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SCG President's Message - July 2019

Friday, July 26, 2019

Recapping our 2019 Family Philanthropy Conference & Philanthropy California Updates 

Dear SCG Family, 

 

Last month, our SCG family foundation community came together for our Family Foundation Conference, Unpacking Power Dynamics with Cultural Humility. This gathering was one of largest yet, and it epitomized philanthropy's power to achieve significant community impact while being grounded in empathy and humility. 

The topics we discussed were challenging and timely. We talked candidly about our collective privilege and what it means to share and build power with our community partners to create a more equitable future. I am grateful to all of our members who approach their work with curiosity and self-reflection. You can review key themes from the conference here

I am proud that every aspect of this conference was driven and shaped by the SCG Family Philanthropy Advisory Council. I saw our members leave the conference equipped with fresh perspectives, renewed empathy, and a deeper humility. I am eager to continue these conversations at the SCG 2019 Annual Conference: Foresight Philanthropy, where we will reimagine and work toward a more equitable future.

 

Christine Essel
President & CEO, Southern California Grantmakers

 


Register for our 2019 Annual Conference: Foresight Philanthropy

Creating a More Equitable Future

SCG’s 2019 Annual Conference: Foresight Philanthropy, is the gateway for funders to sharpen your grantmaking strategies, invigorate cross-sector collaborations, and get ready to be more dynamic changemakers by using the tools of futurism. Join over 600 colleagues for a day filled with interactive plenaries, inspiring keynote speakers, and skill-building workshops designed to embolden us to become philanthropic futurists. Members whose office is located outside LA County may use the discount code AC2019Travel to receive a $75 discount in recognition of your travel.

REGISTER

 


Philanthropy California Updates 

Nation's First Gender Justice Fund Launches $10 Million Collaborative to Change Culture and Advance Gender Justice

We are what we speak! From #MeToo to unconstitutional attacks on abortion, the fight for gender justice is happening now. Philanthropy California is proud to partner with the Women's Foundation of California and other leaders to launch a new $10M Culture Change Fund. A first of its kind, the Culture Change Fund is launching to address how the nation understands gender justice and to promote culture change as a key solution to systemic problems. Philanthropy California will co-lead the Gender Justice Network with the Women's Foundation, and will provide gender justice-focused programming and educational opportunities to its members. Learn more about the Culture Change Fund below. 

LEARN MORE

 

Siz Strategies to Increase Disaster Resiliency in California

California Volunteers has released a report outlining six investment strategies to amplify whole community emergency preparedness. channel private-sector, nonprofit, community-based, and faith-based resources to spur cross-sector coordination, and bolster the capacity of local communities to strengthen resilience. 

VIEW REPORT 

 

Philanthropy California has stepped up to lead one of the six strategies, fostering community-based disaster preparedness, response, and recovery by developing more coordinated and proactive plans and processes for funding. Stay tuned for a disaster relief summit hosted by Philanthropy California later this year! The gathering will bring together statewide funders to clarify the variety of roles funders can play in developing equitable disaster response and recovery grantmaking strategies. 

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Interested in learning more about philanthropy’s role in disaster relief? Attend Reimagining Philanthropy’s Role in Building Resilient Communities: Addressing Extreme Natural Events Head On to learn the science behind California disasters and resilience investments, the role philanthropy, and how members can engage in these issues now and in the future.

REGISTER

 

Citizenship Question Will Not Be Included in the 2020 Census: Our Fight for an Accurate Count Continues

The Administration is no longer pursuing the inclusion of a citizenship question in the 2020 Census after The Supreme Court of the United States blocked the citizenship question from being added to the questionnaire. While this decision is an important victory for fairness, justice, and democracy, there is still significant work ahead to ensure a fair and accurate count of all Californians – and the future of our state. 

READ OUR STATEMENT

 

If you are interested in creating fair and transparent district boundaries that serve the best interests of the people of California you can apply to be a part of the 2020 Citizens Redistricting Commission.

APPLY

 


SCG News

Announcing Our 2019-2021 Senior Peer-to-Peer Network!

SCG is delighted to announce that we have selected our candidates for the 2019-2021 Senior Peer-to-Peer Network! This exciting peer-learning professional development program will be led by Judy Belk, President and CEO of The California Wellness Foundation, and will bring together senior-level program staff from SCG member organizations. The group will explore topics related to philanthropic leadership development, collaborative philanthropic impact, philanthropy trends, and each member’s professional and personal goals. We will be sharing more updates on cohort members and their work in the coming months! For now, meet our cohort: 

 

Naomi Strongin - Senior Program Officer, The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles

Phylene Wiggins - Vice President, Programs & Grants, Ventura County Community Foundation

Vanessa Silberman - Senior Director of Communications & Strategic Initiatives, Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation

Jennifer Lieberstein - Senior Program Advisor, The Atlas Family Foundation

Sara Montrose - Program Officer, Weingart Foundation

Jolene Fassbinder - Program Officer, Archstone Foundation

Talia Gibas - Professional Development Programs Manager, Los Angeles County

Erin Westphal - Program Officer, The SCAN Foundation

Rafael Gonzalez - Director of Community Relations, First 5 LA

Rebecca Newman - Program Officer, The Rose Hills Foundation

Sheri Dunn Berry - Director of Programs, Community Partners

Chaitali Gala - Chief Operating Officer, Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation

