Toward Integrity

Dr. Susan E. Borrego, Chancellor, University of Michigan—Flint
Author, Class Matters: Beyond Access to Inclusion

9:45 am

Plenary Panel: Walking the Talk: Equity Grantmaking in Practice

Addressing power dynamics in foundations can be challenging, especially for staff or in families with many viewpoints. However, shifting toward a more equitable grantmaking framework or adding an equity lens can be rewarding, resulting in more authentic relationships with the communities we hope to serve. This plenary panel will feature perspectives and strategies from colleagues whose foundations are moving the needle on equity, empowering grantees, and centering community in their grantmaking.

Moderator:  Claire Peeps, Executive Director, The Durfee Foundation

  • Shawn Escoffery, Executive Director, The Roy and Patricia Disney Family Foundation
  • Erin Kahn, Executive Director, Raikes Foundation
  • Gerald Solomon, Executive Director, Samueli Foundation, Board of Directors, Southern California Grantmakers
10:30 am

Ignite Session: Finding Cultural Humility in Lived Experience

Moderator:  Joe Womac, President, Specialty Family Foundation

  • Wendy Chang, Director, Dwight Stuart Youth Fund
  • Shirley Fredricks, Vice President, The Lawrence Welk Family Foundation
  • Jeffrey Smith, Program Director, George Hoag Family Foundation
  • Elana Wien, Vice President, Center for Designed Philanthropy, The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles
10:50 am Breakout Session Preview
11:00 am Networking Break
11:20 am

BREAKOUTS: Unpacking the Power Dynamics in….

Your Personal Work: How Cultural Humility Helps Us Lead
Led by: Elana Wien, Vice President, Center for Designed Philanthropy, The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles

  • Jann Murray-García, Founding Faculty Member and Assistant Clinical Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, University of California, Davis
  • Angel Roberson Daniels, Executive Director, Angell Foundation

Your Family and the Work of the Foundation: Bonds and Breaks—Navigating Power Imbalance and Building a New Way Forward
Led by: Alexis Marion, Program Officer, The Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation

  • Paul E. DeLauro, Senior Vice President, Manager, Wealth Planner, City National Bank
  • Rachel Roth, Executive Director, Crail-Johnson Foundation
  • Jeff Schaffer, Senior Advisor, Atlas Family Foundation

The Community: Seed to Bloom—Building Impact through Community Power
Led by: Stella Chung and Mary Cruz, Program Associates, The Durfee Foundation

  • Carrie Avery, President, The Durfee Foundation
  • Shawn Kravich, Board Member, John N. Calley Foundation
  • Kaci Patterson, Owner & Principal, Social Good Solutions
  • Bill Watanabe, Founding Executive Director, Retired, Little Tokyo Service Center
12:30 pm Lunch
12:55 pm

Introduction of Edgar

Nike Irvin, Board of Directors, Southern California Grantmakers and The Riordan Foundation

1:00 pm

Afternoon Keynote: A Vision Towards a Hopeful Future: Using Money as Medicine

Edgar Villanueva, Author, Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance
Vice President of Programs and Advocacy, Schott Foundation for Public Education

1:20 pm

Fireside Chat with Edgar Villanueva (includes Q&A)

Led by: Nike Irvin, Board of Directors, Southern California Grantmakers and The Riordan Foundation

2:00 pm Reception

Carrie Avery

The Durfee Foundation

Susan E. Borrego, Ph.D.

University of Michigan-Flint

Stella Chung

Durfee Foundation

Mary Cruz

Durfee Foundation

Paul DeLauro

City National Bank

Shawn Escoffery

Roy and Patricia Disney Family Foundation

Nike Irvin

The Riordan Foundation

Erin Kahn

Raikes Foundation

Shawn Kravich

John N Calley Foundation

Alexis Marion

The Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation

Jann Murray-García

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis

Kaci Patterson

Social Good Solutions

Claire Peeps

The Durfee Foundation

Angel Roberson-Daniels

Angell Foundation

Rachel Roth

Crail-Johnson Foundation

Jeff Schaffer

The Atlas Family Foundation

Gerald Solomon

Samueli Foundation

Edgar Villanueva

Decolonizing Wealth Project

Bill Watanabe

Little Tokyo Service Center

Elana Wien

Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles

Joe Womac

Specialty Family Foundation

Thursday, June 20, 2019
8:30am - 2:00pm
The California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities
1000 N. Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $250.00
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Members of Southern California Grantmakers, Northern California Grantmakers and San Diego Grantmakers: no cost to participate
Non-Members: $250

Who May Attend
This conference is designed for trustees and staff of family foundations. Other SCG members and grantmakers eligible for SCG membership are welcome to attend.

Please log in or create an account to register.
Registration Deadline: June 12, 2019

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

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