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LA County Child Welfare Funders Collaborative Meeting

Thursday, December 10, 2020
10:00am - 11:30am

DCFS Chief Deputy Director Ginger Pryor will share plans for their initiative “Thriving Families, Safer Children: A National Commitment to Well-being,” and how it will intersect with Invest LA Cross-Sector Collaboration and Family First reforms. We will then integrate perspectives from leading community-based organizations, including Dr. Carrie Johnson from United American Indian Involvement and COO Ellen Cervantes from Child Care Resource Center, as well as from parents and peer county departments, including Dr. Jon Sherin Director of the Department of Mental Health. Each speaker will unpack what is important to truly achieving “child well-being” and will present opportunities for how philanthropic engagement can help move forward needed systemic transformation.

 

Speaker

Ellen Cervantes

Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, The Child Care Resource Center

Ellen Cervantes has extensive experience in non-profit management and program. She oversees the direct service work of the agency which includes its three core businesses: Head Start, Child Care Financial Assistance, and Resource & Referral/Child Development. Ellen also manages the agency's Social Enterprise, as well as Property Management. Ellen has been instrumental in securing grant funding for agency programs such as the Home Visitation Project, Gateways Career Program and the Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP) Hub. Ellen was also the driving force behind CCRC's Early Head Start, a program providing vital services to children ages 0 – 3 and a variety of grant projects including Reducing Obesity in Child Care Settings and countywide immunizations.

Ellen is currently serving on First 5's Best Start LA Workforce Development Project, an initiative focused on creating a workforce that can best support the county's prenatal-through-3 population. She also serves on the Governing Board for the County's Early Identification and Intervention Collaborative (EII), a county-wide collaboration dedicated to improving and expanding timely identification of, and intervention for, children with or at risk of delays, disabilities and other barriers of development.

Ellen earned a Master's in Social Work from UC Berkeley to make the world a better place. She is active in her community, lends her time as a volunteer and serves on the board for her Synagogue.

Dr. Carrie Johnson

Director of Seven Generations Child & Family Services

Dr. Carrie Johnson (Wahpeton Dakota) is a licensed clinical psychologist and the Director of the Seven Generations Child and Family Counseling Center at United American Indian Involvement in Los Angeles, California. For the last 20 years, Dr. Johnson has provided Behavioral Health services to American Indians in Los Angeles County, including mental health treatment, grant writing, integrating traditional healing into services and evaluation of the services. Dr. Johnson is involved with local county-wide and State wide advisory boards to increase the access and cultural competence of services provided to Native Americans. She is also an experienced trainer and consultant in the impact of intergenerational trauma on Indian children, families, and communities; and provides consultation, training, and workshops on a Community and Family Healing Model she has developed. Dr. Johnson also provides TA on program development, grant writing, evaluation and direct services for Native Americans.

Ginger Pryor, MSW

Chief Deputy Director, Department of Children and Family Services

Ginger Pryor has more than 30 years of experience leading child welfare and social services policy and system improvement initiatives. She is the Chief Deputy Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, where she oversees operations and services. Ginger is deeply passionate and committed to bringing hope to vulnerable communities and organizations through human service innovation, leadership development, and strategic system and policy reform.

Prior to joining the LA County Department of Children and Family Services, Ginger served as the Director of the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services, where she managed Child Welfare and the Office of Family Independence; Senior Director of the Casey Family Programs Los Angeles Field Office; and, Senior Director of Strategic Consulting with Casey Family Programs, a national child welfare foundation based in Seattle, Washington.

Her commitment to hope and inspiration also extends to her volunteer work as a mentor for youth in the foster care system, as well as her service as past Board Member and President of the Black Administrators in Child Welfare (BACW) – an organization whose mission is to advocate for culturally appropriate services for African American children and families in the child welfare system.  She has also served as Adjunct Faculty for the Schools of Social Work at Howard University and Virginia Commonwealth University, working to prepare the next generation of child welfare advocates.

Ms. Pryor is also the Principal of Immersion Consulting, which allows her to demonstrate purposeful inspiration by building the capacity of individuals, groups and organizations to both lead and serve.

Jonathan E. Sherin, M.D., Ph.D. 

Director of Mental Health, Los Angeles County 

Dr. Jonathan Sherin is a longtime wellbeing advocate who has worked tirelessly throughout his career on behalf of vulnerable populations. In his current role as Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LAC-DMH), he oversees the largest public mental health system in the United States with an annual budget approaching $3 billion. 

Prior to joining LAC-DMH, Dr. Sherin served for over a decade at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) where he held a variety of posts, most recently as chief of mental health for the Miami VA Healthcare System. He has also held a variety of academic posts, formerly as vice-chairman for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at University of Miami, and currently as volunteer clinical professor at both UCLA and USC. 