Ellen Young - Vice President, Irvine Health Foundation

James Alva - Senior VP & Market Manager, Citi Community Development

Sarah Belnick - Program Director, ECMC Foundation

 

Videos: 50th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage & Tongva Tribe Walking Tour

In April, Truth Racial Healing & Transformation – Los Angeles hosted a Tongva History Walk of Downtown Los Angeles and took part in the 50th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage. Both events reaffirmed our commitment to holding space for truth-telling and healing, filled our hearts with humility, and left us with much to reflect upon: in order to heal, grow, and make progress, our society must have greater awareness of our history. Watch two beautiful videos chronicling the Tongva History Walk and Manzanar Pilgrimage.

WATCH VIDEOS 

 


In Case You Missed It

July Family Philanthropy Newsletter SCG'S quarterly newsletter highlighting original content created by family foundations, community news, and resources. 

June Public Policy Roundup SCG'S monthly newsletter featuring the latest on public policy issues and legislative spotlights. 

June Corporate Brief SCG'S monthly newsletter on corporate social responsibility and corporate philanthropy news, events, and peer profiles.

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SCG President's Message - May 2019

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
This month, SCG'S President & CEO Chis Essel has offered our staff her platform to share key takeaways from our 2019 Public Policy Conference, learnings and resources from recent Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation - Los Angeles programs, member news, and more.
 

 

Post-Policy Conference Takeaways and SCG’s Newly Expanded Public Policy Agenda

Tuly Martinez, Director, Programs and Conferences; Seyron Foo, Director, Public Policy and Government Relations

Key Takeaways for Funders from the 2019 Public Policy Conference, Conference California: The Road Ahead

 

As we reflect on last month’s Public Policy Conference, it’s clearer than ever that philanthropy has a significant role to play in public policy. With over 300 funders and community leaders in attendance, the conference illustrated that advocacy is a critical tool in the philanthropic toolbox and that public-private partnerships are among our most promising vehicles for change.

Below are just a few key takeaways for funders from the day’s dynamic conversations (be sure to visit this resource page for more valuable insights from each session):

  • Across various state budget initiatives, a common theme is the recognition that children and families do not face isolated challenges or live in silos. Addressing deep poverty requires a multitude of simultaneous, coordinated investments—amongst which philanthropy’s direct monetary contribution can only create a relatively small impact. Therefore, funders might want to consider using policy, advocacy and communications campaigns to scale systems change efforts.
  • California has three interconnected crises: homelessness, housing affordability and healthcare access. Put simply, it’s difficult to access healthcare if you do not have a place to live. Philanthropy can: (1) Get involved in tax laws/state budgets, which have the single biggest impact on the lives of people in poverty; (2) Change the narrative: Housing is a systemic issue, not an individual one; (3) Elevate the voices of people most impacted by building power through community organizing networks; and, (4) Advance budgetary and legislative change through our own advocacy and by supporting active voting at the ballot box, including for equitable implementation of laws.
  • Philanthropy has a role to play in redistricting reform—ensuring that the rules of the game are fair and that politicians have to serve voters. To learn more about redistricting, read a blog post by Connie Malloy Portfolio Director of the James Irvine Foundation and join a Redistricting 101 webinar on May 28, co-presented by SCG and Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrant and Refugees.
  • The “north star” for justice reinvestments for young people in Los Angeles is for no children to remain in the county youth prison system. In order to reach this goal, a larger coalition of partners will be needed.
  • While many of us are trained to create structural systems change by focusing on policies and practices, transformative systems change requires working on “hidden” conditions that are holding a problem in place. Funders need to recognize and address relationships, power dynamics, events, patterns/trends and deeply held beliefs.
  • To alleviate race and gender wealth gaps, funders can broaden the reach of private-public partnerships. For example, LIFT-LA focuses on financial literacy and education, helping families overcome burdensome debt and build pathways to access and gain wealth. Funders can also support robust public policies to address cash-based need and debt alleviation, e.g., expanding the California Earned Income Tax Credit or children’s savings accounts.
 

An Exciting Next Step for SCG’s Policy Work

 

Since the creation of our public policy agenda, SCG has worked with members to lay out key areas of focus for our advocacy work. Earlier this year, SCG’s Public Policy Committee took a bold step by articulating an informed position and strategy recommendation on each of our priority issues. We have long recognized that philanthropy’s immense intellectual capital must be shared to support community-led solutions and drive evidence-based public policy, and this agenda now anchors us to further deepen our public policy engagement. It spells out our perspective on key issue areas that underpin and drive our advocacy. Reviewed on an annual basis by our Public Policy Committee, the agenda guides the SCG team as we identify opportunities where philanthropy’s voice can positively shape outcomes.

