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An Innovation in Nonprofit Sustainability: Launching the Southern California Capacity Building Collaborative

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
9:30am - 12:30pm PDT
The California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities. Redwood Room
1000 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $0.00
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Event Overview

How can funders address the targeted capacity building needs of nonprofits, at scale, throughout Southern California? The Annenberg Foundation and Catchafire, working with other Southern California funders and SCG, are building a regional collaborative that will focus on nonprofit sustainability in an innovative new way.

This collaborative aims to democratize capacity building support and make it available to every nonprofit in the region. Learn more about their vision and how your organization might get involved.

Following the program, there will be an optional networking lunch from 12:30pm – 2:00pm. 

Learn more about the Southern California Capacity Building Collaborative.


Registration for this event has closed. If you would like to attend, please contact Jessica LeTarte at [email protected]



  • Marsha Bonner, Director of Programs, Community Grantmaking & Special Initiatives, Annenberg Foundation
  • Rachael Chong, Catchafire
  • Reverend Mark A. Gaskins, TVM Co-Founder & Board Chair, The Village Method
  • Angel Roberson Daniels, Executive Director, Angell Foundation


Presenter Bios


Marsha Bonner
Director of Programs, Community Grantmaking & Special Initiatives, Annenberg Foundation

Marsha E. Bonner joined the Annenberg Foundation in September 2015 and has over 30 years of grantmaking experience. At the Annenberg Foundation, she is responsible for oversight of Programs, Grants Administration, the Alchemy program—a capacity building and training initiative, and the new impact investing program. She previously served as the Director of Grantmaking and Evaluation at the Marguerite Casey Foundation in Seattle, WA; Vice President for Programs at the Marin Community Foundation in Novato, CA; Associate Director and Program Officer at the Aaron Diamond Foundation in New York City; and Executive Director of the North Star Fund in New York City. A graduate of Princeton University, she is a member of the Board of Directors for Carlos Santana’s Milagro Foundation in San Rafael, CA.

Rachael Chong
Founder and CEO, Catchafire

Rachael Chong is the Founder and CEO of Catchafire, the first online platform to provide high-quality capacity building services to nonprofits and social enterprises. Through Catchafire’s innovative web-based platform and network of more than 10 million professionals, nonprofits have access to people with expert skills who can help them with operational needs. Catchafire’s agile and cost-effective model makes it possible for grantmakers to provide capacity building services to any nonprofit that the foundation seeks to serve. 

Rachael was born in Canberra, Australia and grew up in multiple cities across Asia. She came to the United States to attend Barnard College at Columbia University. Her first job after college was as an investment banker which she saw as her “practical MBA” and an important part of her journey to leverage the power of business for social good. Prior to founding Catchafire, Rachael helped to startup BRAC USA, the U.S. affiliate of the Bangladeshi nonprofit, BRAC, the largest poverty alleviation organization in the world. Rachael holds a Master’s of Public Policy from Duke University, is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business.


Reverend Mark A. Gaskins, TVM Co-Founder & Board Chair

Reverend Mark A. Gaskins
Co-Founder & Board Chair, The Village Mehod

Over the past twenty years, Rev. Mark Gaskins has dedicated himself to being a community servant and has actively connected with school district leaders, city officials, law enforcement, local clergy, alumni, and businesses. His father has been the pastor of Bethel Baptist Church of Union City, CA for over 35 years and is the foundational example of servant leadership that resonates with Rev. Gaskins. He combines his passion for supporting the youth and families with his experience of consulting global enterprise organizations in the evaluation, purchase, and implementation of software solutions. Mr. Gaskins’ years of experience in software sales and organizational development is put to work at The Village Method where he manages the operations of fundraising, community engagement, and strategic programming. His ability to develop lasting relationships across a diverse network of large corporations, engage youth and families, and manage multiple projects has proven to be valuable in moving The Village Method to the next level of partnerships and collaborations in the Bay Area. Mr. Gaskins holds a Bachelor of Science from California State University East Bay.


Angel Roberson Daniels
Executive Director, Angell Foundation

Angel Roberson Daniels, Executive Director, oversees the Angell Foundation’s strategic direction and daily operations. In her role, she manages and works closely with the Angell team to administer its annual grantmaking portfolio, stewards collaboration with partners and guides the overall planning, communication and assessment efforts.

Throughout her career, she has worked with foundations and community-based organizations to design and evaluate initiatives that produce positive outcomes for underserved and under-resourced communities. Prior to joining the Angell Foundation, Angel spent six years at First 5 LA where she lead organizational strategic planning efforts and was instrumental in the allocation of over $800 million in investments designed to benefit young children and their families. As an evaluator with the UCLA Technical Assistance Group, she facilitated assessment and planning efforts for local public health agencies and worked on issues stemming from the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS to tobacco control.

Angel serves on the Board of the Liberty Hill Foundation and Boston Opportunity Agenda, chairs the Los Angeles County Arts Education Collective and is former co-chair of the Los Angeles Partnership for Early Childhood Investment. Angel has a profound commitment to supporting the personal and professional development of transformational leaders in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector. She is the facilitator for the Southern California Grantmakers’ Emerging Leaders Program, presenter for Fundamentals of Grantmaking and African American Board Leadership Institute (AABLI) and has served as a coach for the Alchemy leadership development program. Angel is a Leadership Fellow and member of the Association of Black Foundation Executives.


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Fees: No cost to participate

Who May Attend: Current SCG members and grantmakers eligible for SCG membership.


SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
Non-members: Register online. If you do not have an SCG account, contact us.

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this event, 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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