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Partner Event - 10th Annual MENDing Poverty Conference

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
8:00am - 2:00pm PDT
10641 N. San Fernando Road Pacoima, CA 91331
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Understanding Philanthropy: Paths to Success for Poverty Service Nonprofits

8:00 am – 9:00 am: Registration, Breakfast & Networking
9:00 am – 10:30 am: Opening Plenary Session
     Moderator: Thomas E. Backer, PhD, Valley Nonprofit Resources
     Keynote Speakers:

  • Shirley Welk Fredricks
  • Lisa Parker
  • Gillian Parker
  • Lawrence Welk
  • Family Foundation

10:30 am – 10:45 am: Networking Break
10:45 am – 12:15 pm: Workshops
12:15 pm – 2:00 pm: Lunch Plenary Session

     Moderator: Susan Ng, MEND
     Special Recognition: Marianne Haver Hill
     Keynote Speakers:

  • Joe Sanberg,
  • Natalie Foster, Economic Security Project
  • Interviewed by: Tara Roth, Goldhirsh Foundation



  • Making Big Change in Nonprofits: The Change Capital Project

Speaker: Claire Knowlton, Nonprofit Finance Fund

Change Capital is a one-time major infusion of capital by a foundation or other funder to significantly change or expand the way a nonprofit makes money, spends money, or delivers its mission. It can be spent flexibly, supports longterm resilience and is given in a highly transparent process. This workshop will present successes and challenges of Change Capital funding and explore how nonprofits and funders can work together to structure grants for meaningful and lasting change.


  • How Motivations for Giving Are Different in Different Generations

Mitchell Singer, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
Jan Kern, Southern California Grantmakers
Cara Esposito, Leonetti/O’Connell Family Foundation

Much has been said about how millennials are very different than baby boomers, both in psychology and behavior – and this applies to their philanthropic interests! Generational differences in the underlying motivations for giving require sharply different approaches by nonprofits seeking support. Ways to connect and communicate, approaches to relationship building and need for data about impact are just some of the topics this workshop will explore across the generations.


  • How Advisors to the Wealthy Can Help Your Nonprofit Connect

Speaker: Jeffrey Schaffer, Janis Minton Consulting

Philanthropic advisors, private bankers, trust and estate attorneys, accountants and other advisors to the wealthy can offer unique opportunities for connecting with donors to explore individual giving opportunities. This workshop will focus on how nonprofits can connect with advisors, support the work advisors are doing in the philanthropic strategy space, and build a relationship than can open the door for future giving opportunities.

    Conference Co-Hosts:
    Susan Ng, MEND
    Thomas E. Backer, PhD, Valley Nonprofit Resources

    Conference Planning Committee Co-Chairs:
    David Factor, Max Factor Family Foundation & Executive Service Corps of Southern California
    Tara Roth, Goldhirsh Foundation

    Conference Planning Committee:
    Donna Deutchman,Habitat for Humanity, San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys
    Maria Jimenez, MEND
    Elizabeth Lazar, LA Family Housing
    Jennifer Lopez, Kaiser Permanente
    Julio Marcial, The California Wellness Foundation
    Murtaza Sanwari, Kaiser Permanente
    Angelica Solis-Montero, Youth Policy Institute
    Maggie Torres, MEND
    Amy Wiese, Kaiser Permanente
    Ashley Wright, Valley Nonprofit Resources
    Barbara Zelinski, Kaiser Permanente


    Sponsored by:
    Association of Fundraising Professionals–
    San Fernando Valley
    David Bohnett Foundation
    California Community Foundation
    Child & Family Guidance Center
    Child Care Resource Center
    Community Foundation of the Valleys
    El Nido Family Centers
    Habitat for Humanity SF/SCV
    Kaiser Permanente
    LA Family Housing
    Landegger Baron Law Group, ALC
    Office of Councilmember Bob Blumenfield
    Office of Supervisor Sheila Kuehl
    Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
    The California Endowment
    The California Wellness Foundation
    Wells Fargo
    Youth Policy Institute


    Co-Hosted by:
    MEND and Valley Nonprofit Resources


    MEND – Meet Each Need with Dignity is the largest, volunteer-powered, poverty-relief agency in the San Fernando Valley, providing emergency food, clothing, medical, eye care and dental care, ESL classes, job skills training and job referral assistance to as many as 37,000 low income clients each month.

    Valley Nonprofit Resources (VNR) offers education, technical assistance and information to strengthen the nearly 5,000 nonprofits in the San Fernando Valley. Its VNR Platform is a free, fully-searchable geo-map of all the Valley’s nonprofits. VNR is based at California State University Northridge.

    Early Bird Fee: $99 (until Monday, May 29, 2017, 5:00pm)
    Full Fee: $119

    Register online at

    Maggie Torres or Maria Jimenez at MEND
    818-897-2443 or [email protected]

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