 

Our next major effort in the policy realm is Philanthropy in the State Capitol, coming up on May 21 and 22. We are thrilled that 30 of your colleagues will be among our delegation in Sacramento, joining another 10 funders from across the state through Philanthropy California. We will continue to share updates and outcomes from this event, as well as ongoing public policy efforts. If you have any questions or would like to become more involved in this work, contact Seyron Foo, Director of Public Policy and Government Relations.

 


 

Honoring and Confronting Our Past to Pave Ways for Racial Healing

Adele Lee, Director, Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation - Los Angeles

In April, Truth Racial Healing & Transformation – Los Angeles hosted a Tongva History Walk of Downtown Los Angeles and took part in the 50th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage. Both events filled our hearts with humility and left us with much to reflect upon: in order to heal, grow, and make progress, our society must have greater awareness of our history.

Presented in collaboration with local Tongva leaders Cindi Alvitre, Julia Bogany, Desiree Martinez, and Craig Torres, the Tongva History Walk attempted to re-envision the landscape of Downtown Los Angeles as Yaanga—the village where Tongva and Gabrieleno communities lived prior to contact with European settlers and missionaries in the late 1700s. Throughout the program, participants got a glimpse into indigenous worldviews that highlight our current relationships with water and nature, public spaces, oral histories, land, and ancestry. As the Tongva leaders fought through a cacophony of traffic and city noises in order to guide us through the Yaanga Plaque, Placita Olvera, Union Station, and other unacknowledged sites, we were poignantly reminded of the indigenous communities who are constantly struggling to be seen and heard.

 

For half a century, over 1,000 people from all walks of life have traveled from locations far and wide to Manzanar, the first of the American concentration camps in which more than 120,000 Japanese Americans and their immigrant parents were unjustly incarcerated during World War II. Partnering with Vigilant Love during the 50th Manzanar Pilgrimage, our TRHT-LA community was joined by a multi-ethnic and inter-spiritual delegation of Muslim Americans, Japanese Americans and many others. Standing in the sweltering desert heat at the foot of the majestic Sierra Nevada with an alliance of diverse Americans who have come together in solidarity, we believed more strongly than ever that during this time of deep division, love is stronger than hate. Today, we must not only share the truth about past wrongs created by individual and systemic racism, but also celebrate the beauty of what it means to show up for one another and to see one’s self in each other.

 

 

Meet SCG's New Members

Armanino Foundation (San Ramon, CA)

Assist charitable organizations that create a positive impact on the lives of people in our communities

Arts Council for Long Beach (Long Beach, CA)

Foster creativity and culture, enliven communities and enable a thriving creative economy 

Golden State Opportunity Foundation (Los Angeles, CA)

Spread awareness of the Federal and California Earned Income Tax Credit (CAL EITC), as well as other public benefits, and promotes free tax preparation services 

Hope and Heal Fund (Washington, D.C.)

Harness the collective power of individuals, communities, government, and philanthropy in order to ensure homes and communities in California are safe and free from gun death, injury, and trauma

LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment (Los Angeles, CA)

To invest in and promote innovations that advance the lifelong health and well-being of LA County children, age 0-5 

Manufacturers Bank (Los Angeles, CA)

To support the communities they serve by working closely with non-profit organizations to help them achieve their purpose

WITH Foundation (Palo Alto, CA)

To promote the establishment of comprehensive healthcare for adults with developmental disabilities that is designed to address their unique and fundamental needs 

 


 

Member and Community News

Grantmakers Salary and Benefits Survey

Council on Foundations

Since 1980, the Council's Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Survey has provided the sector with the most comprehensive data on staff composition and compensation in the U.S. Survey participants receive a copy of the full and board compensation reports in October.

 

John W. Mack Movement Building Fellows Pilot Program

Application Deadline: June 17, 2019

The Weingart Foundation is excited to launch a pilot fellowship designed to strengthen the pipeline of next-generation social justice and racial equity leaders in Los Angeles County. 

 

Turning Thoughts and Prayers into Action: Religious Pluralism in the Era of Hate

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation launches an initiative to connect local and national funders whose work touches religious pluralism with a cross-section of local community leaders, content and experts.

 

White Nationalism: Count it, Condemn it, Confront it

Nathan Cummings Foundation

The Nathan Cummings Foundation speaks out against white nationalism and calls on the field of philanthropy to come together to #deactivatehate.

 

 


 

In Case You Missed It

April Public Policy Roundup - SCG's monthly newsletter featuring the latest on public policy issues and legislative spotlights.

April Corporate Brief - SCG's monthly newsletter on corporate social responsibility and corporate philanthropy news, events, and peer profiles.

Family Philanthropy Newsletter - SCG's quarterly newsletter highlighting original content created by family foundations, community news, and resources.

 

 

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SCG President's Message - April 2019

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Dear Colleagues:

On the heels of last month’s Foundations on the Hill event in Washington, DC and heading into next week’s sold-out SCG Public Policy Conference and next month’s Philanthropy in the State Capitol delegation, I am feeling very energized about our sector’s power to catalyze positive impact at scale through policy. In healthcare, education, homelessness and a multitude of other social issues, public policy affects so much of what we seek to achieve through our grantmaking—even if we’re not directly engaging in what’s often called “systems change.”

