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SCG's President's Message - January 2020

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Happy New Year, SCG Community!


We hope all of you had a wonderful and restorative holiday season. We are excited to share that 2020 is off to an incredible start!

We are thrilled to announce that SCG has elected James Alva, Senior Vice President & Market Manager at Citi Community Development, as Chair of our Board, effective January 1, 2020. James replaces Beatriz Solís who will continue to serve in our Board Executive Committee in the role of Past Board Chair. We are incredibly grateful for Beatriz's service to the SCG Board and look forward to James' two-year term.

Today, SCG is also proud to participate in the fourth annual National Day of Racial Healing. To celebrate this event, Truth, Racial Healing, & Transformation-Los Angeles (TRHT-LA) is hosting a series of sold out racial justice dialogues this week. As you may recall, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation started TRHT as a community-based initiative to spark conversations around and address the historic and contemporary effects of racism in many aspects of our lives. In 2016, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation selected Los Angeles as one of fourteen regions throughout the country to implement the TRHT effort. SCG is proud to use this incredible grant-funded program to add an equity dimension to our work, reaching communities far and wide in Los Angeles County. 

Additionally, we would like to share an update on our ongoing strategic planning process. For the past several months, the team at SCG has been working diligently with our Board and the SCG community to refresh our organizational direction and values. We are now in the final stages of this process and look forward to sharing our new vision for a thriving philanthropic sector very soon. 

Finally, with a new year, comes a new slate of SCG members! You can learn more about each of them in our "Meet our New Members" section.

There is so much to look forward to in 2020! We can't wait for everything we will accomplish together this year. 

Christine Essel
President & CEO, Southern California Grantmakers


ANNOUNCING SCG'S NEW BOARD CHAIR

Southern California Grantmakers has elected James Alva, Senior Vice President & Market Manager at Citi Community Development, as Board Chair of SCG for a two-year term, effective January 1, 2020.

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National Day of Racial Healing

SCG is proud to celebrate the fourth annual National Day of Racial Healing with a week-long series of sold out events that will bring together various communities for racial healing dialogues.

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Today, individuals, organizations, and communities across the U.S. came together for the nationwide National Day of Racial Healing to share truth, deepen relationships, and build trust to create a more equitable future. Watch a recorded livestream of the event hosted by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

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Explore how TRHT-LA's 2018-2019 programming deepened relationships with our neighbors and sparked important conversations in our communities. 

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MEET SCG'S NEW MEMBERS     

Ashoka


ARLINGTON, VA
Ashoka collaborates with a community of change leaders to transform institutions and cultures worldwide for the good of all.


CAIR-LA

ANAHEIM, CA 
CAIR-LA aims to enhance the understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.


Mary Gray

PASADENA, CA
Mary is a philanthropic consultant at Engage R+D which helps nonprofits, foundations, and public agencies measure their impact, bring together stakeholders, and foster learning and innovation.


Michelson Found Animals Foundation

SHERMAN OAKS, CA
The Michelson Found Animals Foundation is dedicated to reversing the outcome for the three to four million animals euthanized each year in the United States.

 
Nevada Community Foundation

LAS VEGAS, NV
The Nevada Community Foundation helps donors in Southern Nevada and beyond discover their charitable passion, fulfill their philanthropic dreams, and make a lasting impact in their community. . 


Nona Randois

LOS ANGELES, CA
Nona is a philanthropic consultant at Bolder Advocacy which encourages funders to support advocacy through legal guidance on federal, state, & local law impacting foundations.


Parkview Legacy Foundation 

RIVERSIDE, CA
The Parkview Legacy Foundation advances the equitable probability of wellness through social determinants of health.


Quyen Tu

WASHINGTON, DC
Quyen is a philanthropic consultant at Bolder Advocacy which encourages funders to support advocacy through legal guidance on federal, state, & local law impacting foundations.


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