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The State of Inland Southern California Nonprofit Capacity: Gaps and Opportunities

Monday, October 5, 2015
9:00am - 11:00am PDT
Center for Healthy Communities
1000 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
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Please join SCG, Nonprofit Finance Fund, and The James Irvine Foundation for a special presentation and panel discussion on findings from a statewide and regional analysis of the health of Inland Southern California's nonprofit sector.

With a special introduction by Don Howard, President and CEO of The James Irvine Foundation, this interactive program will include a presentation of NFF’s findings and a panel discussion with sector leaders on how best to support these regions moving forward:

  • Antony Bugg-Levine, CEO, Nonprofit Finance Fund
  • Claire Knowlton, Associate Director, Advisory Services, Nonprofit Finance Fund
  • Margarita Luna, Program Officer, The California Endowment
  • Doug Rowand, President & CEO, Arrowhead United Way

In this program, participants will begin to identify a plan of action for the philanthropic community—articulating the current state of nonprofits in California and making targeted recommendations that will bolster the sector’s sustainability.

About the Research
With support from The James Irvine Foundation, NFF recently conducted a comparative analysis of the Inland Empire and LA, and of the San Joaquin Valley and the Bay Area. Drawing on data from NFF's 2015 State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey, this survey analysis highlights the unique needs and challenges of these regions, as well as how various organizational sub-sectors are faring.


Antony Bugg-Levine (@ABLImpact)
CEO, Nonprofit Finance Fund
Antony Bugg-Levine is the CEO of Nonprofit Finance Fund, a national nonprofit and financial intermediary that unlocks the potential of mission-driven organizations through tailored investments, strategic advice, and accessible insights. In this role, he oversees more than $280 million of investment capital and a national consulting practice, and works with a range of philanthropic, private sector and government partners to develop and implement innovative approaches to financing social change. He is the co-author of Impact Investing: Transforming How We Make Money While Making a Difference.  Previously a Managing Director at the Rockefeller Foundation, Antony designed and led the Rockefeller Foundation's Impact Investing initiative. He is the founding board chair of the Global Impact Investing Network and convened the 2007 meeting that coined the phrase “impact investing.” A former consultant with McKinsey & Co., he also teaches at Columbia Business School.

Claire Knowlton
Associate Director, Advisory Services, Nonprofit Finance Fund

Claire Knowlton is an Associate Director in Advisory Services, based in NFF's Los Angeles office. She oversees NFF’s work in Los Angeles and Southern California with nonprofits, funders and other partners to build the financial health of the region’s social sector. Prior to joining NFF, Knowlton was executive director of a community-based art center in Los Angeles for eight years, where she brought the organization from financial distress to a model of excellence in programming and organizational management. She also worked as an independent auditor for nonprofit organizations. Knowlton is co-founder and Board President of The Life You Can Save, a nonprofit committed to ending extreme poverty by directing philanthropic dollars to the most effective solutions.

Margarita Luna (@MargaritaGLuna)
Program Officer, The California Endowment (@calendow)

Margarita Luna joined The California Endowment in June 2007. As Program Manager for communities in the Eastern Coachella Valley under The Endowment’s 10-year Building Healthy Communities initiative, Luna manages a grant portfolio focused on improving community health through community engagement in policy/advocacy and systems change. Prior to joining The Endowment, Luna served as a Keck-Vivian Weinstein Child Advocacy Fellow and Senior Social Worker for Public Counsel – the largest pro bono public interest law firm in the U.S. – where she managed the Special Needs Advocacy Project, a client advocacy program. During her tenure, she advocated for the rights of low income children and families, while pursuing systemic changes in educational, health and social service policies that would improve the well-being of disenfranchised communities. Luna also served as a Pedro Zamora Fellow in government affairs for AIDS Action in Washington, DC, for which she assisted in lobbying efforts to reauthorize the Ryan White CARE Act. She earned her B.A. in Sociology and Chicano/a Studies, M.P.H. in Community Health Sciences, and M.S.W. in Health Services from UCLA.

Doug Rowand (@dougrowand)
President & CEO, Arrowhead United Way (@arrowheadUW)

Doug Rowand joined Arrowhead United Way, located in San Bernardino, CA, as its President in 1996.  Prior to that he served on its Board of Directors for three years. Rowand also serves on the San Bernardino County Advisory Board for Ending Homelessness for Veterans as well as San Bernardino’s Domestic Violence Exploratory Committee. He serves on the Boards of the Alliance for San Bernardino and Riverside Counties and the San Bernardino County Capacity Building Consortium, a think tank dedicated to strengthening the County’s nonprofit sector through research, advocacy, and collective action. Prior to joining United Way, Rowand was a community volunteer for nine years serving on the Boards of of numerous local nonprofit organizations. He also served as the City of San Bernardino mayoral appointment to the Community Development Citizen’s Advisory Committee. Rowand was one of the founders of Inland Health Plan, an HMO that served San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange and Los Angeles Counties. He studied at Syracuse University, completed his B.A. in Business Administration at Chapman University and completed his coursework for an MBA, also at Chapman.

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

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