Personally, I saw this vividly at last month’s program presented by our Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation – Los Angeles (TRHT-LA) initiative. Together with many SCG members, we visited an extraordinary exhibit called Undesign the Redline where we learned firsthand about the connection between intentional and structural racism and the racially segregated housing policies of the 1930s that have led to many of today’s political and social issues. (See more below).

As we in philanthropy aspire to create change in the communities we serve, we have more to give than just financial resources. In March, more than 20 returning and new members joined our Philanthropy California delegation representing our statewide alliance with Northern California and San Diego Grantmakers at the annual Foundations on the Hill event in Washington DC, where they met with members of Congress to share philanthropy’s unique expertise and perspective. We are also working diligently with Philanthropy California and many other partners to fight for a fair and accurate count in the upcoming 2020 Census, including submitting our first-ever amicus curiae brief to the United States Supreme Court. You’ll find more detail below on how you can stay informed and get involved.

We look forward to learning from and connecting with over 350 of you at next Monday’s Public Policy Conference. Inspired by the theme “California: The Road Ahead,” we worked with your philanthropic peers to design a conference agenda and assemble a diverse group of experts and leaders to guide us through a day of interactive and thought-provoking conversations. The fact that the conference sells out and attendance levels set new records every year is evidence that public policy is now integral to the work of the philanthropic sector. 

 


#SCGPolicyCon19 is finally here next Monday. We look forward to connecting with peers and
gaining powerful ideas and insights to advance our work and lead meaningful change

 

Finally, whether you are a public policy novice or an experienced pro, we invite you to join us next month in Sacramento for our annual Philanthropy in the State Capitol event. From May 21-22, our members will meet with state policymakers to share our unique perspective on the issues we fund, educate legislators and the administration about philanthropy’s role in civil society, and build relationships with fellow policy-oriented funders and policymakers. (And for those of you who just can’t get enough, don’t forget to sign up for our Public Policy Roundup newsletter!)

Of course, even though these opportunities for policy impact are front-of-mind right now, there’s always more going on here at SCG in our topic-focused programs, professional development, and peer groups. Please read on for updates across the full scope of our work.

From all of us at SCG, thank you for your interest in Southern California philanthropy and your continued commitment to serving our communities.

Christine Essel
President and CEO
Southern California Grantmakers
@Christine_Essel

 

Philanthropy California Goes to Washington, DC for 2019 Foundations on the Hill

Last month, SCG members joined our Philanthropy California delegation in Washington, DC for the annual Foundations on the Hill gathering. Over the course of two jam-packed days, our delegation met with and educated over 30 lawmakers from both political parties on several topics of importance to our sector, including the 2020 Census, disaster resiliency, early childhood development, and issues related to veterans and people with disabilities.

   

At the 2019 Foundations on the Hill, Philanthropy California delegation met with the offices of (counterclockwise)
Representative Kevin McCarthy; Representative Adam Schiff; and Representative Alan Lowenthal, among others

 

These meetings are more than just ceremonial and yield tangible results. Last year, for instance, our delegation was part of the wave of education and advocacy that helped prevent attempts to repeal the Johnson Amendment as a part of an omnibus spending bill, and provided key insights that informed Committee oversight hearings on the 2020 Census.

 

Philanthropy California Takes Action on 2020 Census

This past Monday, April 1 was an important milestone: exactly one year left until the official start of the 2020 Census. SCG marked the date by joining with Philanthropy California in issuing this statement about the critical importance of the upcoming Census and what actions funders can take to help ensure a full and fair count.

That same day, Philanthropy California jointly led the submission of an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief that was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court opposing the citizenship question on the Census, which would undoubtedly discourage participation in the Census. Together with The Bauman Foundation and Funders' Committee for Civic Participation, Philanthropy California coordinated 30 private foundations, community foundations, and philanthropy serving organizations across the country as co-signers. I should note that it is highly unusual for philanthropy to file an amicus brief. We chose to do so because undercounting hurts philanthropy’s ability to have reliable data to drive our assessments, tailor solutions, make data-driven investments and identify outcomes and measure progress in achieving our goals, and ultimately, our mission.

The time for funders to act on the Census is growing short, and the stakes are high. We are working with so many of you to help ensure a fair and accurate count of all Californians because Census data also informs how more than $76 billion for federal programs is allocated and how political districts are drawn in the state. Going forward, Philanthropy California is convening funders interested in the Census in Oakland on April 9 to learn about state and funders’ investments to-date, on-the-ground outreach efforts, and how to get connected to this statewide movement. And on April 16, we at SCG will make the case about the importance of a fair Census count to our corporate members.

 

Learning from the Past in Our Undesign the Redline Program

On March 18, SCG and TRHT-LA, in partnership with Enterprise Community Partners and Designing the WE, hosted a private, docent-led tour and panel discussion of Undesign the Redline—a one-of-a-kind interactive exhibit exploring the history of race, class and U.S. housing policy, and how this legacy of inequity and exclusion continues to shape our communities.

