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Event

Pushing the Policy Envelope: Foundations Acting in a Pivotal Time

Monday, June 14, 2021
9:00am - 12:00pm

We are in a pivotal time for public policy action in our nation. Throughout 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic, economic downturn, and racial justice crisis magnified the deep-rooted systemic barriers that prevent many Americans — especially Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, and other marginalized communities — from building a better future. As communities and the nation begin the process of recovery, how can philanthropy support a more equitable, inclusive future through civic engagement and advocacy?

Join this Leading Together 2021 pre-conference session to hear from thought leaders, foundation executives, and advocates who are working at the forefront of social change and challenging existing policies that maintain the status quo.

Separate registration from the conference is required for this event.

 

Pursuing an Inclusive Economy through Systemic Change Policies that Center Gender Equity

10:30 am - 11:45 am 

It feels challenging to envision a post-COVID world, one that can begin the hard work to chart an equitable national recovery. This exploration will address what opportunities can be created if philanthropy prioritizes strategies and grantmaking that focus on promoting new public policies to eliminate the systemic barriers impacting communities of color and economically marginalized populations, including the record number of women who have been forced out of the labor market during the pandemic. How can foundations work together to achieve these results? How must philanthropy change its operations, practices, and advocacy - both to ensure systemic change and marginalized groups gain political plus economic power in response to that systemic change? What are the missed opportunities because philanthropy is not investing in systemic policy change today?

Speakers and attendees will have the opportunity to discuss their vision of philanthropy’s future and the actions and investments needed today to realize an equitable and truly inclusive future. Small group breakouts will share ideas and strategies with each other.

 

Moderator

Megan Thomas

President & CEO, Catalyst

Megan currently serves as Catalyst’s president & CEO, providing strategic leadership and partnership to the entire Catalyst staff, board, members, and community partners. Megan oversees Catalyst’s facilitation of collaborative efforts among its funder members and other stakeholders; leads the production of philanthropy and impact investing skills-building and issue based learning; and spearheads Catalyst’s work related to championing equity and opportunity. She provides strategic and logistical support to strengthen San Diego communities through shared learning and pooled and aligned funding strategies. Current focus areas include early education, STEAM education, immigration, homelessness, military/veterans issues, leadership development, racial justice, and impact investing, as well as support for the steering committees of pooled grant funds, including that of Women Give San Diego, which is fiscally sponsored by Catalyst.

Megan brings 20 years of experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic fields to this role, having most recently served as Executive Director of San Diego Coastkeeper where she built partnerships among the nonprofit, business, and public sectors to advance environmental goals across San Diego County. Megan received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Georgetown University and her Masters in Business Administration from Yale School of Management. She serves on the long-term vision advisory committee for Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees and previously served on the board of directors of Hope Horse Ranch, United Way of San Diego County; advisory council for The San Diego Foundation’s Center for Civic Engagement; and the Port of San Diego Environmental Advisory Committee.

Speakers

Deidre Lind

President & C.E.O., Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles University of Southern California

Deidre Lind is an award-winning philanthropic leader with effective, impact-driven results.  Ms. Lind served as the founding President of the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles created to build a diverse array of public/private partnerships focused on innovation and impact.  Ms. Lind has built her career over two decades leading corporate responsibility and philanthropy programs, including serving for a decade as Mattel’s chief global social impact strategist where she launched their two-percent pre-tax profit annual commitment, and delivered the Company’s first global sustainability assessment. Ms. Lind has served as the President of a private foundation and consulted with a number of corporate clients and government entities. She currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Southern California Grantmakers and the Social Impact Fund. 

A native of Los Angeles, Ms. Lind received her BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Masters degrees in both  Social Work and Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

Surina Khan

CEO, The Women’s Foundation California

Surina first became involved with WFC as a volunteer in 2004. Now, as CEO Surina oversees the Foundation’s strategic direction which is focused on building community-based power through investing in effective community-based organizations, training community leaders in policy advocacy, connecting key partners, and mobilizing significant financial resources. Surina has worked at the Ford Foundation where she designed and launched Ford’s LGBT Rights Initiative. She is a member of the Board of Voices for Progress, CalNonprofits, the American LGBTQ Museum, La Cocina, a founding Advisor for the Closing the Women’s Wealth Gap Initiative, and a member of the Public Policy Committee for Northern California Grantmakers. Surina enjoys cooking, swimming, photography and resides in San Francisco, Irvine, and Sea Ranch with her partner.

