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SCG Fundamentals of Effective Grantmaking

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 to Thursday, October 26, 2017
Center for Healthy Communities
1000 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
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As you may have noticed, philanthropy has its own language, challenges, and ways of doing business that are unique from any other sector. So how can you hit the ground running with all the skills and knowledge you need to ensure your philanthropic career and your organization thrive?

SCG’s signature Fundamentals of Effective Grantmaking program is an unparalleled opportunity for foundation staff who are new to the field to learn primary grantmaking competencies and for seasoned philanthropy professionals to revisit their core grantmaking skills.

This interactive, three-day series introduces foundation staff to introductory grantmaking skills and procedures and provides opportunities to interact with colleagues in our grantmaking community during a series of engaging sessions:

  • The Process of Assessing Proposals and Site Visits
  • Building Respectful Relationships with Grantees
  • Evaluation
  • Understanding Financial Statements
  • Ethics in Grantmaking
  • Managing the Challenges of Grantmaking
  • Adopting the Networking and Mentoring Lifestyle
  • The Civic Landscape
  • Advocacy 101

In addition to three full day sessions, participants select a grantmaking organization to visit in order to observe how Fundamentals lessons operate in the workplace. 


Kafi Blumenfield, Board of Directors, The James Irvine Foundation
Raúl Bustillos, Senior Vice President, Community Relations, Bank of America
Crystal Crawford, Program Director, The California Wellness Foundation
Seyron Foo, Director, Public Policy & Government Relations
Wendy Garen, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
Joanna Jackson, Director, Grant Operations, Weingart Foundation
Carol Kim, Vice President of Community Investments & Public Affairs, Health Net, Inc.
John Kobara, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, California Community Foundation
Mary Odell, Philanthropic Leader
Claire Peeps, Executive Director, The Durfee Foundation
Jennifer Price-Letscher, Director, Programs & Special Projects, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
Jeff Schaffer, Associate, The Atlas Family Foundation
Kamella Tate, Principal, KTA/LLC
Matty Wilder, Senior Program Officer, The Herb Alpert Foundation
Adrienne Wittenberg, Executive Director, S. Mark Taper Foundation


Wednesday, October 11
Thursday, October 12
Thursday, October 26
Week of October 16-20: Visit with a Grantmaker

8:45 am to 4:00 pm
Visit with a Grantmaker is a half-day session.

Click the document links below to download the Agenda and Speaker Biographies.

Individuals who attend the full program and site visit session will receive a certificate signifying completion of the series.

Current SCG Members: $495
Eligible Non-members: $950

Program fee is due prior to the start of the program. Fees cover all course materials, lunches and refreshments.

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

This program is 101 level training designed for grantmakers who are new to the field (less than two years) or for relatively seasoned grantmakers seeking to revisit their primary grantmaking skills.

The deadline to register for this event has already passed. Please email Kameron Green at [email protected] if you have any questions.