The docents and panelists did a wonderful job of explaining redlining and engaging us in a spirited discussion about how to consider equity in our grantmaking strategies. For me, a central lesson from this program was that we must explicitly and directly address equity—specifically racial equity—if we want to effectively address political and social problems in our society. Otherwise we will perpetuate the very systems and structures that originally created these conditions and that continue today.

While the exhibit has moved on from Los Angeles, I encourage everyone to learn more about redlining by visiting the Undesign the Redline site or by reading The Color of Law, an excellent book by Richard Rothstein that several SCG staff members and I have read.

 

 

     

Undesign the Redline docents (L to R) Mary Lee, PolicyLink (former) and Braden Crooks, Designing the WE

 

(L to R): Mary Lee, PolicyLink (former); Beatriz Solís, The California Endowment; Fred Ali, Weingart Foundation; Jacqueline Waggoner, Enterprise Community Partners; Braden Crooks, Designing the WE

 

Welcome Debbie McKeon to the Philanthropy California Family

 Next week, Debbie McKeon will start her role as President and CEO of San Diego Grantmakers.

As Executive Vice President and COO of the Council of Michigan Foundations for over six years, Debbie brings a wealth of experience in public policy that will serve SDG and the Philanthropy California alliance well.

We at SCG and Philanthropy California are excited to welcome Debbie to California and look forward to working closely with her as she takes the helm of the excellent team at SDG.

 

 

Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation – Los Angeles Releases New Video About 2019 National Day of Racial Healing

In January, our TRHT-LA team observed the 2019 National Day of Racial Healing with a multi-day series of programs grounded in truth-telling, movement, dialogues, workshops and musical performances. Whether or not you were able to attend one of these events, I encourage you to check out this outstanding video chronicling the week’s events.

Check out this great new video about the 2019 National Day of Racial Healing from our TRHT-LA team.

 

SCG News

I am pleased to welcome a new staff member to the growing SCG team and recognize another staff member on a well-deserved accolade.

 Alexis Smart is the new Associate, Membership and Grants at SCG.  Alexis supports our membership team with grants, conference sponsorships, member renewals, and new member development and engagement. Welcome, Alexis!

 

 SCG’s Director, Public Policy and Government Relations Seyron Foo has been selected to participate in the American Express Leadership Academy Global Alumni Summit, which brings together 80 emerging social purpose leaders with representatives from the American Express Leadership Academy partners for continued professional development, relationship-building and collaboration. Congratulation, Seyron!

 

Program Roundup

At the recent LA Arts Funders Meeting at the Center Theatre Group (CTG) on March 14, we took a behind-the-scenes look at the CTG’s Block Party initiative, an investment in the LA County theater ecosystem through the sharing of audiences, ideas and resources.

On March 19, we hosted Dr. Lucy Bernholz from Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS) Digital Civil Society Lab at Digital Impact for Grantmakers, an action-oriented workshop uniquely designed for grantmakers to examine, build and improve their organizations’ digital data governance practices and policies. One of the key takeaways from Dr. Bernholz: “If an organization can’t protect data, it shouldn’t collect it!”

At the March 20 meeting of the Foundation Aging Network, we explored the Master Plan for Aging for California. SCG member The SCAN Foundation and the West Foundation have been working with gubernatorial candidates and now the new administration around this issue. 

Finally, on March 26, presenters from the Southern California Capacity Building Collaborative showed funders how they could help address the targeted capacity building needs of Southern California nonprofits by building a regional collaborative that will focus on nonprofit sustainability in an innovative new way.

 

Coming Up

We hope to see you at these upcoming events:

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SCG President's Message - March 2019

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Dear Colleagues:

The month of February was short but action-packed – in the world around us and at SCG. Just in the last few weeks, the President declared a national emergency along the US-Mexico border, the Supreme Court announced it will decide whether the Census will include a citizenship question, and over a dozen leaders have already declared their candidacy for the 2020 presidential race.

Meanwhile, here in the SCG community, we are taking action too. As you’ll read below, in February more than 400 people in the broader SCG network learned to see our implicit biases more clearly. Many of us, myself included, are preparing to join a Philanthropy California delegation of over 20 staff members and philanthropy leaders representing our statewide alliance with Northern California Grantmakers and San Diego Grantmakers at next week’s Foundations on the Hill trip to Washington, DC. We are planning to meet with more than 30 legislators and agencies to share philanthropy’s unique voice on the issues that matter most in our work. And the entire SCG team is working hard to bring you a robust Public Policy Conference on April 8th focusing on how our new Governor and new policymakers in Washington—and all of these constant news headlines—might affect your philanthropic agenda.
 
In fact, we recently announced the Public Policy Conference’s opening plenary session, “The Whole Child - From Cradle to Career: A Generational Opportunity to Lift California’s Most Impoverished Children and Families” – as well as other sessions on the California budget, homelessness, opportunity zones, justice reinvestment for young people and more.This conference will sell out, so please be sure to register now to join us for a day of candid conversations about our sector's role in strengthening our communities.

