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Season of Giving

Thursday, December 1, 2016
11:30am - 1:30pm PST
Center for Healthy Communities
1000 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $100.00
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Please join us on December 1st for the annual winter gathering of the SCG Family Philanthropy community! This year, we are trying something new: instead of our traditional January luncheon, we invite you to a special program as the holidays begin, recognizing inspiring stories of communities in need during this Season of Giving.

Created for family foundations, Season of Giving is an opportunity to open our eyes and hearts, consider different kinds of vulnerable populations in our philanthropy, and explore how we can help, either through foundation or personal giving. 

After an overwhelmingly positive response to the featured social change agents at our 2016 Annual Conference, we are thrilled to provide another special opportunity to hear directly from leaders changing our community and our world for the better. 

In a conversation moderated by Annie Hernandez, Executive Director of the Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation, we'll hear powerful and uplifting stories from those who have been directly impacted by war, human trafficking, and homelessness—and from the leaders who serve them: 

It is our hope that Season of Giving will put a different face on some of our vulnerable populations by highlighting the personal stories of both survivors and individuals working on the frontlines of these challenging issues.

The luncheon will provide ample time for networking, and guests are encouraged to connect and share about their giving, as well as consider new traditions at this holiday season.

While this event has been designed for the SCG family philanthropy community, other SCG members and grantmakers eligible for SCG membership are welcome to attend.

Be inspired and start your holidays by joining SCG at Season of Giving


Kim Biddle
Founder and CEO, Saving Innocence

Kim Biddle is the Founder and CEO of Saving Innocence, a 501c(3) nonprofit that works to end child sex trafficking and provide specialized victim services to children within the United States. While her work to eradicate human trafficking began overseas in 2004 throughout Southeast Asia and Africa, Biddle's conviction to help the forgotten victims in our own backyard led her to refocus efforts domestically. Founded in 2010, Saving Innocence became the first organization to be contracted by Los Angeles County to partner with law enforcement 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on rescue operations, and provide these victims with long-term therapeutic care and case management. To date, Saving Innocence has provided a continuum of care to hundreds of child victims, trained thousands of law enforcement officers and other frontline responders, and provided specialized victim advocacy on over 60 state and federal human trafficking cases resulting in a 100% conviction rate. Biddle received her Bachelor in Education and Master of Social Work degrees from the University of Southern California, and a specialized trauma certification from Harvard University. She is a subject matter expert who has been featured by NPR, ABC, CBS, and the New York Times, and nationally advises government officials in the creation of new laws and policies. She has received multiple awards for her abolitionist work nationwide, including those from the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors, Probation Department, and the District Attorney’s Office. This past year, Biddle was honored as one of L.A. Weekly’s 2015 People of the Year, naming her “The Human Shield”. 

Ambassador Craig Johnstone 
Former Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees 

Craig Johnstone has served at the level of Assistant Secretary of State, US Ambassador, President of a major NGO, Deputy UN High Commissioner and as a private sector CEO.  In each capacity he has been responsible for developing a vision around the organization’s objectives, building a strategic plan and then moving it to implementation. Ambassador Johnstone has served on an emergency basis as President of Refugees International, selected a successor and remained to the present on the Executive Committee of the Board. At the request of the UN, he helped restructure the Board of USA for UNHCR and lead it out of crisis. He remains Treasurer and Finance Committee Chairman. Ambassador Johnstone also serves as Chairman of the Finance Committee of Vital Voices Global Partnership an NGO dedicated to women’s empowerment. Vital Voices was established by then First Lady Hillary Clinton with Craig’s assistance. In his role as UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees from 2007 - 2010 he was an early spokesperson on the perils of climate change and its impact on migration and refugees.

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

11:30 am Pre-program networking time
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm Lunch and program

SCG members: No cost to participate
Eligible non-members: $100

SCG members: register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
Non-members: email [email protected] to register.