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It's a Wrap! Annual Conference Videos, Photos, Takeaways, and Resources

Friday, November 14, 2014

Dear Colleagues, 

Thank you to everyone who joined us last week for SCG's 2014 Annual Conference, by far our largest conference ever with nearly 500 philanthropists, community leaders, and change makers in attendance! 


From thought-provoking talks by Mayor Eric Garcetti, Dr. Phil McGraw, and Arianna Huffington, to the lively panels on innovations in community building, I hope you were energized and inspired by the expertise, creativity, and bold ideas shared by participants and speakers alike. Now you can enjoy these great resources from the conference, whether you were able to attend or not:

  • Explore presentations and data (member log in required)
  • View photos on Facebook
  • Watch video recordings of plenary sessions and a special SCG video that premiered at the conference (member log in required)
  • Experience the day through social media on Storify (by the way – our hashtag #scg2014 was trending in the LA region during the conference! That’s a great reflection of the energy, enthusiasm, and sheer quantity of leaders in the room.)
  • Access a roster of conference participants
  • Read about sessions and speakers in the conference program


This year, we tried a new approach to gathering and distilling the collective wisdom of the many leaders who attended. During 10 interactive breakouts facilitated by the Center for Nonprofit Management, participants worked in small groups to identify their top ideas for improving resilience in several focus areas. Below we have compiled the highest ranked ideas:

  • Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Support nonprofit capacity building at all levels (e.g. strengthening grantee infrastructure, advocacy support, advocating to policymakers, collaborations within communities, youth leadership).Community Connections and Disaster Preparedness: Help to promote Dr. Lucy Jones’ scare tactic (shock and awe campaign).
  • Building Partnerships that Break Sector Silos: Convene and collaborate to identify and articulate clear, specific needs.
  • Poverty and Community Building: Listen and learn from communities in order to identify, train, and empower existing and emerging community leaders.
  • Strengthening Nonprofits: Fund capacity building efforts in underserved regions and shift 80% of funding to those who need it the most.Engaging Communities in Mental Health: Fund and promote community-based participatory research that reduces stigma and builds social support.
  • Improving Education Outcomes for Children: Communicate shared data and best practices with the broader community (media, business, government, etc.).
  • Strengthening Our Creative Economy: Use cross-sector collaboration among private, corporate, and government entities to fight for the creative economy in order to develop our community and workforce.
  • Drought, Heat, and Environmental Resilience: Reframe the narrative to educate and inspire action to make changes personally and through organizations.
  • Student Health and Wellness: Fund innovative approaches (also listen to local voices and communicate lessons learned about how wellness efforts can reach their full potential).

Thank you to everyone who participated in this exercise! As a member-driven organization, we are committed to sharing your ideas and priorities with the broader philanthropic community. What we learned and accomplished together at the conference will help shape SCG's work in the coming year, including future programs, resources, and collaborative efforts. 


During the Members Meeting portion of the day, SCG members voted in an outstanding slate to join the SCG Board of Directors for a two-year term. Please join me in welcoming SCG's newest leaders!

  • Kim Belshé, Executive Director, First 5 LA
  • Cara Esposito, Executive Director, The Leonetti/O’Connell Family Foundation
  • Ron Gallo, President and CEO, Santa Barbara Foundation
  • Frank Gilliam, Dean, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs; Trustee, Blue Shield Foundation of California; and Trustee, United Way of Greater Los Angeles
  • Mary Ellen Kullman, Vice President, Archstone Foundation
  • Steve Nissen, Senior Vice President, Legal and Government Affairs, NBCUniversal
  • David Porges, National Director, Deloitte LLP, Corporate Citizenship
  • Belen Vargas, Vice President, Programs, Weingart Foundation

Once again, I'd like to say a tremendous "Thank you!" to our sponsors, speakers, guests, and the entire SCG membership for making this event possible. If you attended the conference and have not yet completed a survey, please take a moment to tell us about your experience. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

We will continue adding resources to the website over the coming weeks. Please check back soon!



Christine Essel
President and CEO