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Understanding the Fundraising Ecosystem Your Grantees Navigate

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
The Center for Healthy Communities
1000 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $100.00
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Institutional grantmakers provide critical support, especially to community-based nonprofits that lack a built-in donor base. Vital as this support is, it’s far from sufficient to meet the funding needs of most nonprofit organizations. To truly thrive and scale, community-based nonprofits must strengthen their fundraising capacity to better access support from other sources, particularly individual donors.

Grantmakers understand this all too well. What’s less understood is the reality of the fundraising dynamics unique to community-based organizations (as opposed to large institutions like universities, hospitals and museums) – and what can be done to help meet those challenges.

Trying ‘a little bit of everything,’ adding another special event, and/or asking the Board to ‘step up’ is not the answer. Better understanding the donor giving cycle, how different forms of fundraising relate to that, and how to effectively scale fundraising strategies to an organization’s size and staffing are necessary to realize real results.

Community-based organizations drive much of the social change in this country and serve the most vulnerable among us. Southern California Grantmakers invites you to learn how your organization can best support your grantees in their fundraising efforts.

Participants will:

  • Explore how Institutional and community-based organizations raise funds
  • Be introduced to key strategies and structures necessary for successful fundraising in community-based organizations
  • Work through a hands-on activity to better understand the donor giving cycle and how different forms of fundraising relate



Laura Ferretti, Impact Philanthropy, Facilitator

Laura Ferretti of Impact Philanthropy is a seasoned fundraising professional and family advisor, with particular expertise regarding community-based nonprofits. Laura has worked with 60+ organizations locally, nationally and internationally; from start-ups to $30M annual operating budgets; and with missions ranging from poetry-based peacemaking to creating a strong, inclusive, shared society in Israel, healing the Santa Monica Bay and reforming criminal justice laws in California. Laura is a Smith College alumna, with an MBA from UCLA; she’s also a Brittingham Fellow with USC’s Social Enterprise Lab and a volunteer Co-Founder and Board Co-Chair of Los Angeles Advisors in Philanthropy with a commitment to seeing more money come into philanthropy through the intergenerational wealth transfer in support of social change leaders in LA.



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

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


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.

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