Agenda for Pre-conference Sessions

9:00 am Welcome
9:05 am

Exploration #1 - Demystifying Philanthropy for Policymakers: The First Step to Systems Change

If philanthropy wants to achieve systemic change on multiple fronts during this pivotal time nationally, public policymakers are key. Philanthropic organizations need to understand that legislators look for trusted partners and voices as they pursue policies that come up against the status quo. The trust factor is critical in the equation of public policy change. Does the philanthropy sector have the benefit of trust by public policymakers? Is there a growing distrust and if so, why? What are the perceptions of the motives of philanthropy in this time of increasing wealth inequality and disparity? Is philanthropy seen as part of the problem or part of the solution?

We will explore what the proposals to regulate philanthropic vehicles (DAFs and payouts), donor transparency, and potential caps on the charitable deduction signal for the institution of philanthropy. It begs the question of whether policy makers understand contemporary philanthropy and its role in supporting civil society? Does philanthropy need to do a better job—and faster—of telling the story of the work (not the assets!) and the community impacts?

This exploration will unpack the issues of trust of philanthropy by policymakers and the “hot issues” driving perception. Speakers will provide provocative food for thought to guide breakout group discussions among attendees about how they build trust with their policymakers.

10:30 am

Exploration #2 – Pursuing an Inclusive Economy through Systemic Change Policies that Center Gender Equity

It feels challenging to envision a post-COVID world, one that can begin the hard work to chart an equitable national recovery. This exploration will address what opportunities can be created if philanthropy prioritizes strategies and grantmaking that focus on promoting new public policies to eliminate the systemic barriers impacting communities of color and economically marginalized populations, including the record number of women who have been forced out of the labor market during the pandemic. How can foundations work together to achieve these results? How must philanthropy change its operations, practices, and advocacy - both to ensure systemic change and marginalized groups gain political plus economic power in response to that systemic change? What are the missed opportunities because philanthropy is not investing in systemic policy change today?

Speakers and attendees will have the opportunity to discuss their vision of philanthropy’s future and the actions and investments needed today to realize an equitable and truly inclusive future. Small group breakouts will share ideas and strategies with each other.

11:45 am

Closing

 

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Fee
The price for Council members is $59.
The price for non-members is $79.

Beginning June 01, the Council on Foundations offers a complimentary pre-conference registration for everyone who is a Leading Together 2021 full conference attendee (paid $279 member or $399 non-member). Those who fall into this category will receive a refund if payment for the pre-conference has already been processed.

Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG, and Catalyst members and eligible non-members

Registration
SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
NCG & Catalyst members: Please contact [email protected] 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.

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Foundations on the Hill 2021

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 - 12:00pm to Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 12:00pm

We invite you to join us virtually for Foundations on the Hill (FOTH) on March 16-18 and March 23-25, 2021 along with more than 300 philanthropy representatives from around the country. We will meet with our elected officials about the policies that matter most to philanthropy. FOTH is presented by United Philanthropy Forum in partnership with the Council on Foundations and Independent Sector.

This year FOTH has been transformed into a mix of virtual meetings with members of Congress from California, digital advocacy opportunities, public policy panels, programming, and keynote sessions focusing on philanthropy's impact.

SCG is creating space for you and your organization in these meetings to advocate for the philanthropic sector and educate lawmakers on the importance and the impact it has on districts and constituencies. You will have the opportunity to strengthen relationships with policymakers on issues that matter to you, such as healthcare, housing, climate change, and the COVID-19 pandemic. These virtual meetings will allow our elected officials to hear directly from our sector and understand the impact we can make for communities together. To learn more about FOTH, access resources about the events, view the agenda, and read the FAQs below. 

Would you like to be a part of SCG's delegation? We are building our delegation, and want to see you there! If you are interested in attending, please contact David Carroll at [email protected]

 

Agenda

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FOTH 2021 Resources

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Questions?