In addition to his leadership in the health and human services sector, Dr. Sherin has made significant contributions to the field of neuroscience, which include seminal sleep research studies, published in Science magazine, and a conceptual model of the psychotic process for which he received the prestigious Kempf Award from the American Psychiatric Association. 

Dr. Sherin completed his undergraduate work at Brown University, his graduate studies at the University of Chicago and Harvard Medical School, and his residency in psychiatry at UCLA. 

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Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG, and SDG members and eligible non-members

Registration
SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
NCG & SDG members: Please contact [email protected] to register.
Non-members: Register online. If you do not have an SCG account, contact us.
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [email protected]

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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The Future of Family Philanthropy: Positioning Families for Greatness,

Thursday, December 10, 2020
9:00am - 10:15am

Philanthropic families are expanding their impact, knowledge of the field, and becoming increasingly sophisticated in their giving. There is further demand for philanthropic guidance and resources as donors and their families leverage multiple philanthropic vehicles, engage the next generation, and look to increase their payout rates or even spend down. NCFP President and CEO Nick Tedesco has spent the last year on a listening tour connecting with giving families and listening to their needs and suggestions for the field. Join Nick and NCFP board members as they share reflections, discuss the future direction of the field and how we can position our community of giving families for even greater success in the years to come.

 

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The Ethos of Being Trust-Based Session 1: Permission to Pause: You Have To Go Slowly To Go Far

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 - 10:00am to Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 11:30am

About the Series

The Ethos of Being Trust-Based, developed by Trust-Based Philanthropy Project, Philanthropy CA, and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, is a webinar series dedicated to exploring the fundamental values and dispositions central to a trust-based approach. At the heart of this work is a deep focus on building trust and relationships at every level, both internally and externally. This requires constant self-examination, a cultivation of interpersonal skills, a willingness to reimagine and adjust organizational practices, and an understanding of the greater systemic factors that have given way to the institution of philanthropy as a whole. It requires that we see and name how racial inequities have been perpetuated in our institutions, behaviors, and practices, even as we strive to alleviate them. Trust-based philanthropy invites us to understand and take action on these ideas at the personal, interpersonal, organizational, and systemic levels in order to interrupt the perpetuation of power imbalances in our sector.

Between the global pandemic and this country’s racial reckoning, our interconnectedness, and inequalities, have never been clearer. From this reality, how can we cultivate trust-based dispositions that support mutuality throughout crisis response, and beyond? 

  • How can we seize the potential for redistribution of power, especially to benefit communities that have been systematically oppressed? 

  • How might we fully embody partnership in a spirit of service? 

  • What context is essential for us to understand? 

  • What behaviors do we need to un-learn? 

  • And can we embrace and sustain self-reflection and generative listening as must-have tools for transformation? 

Join the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project, Philanthropy California, and GEO as we explore these questions and examine the aspects of trust-building essential for a strong and healthy ecosystem at all levels: individually, interpersonally, inter-organizationally, and systemically. Each webinar will: 1) feature seasoned perspectives on some of the overarching concepts related to trust-based values and dispositions; 2) include stories and lessons from funders who try to live and breathe relational values; and, 3) offer space for small group reflection on how to cultivate what’s required to embed a trust-based ethos in our philanthropic practice.

 

About Session 1: Permission to Pause — You Have To Go Slowly To Go Far

The work we do in philanthropy—and the work of our nonprofit partners—is not immune to the complexities and chaos of a changing world. Amidst a global pandemic, threats to our democracy, and environmental devastation,  we are pushed to be hyperproductive problem-solvers. While these tendencies are brought to bear “in the heat of the moment,” they’re limiting over the long-term, especially when strategic thinking and attuned sensitivities are needed. We cultivate the latter by slowing down, stilling our minds, getting in touch with signals from our body, and allowing the resulting data to inform our action. Beneath our professional titles and roles, trust-based philanthropy acknowledges that we are one piece of a longer arc of time and a larger ecosystem, and that sometimes, we have to go slowly if we want to go far. In this session, we’ll:

  • Explore diverse reflective practices that support us to slow down;

  • Learn how to clearly see and check in with our intention and motivation before acting; 

  • Understand how habitual ways of responding, sometimes rooted in our own trauma, can sometimes sabotage authentic relationship and trust-building;

  • Learn strategies for moving from habitual response into choice; and,

  • Explore ways funders can support grantee partners and colleagues in cultivating these skills.

