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President's Recap: November 2014

Monday, December 1, 2014

Dear Colleagues,
I hope you all had a restful and pleasant Thanksgiving weekend! Reflecting on the many wonderful people the SCG team has met and worked with, and the exciting opportunities that have presented themselves this year, I want to thank you, our SCG members and friends, for your continued support, engagement, and enthusiasm. Please enjoy reading this brief recap—as you may have noticed, we’ve also got a fresh new look for our e-newsletters that I hope you’ll enjoy. Kudos to the talented folks at Hershey Cause Communications!

Please join me in reaching out to welcome our newest members to the SCG community:

Dr. Thomas Backer (Consultant)
Michael Berry (Consultant)
Marcled Foundation
Samueli Foundation

This November we held our largest Annual Conference ever with nearly 500 philanthropists, community leaders, and change makers in attendance! You can read a recap of the conference on my blog, and members can log in to access resources here.

Using the conference theme Building Resilient Communities, we explored a variety of critical issues that will continue to shape SCG's work in the coming year, including future programs, resources, and collaborative efforts. We have already expanded two popular breakout sessions from the conference into dynamic new programs. Register now for a funder bus tour on Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline on December 9th and a new In Focus session on the School-Based Wellness Center Breakthrough on February 11th.

SCG’s Orange County membership is growing rapidly. As a follow-up to our Annual Conference, which focused on building resilient communities at the regional level, Orange County members met to dive deeper into some of the conference’s key data and topics from a specifically local perspective. This convening was an opportunity for Orange County members to share their learning and develop substantive local next steps in collaboration with their peers. Access notes and resources from the convening here (member log in required).

Additionally, we are thrilled to announce we are forming an Orange County Steering Committee. The committee will play an important role in shaping SCG events and services focused in Orange County and will help add the OC lens to SCG’s overall programming and conferences. If you are interested in joining, please contact Amanda Byrd.

As I shared earlier in the year, we have inaugurated the new SCG Public Policy Advisory Committee to continue supporting our members working in the policy realm. The Committee will work to frame the philanthropy public policy conversation on a local, state and federal levels by educating SCG members on legislative issues affecting philanthropy and the issue areas philanthropy supports, and by fostering engagement with policymakers to advance the work of philanthropy and build strong communities. If you are interested in receiving updates on our policy efforts, please log in to your SCG account and edit your profile to indicate your interest in Public Policy & Advocacy under "Professional Development Interests”. You can also check our new policy section of the website for the latest news, resources, and events.  For more information or questions about your own public policy and advocacy efforts, please contact SCG Public Policy Fellow Rocio Bonsall.

This month, SCG members met to discuss the goals and future direction of the newly-formed SCG Foster Care Funders Collaborative. This group stems from a series of SCG programs on the Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection, and the efforts of many SCG members to work collaboratively with other funders and with the County toward meaningful reform. The SCG Foster Care Funders Collaborative is open to all SCG members who have an interest in child welfare initiatives and in working with the LA County Department of Children & Family Services to improve the foster care system. Contact Tuly Martinez if you are interested in participating.

In our 2015 planning, we are evaluating whether to expand one of our signature programs for family foundations. Each of our two FFIX (Family Foundation Information Exchange) peer groups meets five times a year to share information and problem-solve on the unique challenges facing family philanthropy: from grantee due diligence to on-boarding the next generation. FFIX is facilitated by Jan Kern, and the cost is $600 per year to participate. Please let us know if you are interested in joining a third FFIX group.

I hope you found this brief update useful. Please feel free to call or email me anytime with your feedback and ideas.



Christine Essel
President and CEO

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