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SCG President's Message - June 2018

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Dear Colleagues,

As we move into June, I want to recognize that this month is LGBTQ+ Pride Month. Please join me in honoring the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan, which many consider the tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States, and recognizing the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals have had on history locally, nationally and internationally.

Civic engagement is so important – and today (Tuesday, June 5th) is an opportunity for all of us to get out there and vote in California’s statewide primary election! I hope all of us will be wearing our “I Voted” stickers by the end of the day.

Today SCG is also proudly hosting our annual Family Philanthropy Conference, entitled Pathways to Impact. At the conference, a record number of participants will examine how we as grantmakers can look at innovative pathways and maximize our resources to really make a difference.



This year, we are joined by two outstanding keynote speakers who are leaders in this sector: Aaron Dorfman, President and CEO of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) and Farhad Ebrahimi, Founder and President of the Chorus Foundation.

Aaron Dorfman                                                            Farhad Ebrahimi
  Aaron Dorfman                                                                 Farhad Ebrahimi
                         President and CEO                                                          Founder and President                      
                             NCRP                                                                         Chorus Foundation                  

I want to take a moment to recognize SCG’s commitment to family philanthropy. SCG has a deep-rooted interest in family philanthropy that began early in our organization’s formation―three of our four founding members were family foundations―so family philanthropy is very much in our DNA.

SCG is very lucky to have a vibrant community of family philanthropists in our membership. We will continue to support them through our existing signature programs, including our Family Foundation Information Exchange (FFIX) groups, multiple family-related programs throughout the year such as today’s conference and the Traditions of Giving event in the fall, and through our partnership with the National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP), by which we provide our members access to NCFP’s online resources and monthly webinars. And we are planning to introduce a number of new family philanthropy-related benefits, including a forthcoming quarterly newsletter and a revamped online portal that will enhance the community even more.

Thank you for allowing me a moment to celebrate our long and rich history of working together with family philanthropies. We at SCG are grateful to have you as members―especially those of you who have been with us for so many years now. And we look forward to continuing to work with you to build and evolve together.


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Philanthropy in Sacramento Day

Early Bird Registration Now Open for
SCG's 2018 Annual Conference!

Applications Open for SCG’s 2018-2019 Emerging
Leaders Peer-to-Peer Network

Program Roundup

Coming Up

SCG Staff News

Philanthropy in Sacramento Day


Delegation to Sacramento


On May 22, Philanthropy California, our alliance with Northern California and San Diego Grantmakers, convened over 20 funders from across the state for our annual Philanthropy in Sacramento Day. This was a special event bringing together our state’s elected officials with leaders of our sector. It was our opportunity to share the work of philanthropy so that our state’s policymakers could take the best practices developed from our members’ grantmaking and scale them up to improve the lives of millions of Californians.

This year, our group focused heavily on educating policymakers about the 2020 Census, particularly the unique challenges that will require additional resources to help ensure the participation of hard-to-count populations. Our visits were well-timed, as the Legislature worked to iron out differences between Senate and Assembly versions of the budget; and although the budget is not yet final, I am pleased to report that the Assembly Committee on Budget is proposing an additional $113 million for the 2020 Census, including $95 million for Community Based Organization (CBO) outreach, $12 million for Los Angeles County and $6 million for Santa Clara County.

Southern California Grantmakers’ delegation included Alba Bautista from First 5 Los Angeles, Chelsea Mason from the Eisner Foundation, Stephanie Green from the Women’s Foundation of California and Tara Westman from The California Endowment.


Early Bird Registration Now Open for SCG's 2018 Annual Conference!


Annual Conference Logo

We are greatly looking forward to this year's Annual Conference, which will take place on Monday, September 17 at the InterContinental Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The theme of the conference is Our Common Humanity and we’ll engage in a dialogue about what brings us together in a divided world.

#SCGAnnualCon18 already features a number of exciting speakers, including our keynote speaker, john a. powell, the Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair & Inclusive Society and the Robert D. Haas Chancellor’s Chair in Equity and Inclusion Professor of Law, African American and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Join over 600 colleagues from our diverse philanthropic community of private, public, family, individual and corporate change-makers for this dynamic and inspiring day.

Register by August 25 to take advantage of our early bird rate! Or become a sponsor for complimentary tickets and other benefits!


Applications Open for SCG’s 2018-2019 Emerging Leaders Peer-to-Peer Network


Applications are now open for SCG's 2018-2019 Emerging Leaders Peer-to-Peer network, our highly regarded peer-learning professional development coaching program for select emerging and mid-level career leaders from SCG member organizations. Successful applicants selected for the program will have the opportunity to engage closely with philanthropic colleagues to discuss and reflect on topics related to leadership development, organizational dynamics, collaborative philanthropic impact, philanthropy trends and each member’s professional and personal goals.