 

Moderator

Carlos Medina, San Diego Grantmakers

 

Speakers

Pia Infante, Co-Executive Director, The Whitman Institute

Supriya Lopez Pillai, Executive Director, Hidden Leaf Foundation

Shruti Jayaraman, Chief Investments Officer, Chicago Beyond

 

Other Sessions

Session 2: Interpersonal Skills — The Hardest Skill Building You'll Ever Do >>> Learn More

Tuesday, January 12 | 10:00am - 11:30am

 

Session 3: Building Trust Begins at Home — Practices That Advance or Weaken Trust in Your Organization >>> Learn More

Tuesday, February 23 | 10:00am - 11:30am

 

Session 4: Confronting and Correcting Historical Power Imbalances >>> Learn More

Tuesday, March 30 | 10:00am - 11:30am

 

Session 5: Reimagining Funder Roles in a Trust-Based Context >>> Learn More

Tuesday, April 27 | 10:00am - 11:30am 

 

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Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG, and SDG members and eligible non-members

Registration
SCG members: Register online.
NCG & SDG members: Register online.
Non-members: Register online.
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [email protected]

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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Impact Investing: Investing to Create Equitable Jobs

Tuesday, December 1, 2020
10:30am - 12:00pm
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As we rebuild our economy in the wake of COVID-19, we are left with an opportunity to make inclusive growth a new cornerstone of American economic progress. Learn about San Diego Workforce Partnership’s innovative Income Sharing Agreements and hear from HCAP, a middle-market private equity impact fund, that has been trailblazing investment approaches to create and maintain quality jobs.

 

Speakers

Bhairvee Shavdia

Principal, HCAP

Bhairvee joined HCAP Partners in September 2015 and holds a unique role spanning both the firm’s Impact and Investment practices. Bhairvee has led the construction and implementation of HCAP’s current impact framework and methodology around quality job creation, the Gainful Jobs Approach, and she is a key contributor to the firm’s continued recognition as a thought leader in the impact investing field. In her role leading the firm’s ongoing impact investing initiatives, she is also responsible for the firm’s impact measurement and reporting practices, including writing the firm’s Annual Impact Report. Bhairvee also participates in the origination and analysis of new investment opportunities, investment due diligence, deal underwriting, and investment monitoring. She currently serves as a board observer of portfolio company A Better Life Recovery and is actively involved in the firm’s investments in Confirm BioSciences and Mission Healthcare.

Brooke Valle

Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, San Diego Workforce Partnership

Brooke Valle's experience and passions converge around using strategy, innovation and evaluation to transform lives. Brooke has nearly two decades of work designing and implementing organizational strategy, leading large-scale business process improvement projects, addressing data system needs and running high-stakes programs on everything from innovative education financing, workforce development and economic mobility to immigration, security, and defense. Her experience includes work with the Department of State, Peace Corps, United States Africa Command, Central Intelligence Agency, Economic Development Department, Department of Labor, Walmart, Aspen, World Economic Forum, Strada, The James Irvine Foundation, Lumina Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and Deloitte.

 

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Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG, and SDG members and eligible non-members

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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Connecting California: Solving the Digital Divide, Part Three

Thursday, November 19, 2020
9:00am - 10:30am

In August, the Michelson 20MM Foundation launched its Connecting California learning series convening the public, private and philanthropic sectors to strengthen our collective understanding of the history and root causes of the “digital divides” –– the economic and educational gaps created by inequitable access to high-speed internet, computing devices, and digital literacy resources. Connecting California features business leaders, digital equity practitioners, philanthropic investors and policymakers—all speaking to different facets of the complex landscape for building digital equity solutions at national, state and local levels. 

Join Michelson 20MM on November 19th for the next Connecting California event. “Philanthropy Post-COVID: Where Do We Go From Here?” will spotlight philanthropic leaders and the digital equity investments they’ve made pre- and post-pandemic. Hear from grantmakers, public-private liaisons, and venture investors as they share best practices, lessons learned, and how to build back better beyond COVID-19. 

 

Speakers

Adrianne B. Furniss
Executive Director, Board Member, and Trustee, Benton Institute for Broadband & Society

Adrianne B. Furniss is Executive Director, Board Member, and Trustee of the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society, a private operating foundation with offices in Evanston, Illinois. Since 1981, the Benton Institute has been committed to access, equity, and diversity to fulfill its mission: that everyone in the United States should have equal access to open, affordable, High-Performance Broadband as a means to deliver individual opportunity, strengthen communities, and ensure a thriving democracy.

Currently, Adrianne serves on the Board of Advisors for the Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC) and as Secretary and Executive Committee member of the Board of Directors for PCs for People.

David Rattray
President & CEO, UNITE-LA

David Rattray is the President & CEO of UNITE-LA. Since 1998, he has led UNITE-LA in ensuring the continuous improvement of effective and aligned cradle-to-career public education and workforce development systems in Los Angeles, resulting in all children and youth having access to a high-quality education.

