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Traditions of Giving: Rekindling Our Connections

Wednesday, December 4, 2019
11:00am - 1:00pm PST
The California Endowment (Redwood Room)
1000 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
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“To get to the next level of greatness depends on the quality of our culture, which depends on the quality of our relationships, which depends on the quality of our conversations.” ~ Judith Glaser

Organized by SCG’s Family Philanthropy Advisory Council, Traditions of Giving is a time to reflect with friends and colleagues on inspirational stories that ultimately can improve the effectiveness of our giving. This year’s program is intentionally designed to create a space for empathy through a shared meal and compelling dialogue.We all navigate a thousand points of communication daily, some are enriching, some less so.  How can we improve our personal and professional habits to better hear, understand and learn from each other?  How can stronger connections improve our grantmaking?

Please join us as professional facilitator Michael Kass leads us through a guided conversation around the power of interchange. In addition to being inspired by your colleagues, you will learn simple, actionable tools that can facilitate new connections and rekindle existing relationships within your family, professional circles and community.


Michael Kass

Founder of Story & Spirit

Michael Kass is the founder of Story & Spirit, an organization dedicated to working with people, organizations, and communities to co-create a more just, equitable, and vibrant future for all beings.As a facilitator and trainer, he has been privileged to work with everyone from men incarcerated in the Central Valley to a roomful of CEOs in Istanbul. Michael's trainings on storytelling, speaking, mindfulness and breathwork have been featured at companies and conferences including SOCAP, 501(c)onference, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Google, The Walt Disney Company, John Gogian Family Foundation Forum, The Nonprofit Partnership, Arts in Corrections, The House of Beautiful Business, and more.Michael holds a BA from Rice University, a MA from Northwestern University, and is an ICF Certified Executive Coach. He is the author of Story Maps: Wayfinding Tools for the Modern Seeker, serves as a mentor with the Creative Visions Foundation, is on the Board of Directors of the Breath Center, and probably likes brownies more than you do.

No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG members and eligible non-members

SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
Non-members: Register online. If you do not have an SCG account, contact us.
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [email protected]

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.

About this Location
This location is ADA compliant, has dedicated nursing rooms, and gender-neutral restrooms available.

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