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Follow-up: Los Angeles City Council Forum

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Last week's Activating a New Partnership with City Hall: Los Angeles City Council Forum set a bold precedent by convening candidates and Council Members-elect before entering office—part of Southern California Grantmakers' (SCG) strategy to proactively establish strong working relationships with policymakers in our region. The Forum featured a conversation with two of our City Council Members-elect, Mike Bonin and Felipe Fuentes, a networking reception with members of the nonprofit community and a dynamic, thoughtful conversation with City Council candidates from Districts 1, 9 and 13. 

This was the first time 32 nonprofit and philanthropic organizations—including SCG members the California Community Foundation, Community Partners, the Corporation for Supportive Housing, Liberty Hill Foundation, The Durfee Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, The California Endowment and the Weingart Foundation—came together to support a City Council forum of this kind. As a demonstration of power in numbers, a clear message was sent to our incoming public representatives about the strength and value of the philanthropic  and nonprofit sectors in Los Angeles. 

Participant engagement before, during and after the Forum was overwhelmingly positive. Robert Egger, founder of DC Central Kitchen and CForward, tweeted from the event:


You can experience the Forum through social media by checking out SCG's Storify or view photos on our Facebook page. Videos of both the City Council Members-elect conversation and the candidate forum can be viewed on the SCG website.

The Forum also represents a new direction for SCG. With a deep personal and professional background in civic service, I am thrilled to be part of our organization's progression toward ever-stronger partnerships between the private and public sectors. As SCG continues to build connections to City Hall, in particular through our role as fiscal sponsor for the Mayor's Office of Strategic Partnerships, I invite your thoughts and ideas about strengthening collaborative efforts and strategies between philanthropy and the public sector.

Thank you again to all of our partners and participants for making the Forum a great success!


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Christine Essel
Southern California Grantmakers

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