Previously Rattray spent more than 20 years in the foodservice distribution industry. Rattray serves on the L.A. City Workforce Development Board and Youth Council and was vice chair of the State Workforce Investment Board’s Lifelong Learning Committee. He is also the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Linked Learning Alliance. Rattray earned his M.B.A. from the University of Southern California.

Priyanka Sharma
Co-Director, Digital US World Education, Inc. 

Priyanka Sharma leads innovative projects for World Education, Inc. on college and career readiness, technology integration, digital transformation, and digital skills development. Priyanka co-leads Digital US, a national initiative with a cross-sector approach to design a learn and work ecosystem that fosters digital resilience for all learner workers in the U.S., and also directs the New England Literacy Resource Center (NELRC), leading projects that emerge from collaboration among the policy-makers, professional developers, and practitioners in the five member states. She is based in Boston, MA. 

Leon Wilson
Chief of Digital Innovation & Chief Information Officer, Cleveland Foundation

Leon Wilson has over 25 years in Information Technology, currently as the Chief of Digital Innovation & Chief Information Officer at the Cleveland Foundation. In this dual role, Leon is part of the executive committee leading the foundation’s Information & Technology Services department, focusing on strategic and transformational use of technology and data within the foundation and the philanthropic sector. Additionally, as Chief of Digital Innovation, Leon oversees the foundation’s Digital Excellence grant-making strategy geared toward “building a stronger, more equitable and inclusive digital community” tackling Cleveland’s digital divide; along with elevating Greater Cleveland’s position as a intelligent / smart city and regional technology innovation hub.

 

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Presented by Co-hosts

The Michelson 20MM Foundation


Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG, and SDG members

Registration
SCG members: Register online
NCG & SDG members: Register online
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [email protected]

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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The Evolution of Family Philanthropy: The DR Fund Shares Lessons Learned from 30 Years of Giving

Thursday, November 12, 2020
9:00am - 10:15am

Philanthropy is an ever-evolving effort—as the world and family shifts, so too must a family’s philanthropy. This nimbleness and ability to adapt is a hallmark of the Rockefeller family, and The David Rockefeller Fund’s 30 year history reflects the fact that while change is inevitable and necessary, it can remain rooted in the values and legacy of family. This discussion featuring the DR Fund’s CEO and two generations of family leadership will explore the strategies, lessons learned, and future vision of this iconic philanthropic family.

 

SCG members get free access to all webinars from the National Center for Family Philanthropy. If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact [email protected]kers.org

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Re-imagine LA: Dismantling Systemic Racism by Investing in Health, Housing, and Jobs

Thursday, October 29, 2020
12:00pm - 1:30pm

In unprecedented times, we need historic measures. Measure J to Re-Imagine LA would set a national precedent, permanently investing billions of dollars directly toward the health, housing, and economic justice that our communities, particularly our communities of color, have been calling out for.  

Building off the incredible work of Black Lives Matter and Alternatives to Incarceration movements locally, cross-sector leaders in Los Angeles have come together to quickly place a charter amendment on the November 3 ballot to reallocate funding for community change and homelessness prevention. With just a simple majority vote, Measure J would permanently dedicate a minimum of 10% of unrestricted locally generated tax revenues in LA County to community services and alternatives to incarceration, creating a generational investment and beginning to realign the County’s budget to the values and priorities of its residents. Now a coalition of 100+ community organizations, justice leaders, and advocates across issue areas are coming together to pass Measure J. 

Join leaders from Re-Imagine LA and the United Way of Greater Los Angeles to learn more about the Measure J campaign, how funders in any community can engage and invest in this precedent-setting measure in LA, and you can act locally to replicate the transformational impact of Measure J in your own community, if you are outside LA County.

Participation in this program is limited to private funders.

 

Speakers

•    Chris Ko, Managing Director of Homelessness & Strategic Initiatives (United Way of Greater Los Angeles) 
•    Eunisses Hernandez, Chair (Re-Imagine LA) & Co-Executive Director (La Defensa) 
•    Tommy Newman, Treasurer (Re-Imagine LA) & Senior Director of Impact Initiatives (United Way of Greater Los Angeles) 
 

PLEASE NOTE: This program is co-hosted with Funders Together to End Homelessness. Participation in this program is limited to private funders, including foundations, United Ways, corporate giving programs, individual philanthropists, and philanthropy serving organizations (PSOs). If you have questions about your eligibility to register, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs at Funders Together to End Homelessness.  

 

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Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Private funders who are members of SCG

Registration
SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [email protected]

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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