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Traditions of Giving - Building Bridges That Strengthen Connections

Tuesday, December 4, 2018
11:00am - 1:30pm PST
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049
Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $100.00
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It is hardly an understatement to say that we are living in “extraordinary times.” This is true at the political, social and cultural levels.

For family foundations, philanthropy has often been a means to bring family together, unite around issues of deep concern and help unify disengaged communities.

While family philanthropy’s focus has always been on helping communities and other marginalized populations, we have all at one time or another experienced the sense of not belonging, of being “other.” In fact, one of the primary things contributing to the extraordinary times in which we are living is the othering of certain groups based on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or some other factor. 

Please join us at our annual Traditions of Giving event, where we will explore how family philanthropy can be a powerful unifying voice against the forces of division and othering. Among other things, we will hear community stories from individuals who have overcome incredible odds to bring their families and communities together; better understand the actions that family philanthropists are taking to support families of all kinds; and take a personal look at how our experiences of being “other” has informed who we are and how we support others who don’t have a voice.



Jennifer Ferro, President, KCRW, Los Angeles

As President of KCRW, Jennifer Ferro has worked to transform the institution from Southern California's flagship public radio station to a worldwide community that connects through the discovery of music, news and culture both in person, online and on the air. Under her leadership, in addition to creating 100 hours of original programming a week, KCRW completed a $50 million capital campaign and moved into its first-ever, stand alone, state-of-the-art facility in early 2018. Jennifer joined KCRW in 1994. She has held varied roles during her tenure, including Assistant General Manager, Executive Producer of Good Food. She has worked in development, membership, production, operations and marketing. Jennifer serves as a Senior Fellow for the Luskin School of Public Policy at UCLA. She is on the board of NPR; Zocalo Public Square, an ideas exchange that creates live events and original humanities journalism; and has served as the Chair of the AIR Board, an organization dedicated to supporting and promoting independent producers in public media. In 2011, she was chosen as one of Los Angeles’ Game Changing Women Leaders Who Make an Impact in LA by Los Angeles Magazine. In 2018, Jennifer was awarded the UCLA Award for public service.



Martha Arévalo, Executive Director, CARECEN

Martha Arévalo became Executive Director of CARECEN in 2015. Martha has long been involved with the organization, not only as staff, but also as a member and chair of the board of directors. She has more than 20 years of experience working for social justice and defending the rights of immigrants throughout Southern California.





Tess Banko, Executive Director, UCLA/VA Veteran Family Wellness Center

Tess Banko, MSW/MPA, ACSW, serves as the Executive Director of the UCLA/VA Veteran Family Wellness Center. A Marine Corps weteran, she has held leadership roles in the military and wider civilian communities for over 15 years. Her background includes social work and public administration, as well as mental health and wellness, community development, organizational leadership and management. Tess is a strong supporter of collaborative, consensus-based initiatives and believes in accessible, preventive, strength-based approaches that span the continuum of veteran and family-member needs.




Martin H. Blank, Jr., Trustee, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation

Martin H. Blank, Jr. is an attorney specializing in all aspects of real estate law, including financing, leasing, purchasing, selling and the formation and management of corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies and other entities. Martin serves as a Co-Trustee and Chief Operating Officer of The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, which makes grants in the areas of education, healthcare, cultural programs, Jewish organizations and the support of a variety of causes in Israel. Martin is also a Trustee of the Gilbert Collection Trust, which is responsible for ownership and management of an art collection, which is now located at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.



Dan Goldenberg, Executive Director, Call of Duty Endowment

Dan Goldenberg, who currently serves as a captain in the Navy Reserve, brings to the job 24 years of active and reserve military service and more than a decade of business experience―most recently serving as Senior Vice President of Growth Partnership Services at Frost & Sullivan, a global research and management consulting firm, and prior to that as a Senior Director and Practice Manager at CEB. Highlights of his military service include tours as a Commanding Officer, Carrier-Based Naval Flight Officer and Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy. For his work in support of veteran employment, he was recently named to The Mighty 25: Veterans to Watch in 2017. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Harvard Business School and the Air Command and Staff College. 



Aziza Hasan, Executive Director, NewGround: A Muslim Jewish Partnership for Change

Aziza Hasan is the Executive Director of NewGround: A Muslim Jewish Partnership for Change, a national model for building authentic relationships, productive engagement and social change between American Muslims and Jews. Named one of 50 people quietly changing the nonprofit world by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Aziza currently serves on L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Interfaith Leaders Collaborative and previously served on President Barack Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. An experienced mediator and conflict transformation practitioner for the past 15 years, Aziza's work has been featured on Ozy, Yahoo News, the public radio show “On Faith” with Krista Tippett, the U.S. Institute of Peace, Arabic Radio and Television, as well as The Los Angeles Times. In 2017, Aziza was recognized by the Executive Service Corps of Southern California with the “Megan G. Cooper Leadership Award.” Early in her career, two years of AmeriCorps service gave Aziza hands-on experience in community organizing and group problem-solving and was awarded the “President’s Volunteer Service Award” in 2006 under President George W. Bush.  


Kaci Patterson, Owner & Principal, Social Good Solutions

Kaci Patterson is the Owner of Social Good Solutions (SGS), a boutique consulting practice bridging ideas with social change. In addition to building multimillion-dollar grantmaking portfolios in the U.S. and abroad, Kaci pioneered capacity building programs, professional development and organizational initiatives that served networks of over 1,000 civil society leaders and public officials. Kaci is a Founding Member of Communities for Los Angeles Student Success, Co-Founded the BLACC (Building Leaders and Cultivating Change) Fund and is a Senior Director of the L.A. Partnership for Early Childhood Investment. She is the recipient of the 2016 California Community Foundation Unsung Hero of Los Angeles, was named one of the 2016 40 Under 40 by the Empowerment Congress and is the Liberty Hill Foundation 2017 Wally Marks Changemaker Award Honoree.


SCG members: No cost to participate
Non-members: $100

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

SCG members: register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register). 

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, 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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