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Follow-up: SCG's Summer Events

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

It has already been an eventful summer for Southern California Grantmakers! We were thrilled to partner with a diverse cross-section of leaders in the philanthropic, nonprofit and public sectors to bring SCG members an impressive lineup of recent events.

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Deputy Mayor Aileen Adams (center) was honored at Music Under the Stars.

SCG's annual summer event Music Under the Stars honored Deputy Mayor of the Office of Strategic Partnerships Aileen Adams. Guests and featured speakers celebrated the astounding success of programs initiated under Aileen's watch, including Summer Night Lights, CicLAvia and the Mayor's Partnership Schools. Held at a new downtown location and hosted by Elizabeth Levitt Hirsch and the Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation, this packed-house dinner reception was followed by an outdoor concert at the newly opened Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles at MacArthur Park. You can visit SCG's Facebook page to view photos from the evening. We also encourage you to enjoy Levitt concerts all summer long in Los Angeles and Pasadena.

Also, SCG members recently joined LA n Sync and other distinguished co-hosts for a briefing on the Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood. As you may know, the Youth Policy Institute (YPI) was awarded a $30 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education in 2012—one of only seven awards nationwide and the highest-scoring application in the country—to build on its cradle-to-college-and-career, place-based model, in the communities of Pacoima and Hollywood. The project's centerpiece is an innovative public-private partnership with the City, County and School District that blends diverse funding streams around a core set of outcomes and objectives. During the briefing, Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti, LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy and Tim Robbins (representing The Actors’ Gang) shared their perspectives on how the partnership will make lasting changes in Los Angeles. Additionally, YPI Executive Director Dixon Slingerland presented his strategy and measurement tools for this far-reaching initiative. 

This year, SCG is collaborating with Northern California Grantmakers and San Diego Grantmakers to present Sharpen Your Skills, Increase Your Impact, a statewide financial analysis series offered in partnership with Nonprofit Finance Fund. Sponsored by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, this series is a new member benefit designed to sharpen the financial assessment skills of grantmakers at all professional levels and to improve our ability to support the financial sustainability of nonprofits. Webinar recordings are accessible online for SCG members (log in required). The final two workshops in this highly popular series are planned for this fall. Scaling Impact Beyond the Dollars will be held Wednesday, September 11th and Financial Analysis 201: Assessing Nonprofit Financial Health will be held Monday, September 23rd.

Lastly, SCG members gathered recently for a discussion on the future of LGBT rights in California following several historic U.S. Supreme Court decisions. The lunch gathering featured Jenny Pizer of Lambda Legal and Vincent Jones, a philanthropic advisor and LGBT community leader. Pizer addressed the fact that while California leads the nation in legal protections for the LGBT community, many community members are still subjected to discriminatory practices and experience unequal outcomes. Participants discussed the need for more research and data to better understand how aspects of the LGBT equality movement and efforts to address specific disparities fit within broader grantmaking strategies. 

I would like to thank all of you for participating in these events (in such great numbers!), even as we approach the height of summer. We have a variety of convenings and learning opportunities coming up and I look forward to seeing you at one soon.


Christine Essel
President, Southern California Grantmakers

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