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How it Works

Prior to FOTH, your delegation captain will schedule meetings on Capitol Hill with members of Congress. Your delegation captain will be in charge of setting up the meetings, sharing policy priorities and topics of interest to discuss, communicating with you about scheduling updates, and coordinating a pre-FOTH call for all delegation members where you will be provided with everything you need to know. In addition, there will be on-site training to prepare you for everything you should expect during your meetings on the Hill. Registrants will also have exclusive access to recordings of FOTH programming for 3 months after the event. Foundations on the Hill:

  • Informs and educates Congress about philanthropy;
  • Creates visibility for foundations and philanthropy on Capitol Hill;
  • Advocates on issues important to foundations;
  • Encourages Congress to view foundations as resources on key public policy issues; and
  • Builds your organization’s relationship with lawmakers and their staffs

 

Members of Congress 

As part of FOTH, SCG members will meet with elected officials, including Rep. Nanette Diaz BarragánRep. Antonio Cárdenas, and Rep. Judy May Chu​​​to share our priorities and vision to mobilize towards an equitable and healthy society.

Please note that we are still confirming meetings with other members of Congress.

 

Antonio Cárdenas

U.S. House of Representative for California, 29th Congressional District

Judy May Chu 

U.S. House of Representative for California, 27th Congressional District 

Nanette Diaz Barragán

U.S. House of Representative for California, 44th Congressional District 

Adam Bennett Schiff

U.S. House of Representative for California, 28th Congressional District 

 

About Philanthropy California

Philanthropy CA is an alliance of Northern California Grantmakers (NCG), Catalyst of San Diego & Imperial Counties (Catalyst) and Southern California Grantmakers (SCG). Our combined membership represents more than 600 foundations, corporate funders, philanthropic individuals and families, giving circles and government agencies who invest billions every year to support communities across the state, the country and worldwide. Philanthropy CA taps into the deep regional expertise and connections of funders to increase philanthropy’s impact in building and sustaining thriving, equitable communities. Together, we can impact our members, the nonprofits they support and the communities they serve.

 

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FEE
SCG, NCG, Catalyst Members: $99

Who May Attend
SCG, NCG, Catalyst Members
Foundations on the Hill is for members of Southern California Grantmakers. If you are a non-member and are interested in attending, please contact David Carroll at [email protected]

Registration
All interested members will register for FOTH through the United Philanthropy Forum website here. Once registered, SCG's delegation captain David Carroll will reach out to you with more details on what's in store. 

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CA State Budget: Proposals, Process, and Opportunities for Advocacy

Friday, February 26, 2021
10:00am - 11:15am

The California state budget has a significant impact on nonprofits, grantmakers, and our communities. In early January, Governor Gavin Newsom released his administration’s 2021-22 budget proposal which includes significant investments in pandemic relief and equitable recovery for small businesses, nonprofits, and vulnerable populations.

The state legislature now starts its budget process to review the Governor’s proposal and to develop its own budget recommendations. Join this webinar to learn more about the administration’s budget priorities, the budget timeline and process, and advocacy opportunities.
 

Speakers

  • Chris Hoene, Executive Director, California Budget and Policy Center
  • Lucy Salcido Carter, Public Policy Director, CalNonprofits
     

 

Presented in Partnership


Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG, and Catalyst members

Registration
SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
NCG & Catalyst members: Please contact [email protected] to register.
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.

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Philanthropy’s Role in Addressing Inequity in South LA and Advancing Policy and Systems Change

Thursday, February 25, 2021
10:00am - 11:30am

In South LA and elsewhere, Black and Brown communities remain vulnerable to disparities in all facets of life and multiple forms of displacement and erasure. This virtual presentation will be an opportunity to learn about how complex and deep structural and systemic racial injustice continues to serve as a destructive force in driving inequities in health, housing, employment, incarceration, and deportation, and the environment. A centerpiece of the webinar will be “South Central Rooted,” the timely report recently released by South Los Angeles Building Healthy Communities Collaborative to uplift an intersectional health equity lens that centers the narrative of those with lived experience. With the report as a backdrop, movement leaders will address emerging issues, including impacts from COVID19; and shine a light on the organizing frameworks and the strategies they have been using for years to break the cycles of injustice. Gain an understanding of how they are cultivating Brown and Black power to advance policy and systems change and how philanthropy can contribute to long-term solutions that move beyond simply responding to the current crises.