 

Join us at #SCGPolicyCon19 to connect with peers and gain powerful ideas and insights to advance your work and lead meaningful change

Please keep reading below or check out our website or social media accounts for ways to get involved in these and other SCG programs. And please know that we at SCG want to be of value to you in your important work – so please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or suggestions. We’re here for you!

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

Christine Essel
President and CEO
Southern California Grantmakers
@Christine_Essel

Hundreds Trained on the Importance of Addressing Implicit Bias in Our Work

Following last year’s Annual Conference, at which leading expert Dr. Bryant T. Marks, Sr. led a breakout session on implicit bias in philanthropy, we heard from many of you asking us to go deeper into the topic to help you in your work. In January and February, SCG and our Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation – Los Angeles (TRHT-LA) team took the next step in answering this call by hosting a series of deep-dive implicit bias trainings conducted by Dr. Marks for our partners in nonprofit, philanthropy and government, as well as with our own staff. Collectively, Dr. Marks trained over 400 people in our region about the importance of recognizing and addressing implicit bias in their work!

As Dr. Marks pointed out (see these resources from his training at our Annual Conference), we all have biases, but the impact of our biases on others depends on the roles we play in society. For our sector, implicit biases affect the priorities set and supported by funders and grantmaking organizations. (For more on this topic, see this op-ed in The NonProfit Times that I wrote back in December). Recognizing and reducing these biases that lurk in all of us at the personal and organizational level is a crucial step toward helping our sector do our work better.

I personally want to thank Dr. Marks and those who attended the workshops for taking the time to dig into what can be a difficult subject for many. I know that I gained tremendous insights from our staff time with Dr. Marks, and the response from so many of our members and partners to his trainings has been superb. So if you missed this round of trainings, stay tuned for future opportunities!

 

Panelists Seek to Strengthen the Safety Net at Title X Program

On February 21, we hosted a powerful and informative program entitled Weakening the Safety Net: A Close Look at Title X. As many of you know, Title X provides critical federal funding for family planning and women’s reproductive health. In California, the Title X program serves more than one million people; in SCG’s eight county service area, more than 450,000 people receive Title X services.

The timing of this program was not coincidental. SCG’s public policy team works with our member to track relevant rules and regulations, which led us to identify that the federal government was contemplating a major shift that would dramatically weaken the safety net that many of our funders are trying to create for families, especially for underserved communities and people of color. Make no mistake: this is an issue of equity.

And indeed, a mere day after the program, on February 22, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced a “gag rule” that would bar organizations that provide abortion referrals from receiving Title X funding, a step that could strip millions of dollars from California’s federally qualified health centers.

Panelists and SCG staff and Board members meet to talk about the threats to Title X funding in California

In response to the proposed rule, Essential Access Health—whose President and CEO, Julie Rabinovitz, was a panelist at our program—sued the Administration over the regulations and issued the following statement.

“The regulations posted … by the Trump administration represent some of the most extreme policy shifts in the history of the Title X family planning program. These changes counter clinical best practices and established medical ethics standards… If implemented, the regulations could devastate California’s Title X provider network and result in increased wait times and delays in patient access to time-sensitive care throughout the state.

Please be sure to visit our Title X program resources page, where you will find a map of Title X recipients in California, Essential Access Health’s Strategic Plan, and a knowledge capture from the program.

 

SCG News

Some of you have recently noticed that SCG is growing. As I’ve shared before, we are indeed reorganizing and expanding so we can deepen and strengthen our work and value in the ways that our members and partners are seeking. I am very excited to introduce you to several new members of the SCG team.

 

 

Monica Banks

Monica Banks is the new Associate, Professional Development/Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation - Los Angeles (TRHT-LA). She will provide administrative and clerical support to both the programs and TRHT team. 

Katy Pelissier

Katy Pelissier is the new Manager, Programs & Conferences. Katy will be responsible for developing and implementing programs and conferences at SCG, and supporting peer networking and collaboration.

 

Tegan Joseph Mosugu

Tegan Joseph Mosugu is the new Manager, Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation – Los Angeles. Tegan will assist with the development and implementation of TRHT-LA programs and events and will serve as the primary contact of all programmatic, logistical and administrative aspects of TRHT-LA.

 Anna Song

Anna Song is the new Assistant, Public Policy and Government Relations. In this role, Anna will support the SCG Public Policy and Government Relations team with research, advocacy and government relations projects.

 

Program Roundup

At the program entitled A New Governor, Legislature and Congress: Implications for Southern California’s Environment on February 22, we discussed how existing and new policies under the leadership of California’s new governor, Gavin Newsom, will impact climate change, water related issues, public lands and ecosystem protection and air quality.

Panelists and attendees have a spirited discussion about California’s environment under Governor Newsom

As a part of our Not-for-Profit Education Series, we presented a Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Update on February 25. At this meeting, Rick Cole, Supervising Project Manager for the FASB, provided key insights into relevant and current topics for not-for-profits, including an overview of the new standards’ key elements, a deeper dive into the upcoming standards on revenue recognition, not-for-profit grants, contracts and financial reporting accounting standards; the standards’ implementation issues; and practical examples for implementation of the new standards

On February 28, we presented with the generous support of the David Bohnett Foundation an LGBTQ Professionals Network Reception with Immigration Equality Executive Director Aaron Morris. A few days prior to the event, Immigration Equality scored a legal victory for its clients when a federal judge ruled that the child of a same-sex bi-national couple was a citizen since birth, rejecting the position taken by the U.S. Department of State that disenfranchised the child.

