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About Us

Southern California Grantmakers (SCG) is a community of philanthropists and grantmakers working to make a difference in our communities and around the world. Our members include family, private, public, independent, community and corporate foundations and corporate giving programs, individuals, and government agencies.

We believe that a strong and informed giving community is essential to improving the quality of life for all Southern Californians. At SCG, we understand the region’s philanthropic community, we know our local nonprofits and civic partners, and we recognize the key issues you face. SCG connects grantmakers across Southern California through sector-wide conferences, trainings, networking opportunities and funder convenings—providing space for collaboration and coordinated action on critical issues. We support and advance effective grantmaking in eight Southern California counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Kern, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura.

SCG is a 501c3 nonprofit nonpartisan organization. 

Our Mission

Southern California Grantmakers’ mission is to champion effective philanthropy and advance collaborative efforts that create meaningful change in our communities.


Our Values

Our values are at the heart of the SCG community. They guide our strategy, inform our day-to-day work, and move us to take action.


Everything we do centers around creating community: whether it is with our members, strategic partners, or leaders in the nonprofit, private, or public sectors. We raise up and support opportunities for our members to share, learn, and work together as a way to strengthen and complement each other’s efforts.


We encourage dialogue and action around the challenges that our sector exists to address, and create opportunities for members to have a voice within and beyond the funder community, as well as through civic engagement and public policy.


We bring to our work a sense of curiosity and desire to continually grow and improve as an organization. We enable our members to continually sharpen their professional skills and knowledge—and to share their skills and knowledge with one another as a dynamic learning community.


We respect differing viewpoints across our organization, membership, and our broader society, and believe that diversity of ideas and experiences leads to better strategies for our sector. We recognize that in order to address our greatest challenges and advance equity, we need to counter existing power dynamics by seeking out less-often-heard leaders and community voices to inform our work.


We bring strategic thinking to all aspects of our work, helping philanthropy and its partners make a positive and lasting difference in our communities through their giving, expertise, networks, convening power, advocacy, and freedom to take risks.

Events & Networking

Offering a full slate of professional development opportunities and networking events.

Action-Oriented Results

Fostering collaborative action for measurable change on critical issues and initiatives.

Leadership Hub

Shining a light on funders' common needs and interests—and bringing leaders to the table.

News & Resources

Share your learning and get access to best practices and research from your peers.