Similar to our longtime Senior Peer-to-Peer program, this peer learning group will utilize a coaching model that will enable members to create and implement a personal development plan, as well as to expand networks and alliances for professional growth.

The deadline to submit the application is June 15. Learn more and apply.


Program Roundup


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Attendees at The People's HomeAttendees at The People's Home

  • Last month, Philanthropy California and the Nonprofit Finance Fund led a session on “Learning from and Applying a Full Cost Approach” at the Grantmakers for Effective Organizations’ Conference. Nearly 70 participants learned about the Full Cost Project, which understands that funding is changing funding practices for nonprofits that diminish their effectiveness and vitality. We shared tools for applying the full cost approach to grantmaking in order to better support and strengthen nonprofits. 
  • SCG partnered with the United State of Women (USOW) for its 2018 Summit, a powerful gathering of women and allies from across the country who know their energy and power will break the barriers that stand between women and full equality. In fact, SCG Director of Programs and Conferences Tuly Martinez and several SCG members were on the planning committee for the summit, which featured a conversation with Former First Lady Michelle Obama. Congratulations to USOW on a great summit!

Michelle Obama and Tracee Ellis Ross
Former First Lady Michelle Obama and Actress and Activist Tracee Ellis Ross


Coming Up


We hope to see you at these upcoming events:



Addressing Inequity through Arts Education: A Funders Briefing on the LA County Arts Education Profile

In partnership with the LA County Arts Ed Collective Funders Council, join us to discuss the role that arts education can play in addressing a range of critical issues raised in the recently released Portrait of Los Angeles County report. Read More


A Conversation with Give2Asia’s Birger Stamperdahl and Xiao Rong

Interested in philanthropy in China or elsewhere in Asia? Join us to hear from Give2Asia's leadership about their work connecting corporations, foundations and individuals with local charitable organizations and social enterprises across Asia. Read More



Exploring Organizational Capacity and Health: A Guide to Assessment Tools

For this webinar, participants will go through a database of over 90 assessment tools and review this memo to better understand the landscape of organizational assessments. Read More



The Foundation: A Performance by Tony Award-Winner Sarah Jones

Join SCG and the California Community Foundation for an evening of laughter, entertainment and thoughtful conversation with the Los Angeles philanthropic community. Commissioned by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The Foundation is a dynamic, multi-character one-person show. Read More



Educating the Next Generation of Environmental Stewards in Southern California

At this program, we will discuss the state of environmental education in Southern California. Participants will have an opportunity to connect and learn from other funders supporting this work in the region. Read More

SCG Staff News


A number of staff-related news and accolades to share:


Amanda Byrd, Vice President of Membership and Communications, has been selected and is currently participating in Leadership LA through the Southern California Leadership Network. As a fellow, she is spending one day a month this year engaging in a combination of classroom discussion and experiential learning on crucial topics, such as education, workforce development, transportation, healthcare, the environment, civic engagement and personal leadership development.




Seyron Foo, Director of Public Policy and Government Relations, has been selected as one of the Independent Sector’s 2018 American Express NGen Fellows. This national honor will provide Seyron an opportunity to strengthen his capacity for future impact, provide professional and leadership development, networking and peer support and connections with established sector leaders. Independent Sector is a national membership organization that brings together nonprofits, foundations and corporations to advance the common good.



Tuly MartinezTuly Martinez, Director of Programs and Conferences, has been selected by the Center for Nonprofit Management (CNM) as one of the 40 Inspiring Leaders who will be honored on June 14th during CNM’s 40th Anniversary Celebration! CNM reached out to nonprofit colleagues throughout Southern California to ask for nominations of inspiring leaders in executive, governance and emerging leadership positions. The judges were looking for examples of effective leadership, measurable results and inspiration in their organizations or community. The judges then had the difficult task of narrowing down hundreds of nominations to just 40 and Tuly was selected!



Annabelle RosboroughAnd finally, it is with great sadness that I announce the departure of Annabelle Rosborough, Senior Manager, Programs. Annabelle joined SCG in 2012 as a Project Assistant. In 2013, she was promoted to a Program Associate and soon after became a Program Manager. In 2016 she was again promoted to Senior Program Manager. I want to express our deepest gratitude to Annabelle. She joined our team at a critical juncture and time of change. She has made significant contributions and taken us to the next level in multiple areas—especially in veterans’ issues, homelessness, nonprofit capacity building, criminal justice, disaster relief and our work with the corporate sector. We wish Annabelle the very best, we thank her for her service, and we remain committed to continuing her work in these areas. Please do not hesitate to contact Dave Sheldon with any questions.

As always, thank you for being part of the Southern California philanthropy community.

Christine Essel
President and CEO
Southern California Grantmakers