Left to right: Dave Sheldon, SCG; Mitch Singer, Singer Philanthropy; Aaron Morris, Immigration Equality; Paul Moore, David Bohnett Foundation; Kameron Green, SCG; Seyron Foo, SCG

 

Coming Up

We hope to see you at these upcoming events:

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SCG President's Message - February 2019

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Dear Colleagues:

With January already behind us and February now bringing us into Black History Month and the Lunar New Year, I'm hoping that your 2019 is off to a good start. From where I sit, it’s already clear that this will not be a time for business-as-usual for our sector, or indeed for anyone. Here at SCG, in the past month alone, our Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation – Los Angeles team hosted a week of events centered around the 2019 National Day of Racial Healing. We also announced that through our Philanthropy California alliance, we are collaborating with the Women’s Foundation of California to take on gender-based discrimination and violence. And we began a training series on Implicit Bias for our partners in nonprofit, government, and philanthropy—including a full-day retreat for our own SCG staff. I’m grateful to so many of you for joining us at these events, and in this work. Together, we are part of a national movement in philanthropy for racial justice and equity, as you can see in this video from our friends at the United Philanthropy Forum.

I’m also thrilled to tell you that SCG is investing in our ability to support your work. We are adding several new staff, whom you’ll meet in the article below. This brings our team to 21 full-time employees, so we can do even more to bring you exceptional programs and events, a compelling voice on public policy, impactful cross-sector collaborations, and valuable communications products.

Our SCG team is here to help you make the most of your membership this year to propel your own work and amplify your impact. Please reach out if you’d like to brainstorm how you or your team can get involved (remember, SCG membership is organizational!). I hope you’ll come learn the latest at our programs and conferences; share your expertise and your questions in a peer group; take action on a policy initiative to scale change on your issues; or forward an SCG email or tag a friend on one of our social media posts to share news and resources. That’s the power of the SCG community: when you add your leadership to the mix, you multiply your impact. Your participation makes everyone’s work better, stronger, and more effective.

As always, keep reading below for upcoming opportunities and to catch up on recent developments. Last but not least, I want to wish you a peaceful and productive 2019. Let’s do this… together!

Warmly,
Christine Essel
President & CEO, Southern California Grantmakers

PS – Here are a few important save-the-dates for this year:

 

Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation – Los Angeles Marks 2019 National Day of Racial Healing with a Series of Events

Following the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, which my Northern California Grantmakers counterpart Ellen LaPointe and her organization commemorated with some very moving articles, and leading into Black History Month, we observed the 2019 National Day of Racial Healing. This day is a call for intergenerational healing, a celebration of our common humanity and a commitment to action to create a more just and equitable world.

Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation – Los Angeles (TRHT-LA), which is coordinated by SCG, marked the event with the theme Hand in Hand and a multi-day series of programs grounded in truth-telling, movement, dialogues, workshops, and musical performances. Some of the highlights included:

  • A Liberation through Capoeira workshop that explored the Afro-Brazilian cultural practice developed by enslaved Africans in Brazil as a tool for liberation, self-determination, expression and survival;
  • A Blanket Exercise that took participants through an interactive process to learn about the oppression and colonization of Native peoples and lands;
  • A powerful concert by Los Angeles artist Georgia Anne Muldrow whose revolutionary sound provided inspiration and restoration through music;
  • A workshop about plant interventions that helped participants revisit their relationships with plants, plant medicine and ancestral healing practices;
  • Multiple racial healing dialogues throughout Southern California that encouraged participants to talk about race and racism; and
  • A livestream experience curated by award-winning director Ava Duvernay

 


A few of many treasured moments from the National Day of Racial Healing events put on by TRHT-LA
 

I was personally inspired both by the breadth of programs that our team put on and by their ability to catalyze social change through cultural and healing arts. While our region—and our whole country—still have a long way to go to confront our dark history and current reality of racial segregation and hierarchy, being in community at TRHT-LA events allows us to be at the heart of racial healing.

 

Join us for the 2019 Public Policy Conference and Foundations on the Hill!

SCG has two outstanding opportunities where you can learn, connect and take action to advance your work through public policy.

From March 11-13, join our Philanthropy California delegation for the 2019 Foundations on the Hill (FOTH), a two-day event that brings together hundreds of foundation leaders from across the country to Washington, DC to meet with members of Congress and other policymakers to discuss issues of critical importance to philanthropy. FOTH is our opportunity to share the work of philanthropy so that policymakers can take the best practices developed from your grantmaking and scale it up to improve the lives of millions who call our country home. With new Members of Congress joining the California delegation, it is especially important that we build strong relationships with our policymakers that can have profound impact on grantmaking and issues we care about.

