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2018 Annual Conference: "Our Common Humanity"

The country is more divided politically and culturally than ever before and there are a dizzying number of conversations - often times conflicting - taking place over multiple channels and platforms. Yet, there is one thing that binds us together: Our Common Humanity.

All of us have some basic, innate features that unify us and ultimately give us hope for the future. The philanthropic sector can draw on this common humanity in order to effect positive change in our communities and around the world.

At #SCGAnnualCon18, we’ll engage in a dialogue about what brings us together in a divided world. This year, we will convene in a unique meeting space that is conducive to these conversations: the Intercontinental Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. Join over 600 colleagues from our diverse philanthropic community of private, public, family, individual and corporate change-makers for this dynamic and inspiring day. We hope to see you there!

john a. powell is our keynote speaker!

We are thrilled to announce internationally recognized expert john a. powell as this year's keynote speaker. He is the Executive Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, which supports research to generate specific prescriptions for changes in policy and practice that address disparities related to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability and socioeconomics in California and nationwide. In addition to being a Professor of Law and Professor of African American Studies and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, Professor powell holds the Robert D. Haas Chancellor’s Chair in Equity and Inclusion. 

Special Performance by Daniel Beaty

Daniel Beaty is an award-winning actor, singer, writer and community activist. He is the co-writer and lead actor of the upcoming feature film Chapter & Verse with Loretta Devine and Omari Hardwick about a man who re-integrates into society after eight years in prison. Daniel recently completed a documentary about the impact of mass incarceration on children and families called BEHIND THE GLASS. A child of an incarcerated parent himself, Daniel’s poem KNOCK KNOCK is an Internet sensation receiving millions of views and has been made into a children's book, also titled KNOCK KNOCK, published by Little Brown Books.

Times Subject to Change

7:30 am


8:00 am

Networking Breakfast

8:30 am

Welcoming Remarks and State of SCG and Members Meeting

Beatriz Solís, Chair, Southern California Grantmakers Board of Directors;

Director, Healthy Communities (South), The California Endowment

9:00 am

Keynote Address and Fire Side Chat with john a. powell

Director, Haas Institute for a Fair & Inclusive Society; Robert D. Haas Chancellor’s Chair in Equity and Inclusion Professor of Law, African American and Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley

10:00 am


10:30 am

Morning Breakout Sessions

12:00 pm

Lunch and Special Performance

Daniel Beaty, Award-Winning Actor, Singer, Writer and Community Activist

1:30 pm


2:00 pm

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

3:30 pm


3:45 pm

Closing Plenary

4:30 pm

Cocktail Hour

5:30 pm


Amanda Andere

Chief Executive Officer, Funders Together to End Homelessness

Daniel Beaty

Actor, Singer, Writer and Community Activist

Christine Essel

President and Chief Executive Officer, Southern California Grantmakers

Jeanne Fekade-Sellassie

Project Director, Funders for Housing and Opportunity

Sara Goldrick-Rab

Professor of Higher Education Policy & Sociology, Temple University; Founder, Wisconsin HOPE Lab

Tyrone Howard

Professor, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies; Associate Dean for Equity & Inclusion; Director and Founder, Black Male Institute, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)

John E. Kobara

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, California Community Foundation

Bill Pitkin

Director, Domestic Programs, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation; Board Chair, FTEH

john a. powell

Director, Haas Institute for a Fair & Inclusive Society; Robert D. Haas Chancellor’s Chair in Equity and Inclusion Professor of Law, African American and Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Beatriz Solís

Director of Healthy Communities (South), The California Endowment

Lori Villarosa

Founder and Executive Director, Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE)





InterContinental Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

900 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Vehicle entry on 7th St. between Figueroa and Francisco. 

Front Desk: +1 (213) 688‑7777
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[email protected] or (213) 680-8866 ext. 226.

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Monday, September 17, 2018
9:00am - 5:00pm PDT
InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown
900 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Members: $400.00 (please log in to register)
Non-Members: $900.00
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$400 for SCG members registered by August 17
$475 for SCG members registered after August 17
$900 for non-members who meet SCG eligibility criteria.

Members of Northern California Grantmakers and San Diego Grantmakers can register at the SCG member rate. Contact us for more information.

Who May Attend

Current SCG, NCG and SDG members and others eligible for membership. Space is limited.


Please register by clicking the "REGISTER NOW" button to the right.

SCG Members: You must log in to your SCG account to register.
NCG and SDG Members: Contact us for more information.
Eligible Non-Members: If you do not have an SCG account, contact us.

Sponsors: Please contact Rachel Doria at [email protected] to register.

Accomodations 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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