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Member Benefits

When you join SCG, you become part of a community of over 300 changemakers of our region’s leading foundations, companies and government grantmakers who come together to learn, connect and take action.


Membership is organizational, so when you join, your entire grantmaking staff and any advisors, consultants or board members are covered. This means everyone can attend all of SCG’s programs per year at the member rate (usually free!) and they can access our private members-only directory and our online communities to connect with fellow grantmakers who share their interests. Our friendly staff is also happy to help with personal introductions at any time.

Plus, everyone on your team will be able to search and share resources with the entire SCG community via our library, share events and news via our website and social channels and much more. (Please note that if you’re not logged in as a member, your current view of the directory and the online communities will be limited now – with a member login, you can search for peers by funding interests and many other features).

Ready to join? Click here to learn more! (You can access the online member application form here. Check what your dues level would be here.)


Grantmaker memberships are organizational, so your entire philanthropy team gets these benefits!*


  • SGG Programs: Over 150 programs per year based on peer learning, best practices, professional development, networking and updates on rapidly-changing community and policy issues impacting your work:
    • Community‐Based Programs and Affinity Groups: SCG hosts programs and peer groups tailored to the specific needs of the wide range of sectors and career levels in the philanthropic community. Customized information and programming exists for family foundations, including our Family Foundation Information Exchange (FFIX) groups. The full list of our peer groups can be found on our website here.
    • Conferences: Each year, SCG hosts three major conferences to convene funders across multiple sectors around specific issues. In spring, we host our annual Public Policy Conference, which is pivotal for helping our members stay informed and engaged on fast‐moving policy issues. In early summer, SCG convenes our family foundation members to network and discuss issues that particularly affect this segment of the funder community at our annual Family Philanthropy Conference. In fall, we host our Annual Conference, SCG’s flagship event. The day features expert speakers in plenaries and breakouts, and provides networking opportunities for over 600 grantmakers.
    • Networking and Social Convenings: SCG hosts regular gatherings designed to foster relationships among philanthropic peers and build the connections necessary for greater collaboration and effective grantmaking.
    • Professional Development: SCG convenes funders for leadership development, skills-based programming, and one of our signature events: Fundamentals of Effective Grantmaking, a four-day course designed for new and emerging grantmakers in the field.
    • Issue-Based Programs: SCG's slate of issue-based programs are designed to keep our members up to date on a range of issues, including education, STEM, college access, healthcare, veterans, immigration, and more. Progrrams feature expert speakers, opportunities to share best practicies, and networking for greater collaboration. 
  • Access to SCG's collaborative efforts and strategic initiatives
    • Philanthropy California: Philanthropy California is an initiative of Northern California Grantmakers (NCG), SCG, and San Diego Grantmakers (SDG). 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.
    • The Full Cost Project: One of our major initiatives is the Philanthropy CA Full Cost Project. We are partnering with national thought leader Nonprofit Finance Fund to support funding that honestly assesses the full cost for organizations to deliver their purpose for social good.
    • Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation - Los Angeles (TRHT-LA): THRT is a comprehensive, national and community-based process to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism. The TRHT LA chapter, coordinated by SCG, is a multi‐faceted partnership that will be broadly inclusive, nonpartisan and collaborative in nature.
    • Center for Strategic Partnerships: SCG is the fiscal sponsor and private-sector home of the Los Angeles County Center for Strategic Partnerships. The Center sets a table bringing together government, nonprofits, business and philanthropy to identify pressing needs and set priorities for systems change.
  • Through our Philanthropy California partnership, SCG members can register at the member rate for Northern California Grantmakers and San Diego Grantmakers programs.
  • Access the SCG Resource Library
  • Find and connect with peers using our Members-Only Directory
  • Peer Groups and Online Communities by professional interests, issues or affinity
  • Fiscal Sponsorships
  • Share your News and Events
  • Add your leadership voice on an SCG Advisory Group
  • Public Policy updates and advocacy
  • Complimentary Job Postings
  • Member Savings
  • Get the latest Policy News from a philanthropy perspective in your inbox with SCG's monthly Public Policy Round-Up email
  • Free access to monthly webinars led by the National Center for Family Philanthropy for family foundation members
  • Quarterly Family Philanthropy Newsletter tailored specifically to the needs and interests of family philanthropists
  • Exchange for Urgent-Needs Grants: A participatory space visible only to SCG members to share urgent-need funding opportunities with each other and see who else is interested. 
  • Corporate Members - bimonthly Corporate Giving Brief via email
  • And many more special benefits!


*Philanthropic consultant memberships are individual and non-transferable. 


Contact Andie Byrd to learn more.