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Real Cost Project: Orange County Regional Forum

Friday, June 19, 2015
9:00am - 11:30am PDT
Orange County United Way
18012 Mitchell South, Irvine, CA 92614
Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $0.00
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Sold out! Real Cost Project Regional Forum in Orange County - Held in Partnership with the Orange County Funders Roundtable 

All of us involved in philanthropy today—foundations, individual donors, corporations, government, nonprofits, and community leaders—recognize that the social sector is in the midst of a radical transformation. 

Accordingly, grantmakers across California are examining their practices and looking to develop new approaches in order to increase impact in the communities they serve. Recently, many grantmakers have begun exploring an approach based on real cost funding—that is all of the necessary investments for a nonprofit organization to deliver on mission and to be sustainable over the long term. This approach to grantmaking starts with the end in mind—what are the outcomes you are looking to achieve and what does it really cost to deliver those outcomes?

Northern California Grantmakers, San Diego Grantmakers and Southern California Grantmakers are pleased to announce the launch of our new joint initiative—the Real Cost Project—to increase the impact of philanthropy across California. The Real Cost Project seeks to provide the knowledge and skills to support an outcomes-based funding approach and identify the best new practices and approaches to increasing impact. For information and updates on project initiatives, upcoming convenings, additional resources, and news visit

As a first step, we will host a series of forums and convenings across the state designed to shine a light on key considerations about full-cost funding and improving outcomes. 

Join us to engage in dynamic discussions with leading grantmakers, advocates, and experts in the field about how grantmakers can improve nonprofit outcomes through real cost funding. Orange County participants will hear from keynote speaker Fred Ali, President and CEO, Weingart Foundation. We'll also hear perspectives from  Sylia Obagi (@sylia_o), Executive Director of the Roy & Patricia Disney Family Foundation; Shawna Smith, CEO/Executive Director, Taller San Jose (@TallerSanJose); and Eric Walker, Senior Advisor for InsideNGO (@InsideNGO).

The forums are part of SCG's work in the Real Cost Project, a statewide initiative to explore what it takes for funders to develop new grantmaking strategies based on what it really costs to deliver outcomes.

Participants will hear from fellow grantmakers who are working to make these changes in their funding practices, as well as experts who will address emerging statewide trends. Additionally, nonprofit leaders will share their perspectives about the full cost of delivering on their missions.

At the forum, you'll also have opportunities to engage directly with your fellow grantmakers to identify some of the organizational barriers and challenges that might limit and, in some cases, prevent the adoption of real cost funding.


No cost to participate

This program is sold out.

Who May Participate:
Current SCG, SDG, and NCG members, and grantmakers eligible for SCG membership. Also open to OC Funders Roundtable members. 
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