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Philanthropy California

Philanthropy CA is an initiative of Northern California Grantmakers (NCG), Southern California Grantmakers (SCG), and San Diego Grantmakers (SDG). Our combined membership represents more than 600 foundations, corporate funders, philanthropic individuals and families, giving circles, and government agencies who invest billions every year to support communities across the state, the country, and worldwide.

We collaborate more closely in Philanthropy CA for:

  • A stronger statewide philanthropic presence that bridges geographic and organizational boundaries and diverse interests among funders
  • A united voice for public policy issues affecting philanthropy
  • Improved opportunities for learning and collaboration
  • The ability to engage a broader range of stakeholders
  • Streamlined support for nonprofits and philanthropy

Philanthropy CA taps into the deep regional expertise and connections of funders to increase philanthropy’s impact in building and sustaining thriving, equitable communities. Together, we can impact our members, the nonprofits they support and the communities they serve.

How to Get Involved

There’s much more for Philanthropy CA to do over the long haul. We remain committed to the belief that by aligning our regional networks’ deep local expertise and connections, we can increase philanthropy’s impact in building and sustaining thriving, equitable communities; and we can be a powerful force for change on issues that affect us all, here in California and far beyond.

We invite you, our collective members, to help us move Philanthropy CA forward with your ideas and involvement. We’re interested to hear your thoughts and look forward to seeing the ways this momentum will carry all of us.

We welcome feedback to any of us individually or to the group through Philanthropy CA's Chief Administrative Officer, Karen Freeman.


Statewide Policy News

Monday, November 21, 2016

California’s three regional philanthropy associations are deepening our partnership as a force for positive impact, and the timing couldn’t be better. Clearly, changes are underway nationally which will affect philanthropy in our state for years... more

Friday, January 6, 2017

Our state’s three philanthropy regional associations—Northern California Grantmakers (NCG), San Diego Grantmakers (SDG), and Southern California Grantmakers (SCG)—are... more

Thursday, April 6, 2017

SCG Public Policy Conference 2017 Opening Remarks by Christine Essel

Monday, April 17, 2017

On April 6th, three hundred SCG members from across Southern California gathered for our largest-ever Public Policy Conference... more

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Dear Colleagues, 

Philanthropy California News

Friday, May 4, 2018

Dear Colleagues,

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Our state is great because of the strength we draw from our diversity, including the 10 million immigrants who live here. Immigrants and their families are our classmates and colleagues, our neighbors, and family members. No matter where someone... more

Monday, April 2, 2018

Dear Colleagues,

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Philanthropy California voices our unequivocal support for the “Johnson Amendment” – the long-standing federal law that prohibits 501(c)(3) charitable organizations from endorsing, opposing or contributing to political candidates... more

Monday, February 26, 2018

The U.S. Department of Justice sent a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in December, asking that a citizenship question be... more

Thursday, February 8, 2018

California has long been home to a special kind of American Dream. People from all walks of life come to our state to find opportunity and prosperity. Since we were granted statehood in 1850 after the Mexican-American War, when the population was... more

Philanthropy California Events

Friday, June 1, 2018
10:00am - 4:00pm
Join us for a full-day funders... more

Philanthropy California Resources

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Last month, Philanthropy California, an alliance of Southern California, Northern California and San Diego Grantmakers, ventured to... more

Monday, April 16, 2018

Latino Community Foundation and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund joined forces to produce this roadmap to secure a fair and accurate count in the midst of unprecedented challenges.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Good morning from Washington, DC! Our Public Policy Roundup is coming from Capitol Hill, where as Philanthropy California, an alliance of Northern California, Southern California and San Diego Grantmakers, we spent two days meeting with more than... more

Thursday, February 15, 2018

This month’s Public Policy Roundup highlights three bills moving through the State Legislature: one that seeks to address the effects of capping the state and local tax deduction for federal taxes; one dealing with homelessness; and one expanding... more

Friday, January 26, 2018

In the last two weeks, SCG has taken action to support an accurate and fair count in the 2020 Census.

Friday, January 26, 2018

In the last two weeks, SCG has taken action to support an accurate and fair count in the 2020 Census.