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How Can Capacity Building Be Used to Respond to Challenges in Border Regions?: Philanthropy California + GEO Member Call

Monday, January 13, 2020
10:00am - 11:00am PST
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Join your peers in an interactive discussion to surface and share strategies, examples and questions in responding to challenges facing immigrants, refugees and their communities. Daranee Petsod, president of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, will provide opening and framing remarks from a national perspective. Eliza Brennan, Program Officer, International Community Foundation will share information about their capacity-building work in border-regions.


Discussion Topics

  • Defining equitable capacity-building strategies and how it applies to your work.
  • Addressing urgent needs vs. long-term capacity to sustain crisis funding over time.
  • When applying a racial equity lens to grantmaking, what ideas have been tried and what challenges have been confronted.
  • What equity looks like when funding outside the United States versus funding with an equity lens in the United States.



Eliza Brennan 

Program Officer, International Community Foundation

Eliza leads ICF’s Education portfolio with the goal of expanding educational opportunities for vulnerable children in Mexico and other regions of Latin America to succeed in school, careers and life. She also oversees ICF’s programmatic work in Guatemala and a small, but growing portfolio of grants to promote and increase access to the arts. 

Daranee Petsod 

President, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees

As president of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR), she leads an influential national organization that has catalyzed and leveraged hundreds of millions in philanthropic funding to protect the rights of immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers—and cultivate their inclusion and contributions to our society. 

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No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG, SDG and GEO members

SCG, NCG, SDG and GEO members register using the external link
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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