 

Background

Since the inception of the South LA Building Healthy Communities Collaborative, South LA partners have strived to champion policy initiatives and grassroots efforts to close the racial equity gap. Through deep community partnerships, research and advocacy, they are working to shift the dominant narrative that criminalizes, dehumanizes, and erases low-income Black and Brown communities.

South Los Angeles Building Healthy Communities Collaborative recently released a report: South Central Rooted. Developed with input from over 30 South LA community organizations and 125 resident leaders, South Central Rooted sheds light upon the systemic inequity that still impacts our community over 25 years after the LA Uprising. Given its particular history of oppression and resistance, the South Central community is poised to explore the question: what will it actually take to ensure low-income communities of color can thrive in Los Angeles over the next 50 years? Drawing from existing academic and community-based research, focus group conversations with South Central residents, policy reports, and media coverage, this report hopes to demonstrate that the answer lies with intersectional systems change approaches led by grassroots leaders.

As we begin to see more narratives around COVID19, we will also see policies, practices, and narratives that disproportionately impact Black and Brown communities. The call to prioritize equity and the power of narrative are more important than ever.

 

Moderator

Manuel Pastor

Director, USC Program in Environmental and Regional Equity

Dr. Manuel Pastor is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California (USC). He currently directs the USC Equity Research Institute (formerly known as Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) and the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII). Pastor is the Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change at USC, and holds an economics Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Pastor’s research has generally focused on issues of the economic, environmental and social conditions facing low-income urban communities – and the social movements seeking to change those realities. Pastor’s most recent books covering those topics include State of Resistance: What California's Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Means for America's Future (New Press 2018), and Equity, Growth, and Community: What the Nation Can Learn from America's Metro Areas, co-authored with Chris Benner (UC Press 2015).

Pastor currently serves on California Governor Gavin Newsom’s Council of Economic Advisors and on the California Business and Jobs Recovery Task Force. He previously served on the California Strategic Growth Council, the Commission on Regions appointed by California’s Speaker of the State Assembly, and the Regional Targets Advisory Committee for the California Air Resources Board.  In 2012, he received the Liberty Hill Foundation’s Wally Marks Changemaker of the Year award for social justice research partnership, and in 2017, he was awarded the Champion for Equity award from Advancement Project, California.

 

Speakers

Barbara Lott Holland

Associate Director, Labor Community Strategy Center

Recruited on the bus in 1998, Barbara has been a cornerstone of the organization since then. A resident of South LA and a transit-dependent bus rider for nearly four decades, Barbara has been elected by our members to the BRU’s leadership body, the Planning Committee, for twelve years running. She has acted as Co-Chair of the Planning Committee and of the Monthly Membership Meeting for ten years. During that time, she has served as spokesperson and representative of the BRU in the media, with public officials in LA and Washington, and in national and international social movement forums. Barbara also sits on the Steering Committee of the Community Rights Campaign and represents the CRC in its coalition work. She is the only recipient of the Strategy Center’s W.E.B. Dubois Fellowship (2009-2009).

Karen Mack

Founder, LA Commons

Twenty years ago, Karen Mack founded LA Commons, an organization that empowers Los Angeles' diverse communities by facilitating local engagement in arts and culture as well as in other important issues - health, transportation, and education, to name a few, giving residents and particularly young people, a voice and an onramp to making positive change.  Ms. Mack served as a Public Service Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School, studying the role of culture in community building. She holds an MPA from this school as well as an MBA from UCLA. She is a mayoral appointee to LA City Planning Commission (equity chair) and a supervisorial appointee to the Advisory Board for LA County’s Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative.

Laura Muraida

Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE)

Laura Muraida is Director of Research and Communications at Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE), a South Los Angeles community-based organization that builds grassroots power to achieve economic, environmental, and racial justice. Since 2014, Laura has led the organization’s research and communications strategy and has advanced campaigns for equitable public investment, environmental justice, and civic engagement. Prior to SCOPE, Laura helped launch a community-based redistricting program to ensure fair political representation in historically marginalized communities across Texas. For over a decade, Laura has worked to provide grassroots communities the data, tools, and information to build power. Laura was born and raised in San Antonio and has a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from New York University. http://scopela.org/

Benjamin Torres

President/CEO, The Community Development Technologies Center (CDTech)

Benjamin Torres is the President/CEO of the Community Development Technologies Center (CDTech), a nonprofit organization focused on addressing racial equity and economic justice in low-income areas of Los Angeles. CDTech empowers marginalized residents to lead the process of community development efforts. Through education, training, workforce, and community organizing strategies, CDTech supports people to fight for systems change and resource development opportunities while preparing those same communities to take advantage of the change and opportunities they generate. Benjamin’s entire career has been focused on placing the tools of democracy directly in the hands of our most marginalized residents through education, training, engagement, and multi-ethnic/racial community building.

