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SCG's President's Message - May 2020

Friday, May 29, 2020

 

DEAR SCG COMMUNITY, 

 

Welcome back to the SCG President's Message! SCG is excited to resume our regular communication schedule as we also continue to monitor and support our members' COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. 

While I am happy to return to my monthly platform, my heart is heavy mourning the murder of George Floyd and the 100,000 lives lost during the past few months of the coronavirus pandemic.

As philanthropy shifts our response to support our communities' recovery, we have resoundingly agreed not to go back to normal. At the beginning of this long and challenging road to recovery, we must acknowledge the realities of this so-called "normal."

It is normal for communities of color to be in crisis for hundreds of years.
It is normal for Black, Indigenous, and people of color to be invisible, oppressed, criminalized, excluded, tokenized, weaponized, and erased.
It is normal for our friends, colleagues, neighbors, and fellow citizens to be hurt and deprived of equitable opportunities to thrive.

But acknowledgment is not enough. We must work to eliminate these devastating, structural, systemic inequities that have become normal. We need to create a new normal altogether. 

I have been inspired and moved by the wisdom of our colleagues. In the past few weeks, the SCG community has heard directly from social justice leaders such as Michelle Burton (Community Health Councils), Deepa Iyer (Building Movement Project), Angela Mooney D'Arcy (Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples), Lyell Sakaue (Bridgespan), and also Aimee Allison (She the People), Cathy Cha (Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund), Sonja Diaz (Latino Public Policy Institute), Shena Ashley (Urban Institute). These thoughtful partners reminded us that the COVID-19 pandemic hit our most vulnerable communities the hardest because it lays bare and amplifies pre-existing systemic inequities.

SCG will continue holding space for our members to build a more equitable future by hosting urgent conversations, taking part in collaborations, coordinating cross-sector efforts, fostering connections, and contributing to narrative change. I would love to hear directly from you on how your organization is building a new normal and how SCG can help advance your work.

You will find below a curation of resources including Philanthropy California's Policy Summit blogs, SCG's analysis of the latest federal relief package, and updates from the Office of the Governor by Kathleen Kelly Janus. And lastly, a warm welcome to 17 new SCG members who are joining our family of leaders to take bold actions and fight for our communities.

In strength and partnership, 

Christine Essel
President & CEO, Southern California Grantmakers

 


THE PHILANTHROPY CALIFORNIA POLICY SUMMIT BLOG SERIES

Adopting a Racial Justice Framework for a Resilient Democracy

Inspired by the conversation between Aimee Allison, Shena Ashley, Cathy Cha, and Sonja Diaz, we explore how funders can help build a truly resilient democracy and a path to COVID-19 recovery during this critical election year. 

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Five Opportunities for Philanthropy in COVID-19 Response: A Conversation With Secretary Mark Ghaley and Dr. Sandra Hernandez 

Dr. Mark Ghaly, Secretary of California's Health Care Services Agency and Dr. Sandra Hernández, President & CEO of the California Healthcare Foundation, outlined five opportunities for philanthropy to align with state agencies in their COVID-19 responses. 

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Mapping the Housing and Homelessness Crisis in California: Root Causes and Philanthropic Opportunities  

California is rapidly approaching a breaking point in its affordable housing and homelessness crisis, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to amplify inequities. Understanding the root causes of the housing and homelessness crisis in California can help philanthropy to take action.  

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PHILANTHROPY TAKES ACTION

SCG Analysis: Governor Newsom's May Revision to the 2020-21 State Budget

Seyron Foo, SCG's Vice President of Public Policy & Government Relations, provided an overview of the mechanics of the state budget, details of the proposed budget, and the potential action philanthropy can take.

READ UPDATE

 

Updates from the Office of the Governor: May 2020

Philanthropy California invited Kathleen Kelly Janus, Senior Advisor on Social Innovation to Governor Gavin Newsom, to provide updates on California's latest public-private partnerships and upcoming priorities for the state. 