For the last 23 years, his leadership has supported the South LA region’s Black/Brown residents to increase their political capital and economic opportunity. He has developed efforts to create inclusive, democratic, and power building strategies utilizing highly effective public, private, nonprofit, and community partnerships.

He is committed to progressive movement-building efforts and serves on the Board of Directors of several key local and national organizations. He also serves as President of the City of LA Commission on Community and Family Services, and he also serves on the LA County Public Health Equity Task Force Commission.

 

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Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG, and Catalyst members and eligible non-members

Registration
SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
NCG & Catalyst members: Please contact [email protected] 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.

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COVID-19 Funders’ Briefing: 2021 Outlook

Tuesday, December 15, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm

As COVID-19 case rates continue to climb nationwide, new federal leadership and promising vaccine trials present some hope for the coming year. As we continue to grapple with the public health repercussions, California also faces serious economic consequences. Communities of color are facing disproportionate impacts across the board, and many sectors including nonprofits and local governments are in perilous financial situations. Join us to hear more about what we should expect in 2021, how the issues philanthropy cares about will be affected, and what we can do to respond.

 

Speaker

Chris Hoene

Executive Director, California Budget & Policy Center

Chris Hoene became the Budget Center’s executive director in October 2012, bringing to the organization 15 years of leadership in state and local policy research and analysis. He leads the strategic direction of the organization, acts as primary spokesperson, and works with the board of directors and community partners to implement our vision and mission. Prior to joining the Budget Center, Chris was director of the Center for Research and Innovation at the National League of Cities in Washington, DC, leading efforts to analyze trends in local and state government and promote constructive policy action on issues including public finance, economic development, housing, poverty reduction, infrastructure, and governance.  Chris also previously worked for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, DC, and the Public Policy Institute of California in San Francisco. Chris holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Claremont Graduate University and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science of the College of Idaho. In 2011, in recognition of his service to the state and local community, Chris was elected as a Fellow into the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA).

Dr. Christina Ghaly, M.D.

Director, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services

Dr. Ghaly was appointed by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors as the Director of the Department of Health Services (DHS) on September 25, 2018 after having served in the role as Acting Director since October 2017. In this capacity, Dr. Ghaly has had responsibility for overseeing the operations of the County’s four public hospitals and 23 outpatient clinics. She leads strategic, operational, and clinical/financial initiatives critical to DHS’ financial health and continued transformation in an era of health reform.

Dr. Ghaly previously served as Chief Operations Officer for DHS from 2016 until her permanent appointment as Director.  Her previous roles within DHS also include serving as the Deputy Director for Strategy and Operations and as the Interim Chief Executive Officer at Olive View – UCLA Medical Center and LAC+USC Medical Center.

In 2015, Dr. Ghaly served in a temporary role as the Director of Health Care Integration for the County of Los Angeles Chief Executive Office. This position was created to lead an assessment regarding the potential creation of a health care agency, integrating the Departments of Health Services, Mental Health (DMH) and Public Health (DPH). The Los Angeles County Health Agency was formally created in November 2015.

Dr. Ghaly attended Harvard Medical School and completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Ghaly currently sees patients in the urgent care and on the inpatient medicine service at LAC+USC Medical Center and  Olive View – UCLA Medical Center, respectively.

Deepa Iyer

Director of Movement Building, Building Movement Project; Director, Solidarity Is

Deepa Iyer is a South Asian American writer, lawyer, facilitator, and activist. She is the Director of Movement Building at Building Movement Project and director of Solidarity Is, a project that provides trainings, narratives, and resources on building deep and lasting multiracial solidarity and sustainability of social change ecosystems.