READ UPDATE

 


COMMITTEE FOR GREATER LA

Creating a Roadmap to Recovery 

As communities respond to the COVID-19 crisis, a new foundation-inspired effort has launched to inform the roadmap for a just recovery. The Committee for a Greater Los Angeles is a collaboration between philanthropy, nonprofits, business, government, and researchers from UCLA and USC. Over the last six weeks, the Committee has been laying out strategies to guide policymakers to prioritize the needs of the most impacted residents of LA County and ultimately ensure they will be better off than they were before the crisis. 

READ MORE

 


THOUGHT LEADERSHIP AND RESOURCES 

 

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MEET SCG'S NEW MEMBERS

American Business Bank

LOS ANGELES, CA

American Business Bank is a relationship-driven bank that partners with middle-market companies to meet their needs by offering professional, high-touch banking.

View SCG Member Profile. 

Bernard Boudreaux

OAKLAND, CA 

Bernard Boudreaux is the founder and principal of Be Beneficent Consulting, which partners with individuals, nonprofits, and businesses to address social issues within their local communities through action that achieves measurable results.

View SCG Member Profile. 

Celiac Disease Foundation

WOODLAND HILLS, CA

The Celiac Disease Foundation leads a comprehensive program of research, education, advocacy, and support, to drive diagnosis, treatments, and a cure to improve the quality of life for all those affected by celiac disease.

View SCG Member Profile. 

The Peter W. Doerken Foundation

EL SEGUNDO, CA

The Peter W. Doerken Foundation works to support vulnerable women and youth in Los Angeles County and supports a number of charitable and philanthropic organizations locally, nationally, and internationally.

View SCG Member Profile. 

James J. and Sue Femino Foundation

PASADENA, CA

The James J. and Sue Femino Foundation primarily provides support for hospitals, health organizations, and institutions of medical research and education. The Foundation also supports higher and other educational institutions, as well as art, music, and literature.

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James Herr

LOS ANGELES, CA

James Herr is the founder of James E. Herr Consulting and is a corporate & foundation philanthropy professional and nonprofit consultant with a demonstrated history of working across broad sectors and constituencies.

View SCG Member Profile. 

Panta Rhea Foundation

SAUSALITO, CA

The Panta Rhea Foundation is a global family grantmaking foundation catalyzing a just, thriving world that currently funds food sovereignty and vibrant democracy efforts across the United States, Mexico, and the Phillippines.

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Lindsay Rachelefsky

LOS ANGELES, CA
Lindsay is the founder of Sky Advisory Group, a full-service consulting firm that advises high net worth individuals, foundation, and corporations on philanthropic strategy and political giving.

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SCAN Health Plan

LONG BEACH, CA

SCAN Health Plan's Independence at Home program is a community-based service that has helped thousands of people remain healthy and happy in their own homes.

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Schwab Charitable

SAN FRANCISCO, CA 

Schwab Charitable is an independent 501(c)(3) public charity with a mission to increase charitable giving in the U.S. by providing a tax-smart and simple giving solution to donors and their investment advisors.

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Shekels Charitable Foundation

SOUTH PASADENA, CA

The Shekels Charitable Foundation is dedicated to improving lives both locally and internationally, across various issue areas.

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The Smidt Foundation

CALABASAS, CA

The Smidt Foundation wants to help achieve opportunity, justice, equality, and safety for all.

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SRE Network

CULVER CITY, CA

The SRE Network works to ensure safe, respectful, and equitable Jewish workplaces and communal spaces by addressing sexual harassment, sexism, and gender discrimination.

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UNITE-LA

LOS ANGELES, CA

UNITE-LA's mission is to ensure the continuous improvement of effective and aligned cradle-to-career public education and workforce development systems in Los Angeles, resulting in all children and youth having access to a high-quality education.

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USCCU Community Foundation

LOS ANGELES, CA
USCCU Community Foundation's mission is to enable the Trojan Family’s financial dreams and enhance the quality of life in the communities they serve.

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Jan Vanslyke

CARLSBAD, CA

Jan Vanslyke is the owner of Evaluation Specialists, which partners with community-based prevention, health promotion, education, and social service leaders to help them use research and evaluation to do the most for good.

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Visionary Women

BEVERLY HILLS, CA

Visionary Women is a unique nonprofit community focused on engaging conversations with innovative leaders and funding high impact initiatives for women and girls.

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