Iyer served as executive director of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) for a decade, and has held positions at Race Forward, the US Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center, and the Asian American Justice Center.

Iyer’s first book We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future (The New Press 2015), received a 2016 American Book Award. She hosts a podcast called Solidarity Is This to explore solidarity practices around the country. Iyer has received fellowships from Open Society Foundations and the Social Change Initiative, and in 2019, she received an honorary doctoral degree from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Iyer serves on the Advisory Council of the Emergent Fund.

An immigrant who moved to Kentucky from India when she was twelve, Iyer graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School and Vanderbilt University.

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Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG, and SDG members and eligible non-members

Registration
SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
NCG & SDG members: Please contact [email protected] 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.

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Re-imagine LA: Dismantling Systemic Racism by Investing in Health, Housing, and Jobs

Thursday, October 29, 2020
12:00pm - 1:30pm

In unprecedented times, we need historic measures. Measure J to Re-Imagine LA would set a national precedent, permanently investing billions of dollars directly toward the health, housing, and economic justice that our communities, particularly our communities of color, have been calling out for.  

Building off the incredible work of Black Lives Matter and Alternatives to Incarceration movements locally, cross-sector leaders in Los Angeles have come together to quickly place a charter amendment on the November 3 ballot to reallocate funding for community change and homelessness prevention. With just a simple majority vote, Measure J would permanently dedicate a minimum of 10% of unrestricted locally generated tax revenues in LA County to community services and alternatives to incarceration, creating a generational investment and beginning to realign the County’s budget to the values and priorities of its residents. Now a coalition of 100+ community organizations, justice leaders, and advocates across issue areas are coming together to pass Measure J. 

Join leaders from Re-Imagine LA and the United Way of Greater Los Angeles to learn more about the Measure J campaign, how funders in any community can engage and invest in this precedent-setting measure in LA, and you can act locally to replicate the transformational impact of Measure J in your own community, if you are outside LA County.

Participation in this program is limited to private funders.

 

Speakers

•    Chris Ko, Managing Director of Homelessness & Strategic Initiatives (United Way of Greater Los Angeles) 
•    Eunisses Hernandez, Chair (Re-Imagine LA) & Co-Executive Director (La Defensa) 
•    Tommy Newman, Treasurer (Re-Imagine LA) & Senior Director of Impact Initiatives (United Way of Greater Los Angeles) 
 

PLEASE NOTE: This program is co-hosted with Funders Together to End Homelessness. Participation in this program is limited to private funders, including foundations, United Ways, corporate giving programs, individual philanthropists, and philanthropy serving organizations (PSOs). If you have questions about your eligibility to register, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs at Funders Together to End Homelessness.  

 

Partnership

 

 


Fee
No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Private funders who are members of SCG

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

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Harnessing the High Stakes Election in 2020

Thursday, September 10, 2020
1:30pm - 3:00pm
Where: 
Zoom Meeting

This November, California has the opportunity to reimagine how to engage underrepresented community members in the electorate process.  Important racial justice measures on the ballot offer opportunities for California to improve voter turnout in communities of color and continue the powerful grassroots organizing that started after the murder of George Floyd. Despite recent advancements in expanding voting access and voting rights, California still faces deep voter participation disparities based on race and age, resulting in lower voter turnout for under-represented groups. As the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts in-person voting and makes vote-by-mail the new standard, how can community organizations, philanthropy and elections officials ensure that new and infrequent voters are not left confused or deterred? 

Join us to learn promising strategies that increase voter participation, and explore two key ballot measures that aim to advance racial equity in education, government employment/contracting, and criminal justice: Proposition 16 (Repeal Proposition 209) and Proposition 17 (Free the Vote Act). Passage of these ballot initiatives would be a first step in addressing structurally racist and discriminatory policies that have disproportionately affected BIPOC communities for generations. 

 

Speakers 

Elisha Smith Arrillaga 
Executive Director, The Education Trust-West
 

Dr. Elisha Smith Arrillaga serves as the executive director of The Education Trust-West, a research and advocacy organization focused on educational justice and supporting the high achievement of all California students, with a particular focus on underserved students of color, low-income students and English learners. Dr. Smith Arrillaga leads the organization’s work centering education as a key racial and economic justice issue and has extensive expertise in leading initiatives using multiple strategies for impacting state policy—leveraging direct action, research, media, and policymaker engagement. She has more than twenty years’ experience working in and partnering with education and workforce policy, research, and advocacy organizations, including the Career Ladders Project, First 5 LA, College Bound, the Hewlett Foundation, Mathematica Policy Research and high schools and community colleges across California. Dr. Smith Arrillaga holds a Ph.D. in Public Affairs from Princeton. She is the proud mother of a rising kindergartener.

Cathy Cha
President, Haas Jr. Fund

Cathy Cha is president of the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund. Under her leadership, the Fund is exploring innovative approaches to advancing equality and justice so every person has opportunities to thrive and to live life with dignity and hope. Cathy’s work is driven by a career-long commitment to improving the lives of aspiring communities facing discrimination and poverty. Her collaboration-focused approach with funders, movements, nonprofits, and the government has helped spark wide-ranging social impact, including California’s rise to the top among states in advancing pro-immigrant policies. Today, the Haas, Jr. Fund is broadening its commitment to helping people achieve their dreams by advancing immigrant rights and LGBT equality, promoting a fair and representative democracy, and ensuring that college is affordable for low-income students and families. Cathy was named one of the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business by the San Francisco Business Times in 2019.

Rev. Ben McBride
Co-Director, PICO California

Ben is a native of San Francisco, spiritual leader and longtime activist for peace and justice in the Bay Area. In 2008, he relocated his family to a difficult neighborhood in Oakland called the “Kill Zone” to understand and respond to the epidemic of gun violence, firsthand. During this tenure, he was an instrumental leader of relaunching Oakland’s first successful iteration of Operation Ceasefire, a data-driven, violence reduction strategy, contributing heavily to a 50% reduction in homicides over five years.

Ben serves as a national leader around reconstructing public safety systems and gun violence prevention work, including a background of training over 100 law enforcement departments and executives. Ben joined PICO California, the largest grassroots community organization in the state, representing 450,000 people across 73 cities, in 2015 and serves as the Co-Director. Ben founded the Bring the HEAT campaign, a peacemaking initiative to address police violence, and serves as the Co-Chair of California’s Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board focusing on ending racial profiling in California. Ben was featured in the Sundance Film Festival Award winning film, THE FORCE, focusing on his peacemaking work. Ben is also an experienced trainer around equity, diversity and inclusion; working with companies and values based organizations across the country. 

Ben and his wife Gynelle have been married for 20 years and have 3 amazing daughters. They reside in Oakland, CA.

Thomas A. Saenz
President and General Counsel, MALDEF

Thomas Saenz is President and General Counsel of MALDEF; he leads the organization in pursuing litigation, policy advocacy, and community education to promote the civil rights of all Latinos living in the United States in the areas of education, employment, immigrants’ rights, and voting rights. Saenz rejoined MALDEF in August 2009, after four years on Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's executive team.  He previously spent 12 years at MALDEF practicing civil rights law, including four years as litigation director. He has served as lead counsel for MALDEF in numerous cases, including challenges to California Proposition 187, California Proposition 227, and California congressional redistricting. In 2016, Saenz argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Texas, representing intervenors defending Obama Administration deferred action initiatives. Saenz graduated from Yale College and Yale Law School; he clerked for two federal judges before initially joining MALDEF in 1993.

Jonathan Mehta Stein
Executive Director, Common Cause

Jonathan Mehta Stein is the Executive Director of California Common Cause, a nonprofit advocacy organization that works on voting rights, redistricting, and money in politics reform to build a better California democracy. Jonathan was previously the head of the Voting Rights & Census Program at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus, where he worked to increase access to California’s democracy for historically disenfranchised communities, including immigrant and limited-English speaking voters. Previous to that, Jonathan worked as a voting rights staff attorney for the ACLU of California.

Brittany Stonesifer 
Voting Rights Attorney, ACLU of California

Brittany Stonesifer is a Voting Rights Attorney at the ACLU of California, where she advocates to expand the franchise to all Californians and to reduce barriers to voting caused by the registration process. Since joining the ACLU in 2019, Brittany has fought with a grassroots coalition to restore voting rights to people with criminal convictions, utilizing her prior expertise in reforming criminal justice policy.

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