 

   
Join us in Washington DC in March to lift up philanthropy’s voice with key policymakers

 

I am also pleased to announce that registration is now open for SCG’s 2019 Public Policy Conference, which will take place on April 8. This conference is the preeminent convening in our region that brings together hundreds of your peers from the philanthropic and civic sectors to take an in-depth look at the latest policy analysis and research and to prepare for and address key issues affecting our work. Presented in partnership with the California Budget & Policy Center, this year's conference will hone in on the changing public policy landscape in an environment led by a new Governor and the wave of other new policymakers in Sacramento and Washington.

 

 
Join us at #SCGPolicyCon19 to connect with peers and gain powerful ideas and insights to advance your work and lead meaningful change

 

Many thanks to Bank of America as our Presenting Sponsor, and to all of our sponsors. Please contact Amanda Byrd for info on sponsorship opportunities.

 

Welcome New Members

Below are SCG’s newest members from the last quarter. Please click on their links to learn more about them in our Member Directory.

I want to welcome our new members and thank all of our members for their continued support, leadership and willingness to collaborate. I encourage new and long-standing members alike to reach out and connect with one another—via one or more of our peer groups or otherwise—to see how best to work together and deepen our impact. 

 

 

SCG News

SCG is growing to meet the needs of our members and the work ahead for our sector. I am so excited to welcome several new members to our already outstanding staff.

 Jacqueline Carrillo

Jacqueline Carrillo is the new Coordinator, Programs and Conferences. Jacqueline supports the Programs and Conferences team by developing and implementing high quality programs and conferences. She is also responsible for providing infrastructure and logistical coordination.

 Crystal Hand

Crystal Hand is the new Associate, Statewide Technology at SCG. Crystal will support the development, implementation and management of online technology for SCG and Philanthropy California.

 Jan Kern

Jan Kern, our long time consultant and former SCG employee, re-joined our staff in December as Senior Philanthropy Advisor. Jan will be working with our Family Philanthropy members, facilitating our Health Funders Group meetings and supporting other collaborations and projects.

Jessica LeTarte

Jessica LeTarte is the new Coordinator, Collaboration and Community Building. Jessica will bring a wealth of experience in focusing on the inner workings of an office, including procedures and processes, interpersonal communications and conference planning, as well as a deep commitment to teambuilding, racial equity and organizational culture.

 

Program Roundup

At our first LA Arts Funders Meeting held this year on January 10, we dove into a new set of thematic case studies on distributed leadership commissioned by the Hewlett Foundation Performing Arts Program that explore how some organizations are addressing an era of rapid generational, technological, economic and demographic change by evolving their leadership practices to involve staff at all levels.

On January 11 and 14, we hosted our nonprofit partners in two separate workshops about Addressing Implicit Bias in Nonprofit Organizations. Dr. Bryant T. Marks, Sr., a national expert on implicit bias, engaged attendees in a deep-dive workshop into how implicit bias shows up in ourselves and in nonprofit organizations, and how they can change their personal and organizational behaviors and practices. In addition to these workshops for nonprofit organizations, SCG is offering additional workshops this month for funders and our partners in government.

On January 16, a panel of experts joined us for the program What Will our Next Governor Do for California’s Young Children and their Families? A large group of over 70 members were excited to hear how Governor Gavin Newsom would deliver on campaign promises to expand high-quality early education programs, establish universal preschool and improve child care programs for the youngest children given California’s strong economy and budget surplus.

SCG President's 2018 End of Year Message: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Monday, December 10, 2018

Dear Colleagues,

This past year has been extraordinary—and extraordinarily difficult. There is so much going on in our region, country and around the world that I hardly know where to begin. The mass murder in Thousand Oaks and too many others around the nation. The state’s worst wildfires in Southern and Northern California. A humanitarian crisis at the border, racism and racial inequity, sexual harassment and assault. On a more positive note, the midterm elections in November, with their massive voter turnout and influx of newly elected women and people of color, has revealed vividly how our polarized country is beginning to work through these major political, social, and cultural issues.
 
And just when the pace of current events shows no signs of slowing down, this past year saw our organization and our members soar to new highs in our work—at precisely the time when our efforts were most needed. In 2018, we collectively took on incredibly thorny topics including immigration, healthcare, homelessness, education and the environment, among many others. SCG aspires to be the place where funders come together to make sense of these and other crucial issues of our day, look for short- and long-term solutions and co-create the future. Please know that as these disasters and crises become “the new abnormal,” we at SCG and our Philanthropy California alliance are doing everything we can to support our members and funders to address and respond to them.
 
As we move into 2019, I hope you’ll join me looking back at our work to assess the impact of what we accomplished together – and at our roadmap for how the SCG community can continue our efforts to live up to the challenges and opportunities of this moment. Please take a moment to check out highlights of our lessons learned and future plans, which I’m sharing via our website using the three-track framework that we developed at our 2018 Annual Conference:

 

Engaging in Effective Collaboration
& Partnerships

Advancing Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Developing Professional Skills

During the past few years of my tenure at SCG—and in the last year in particular—we have grown so much together, in our scope and impact and courage. Looking ahead to 2019 and beyond, we’re reorganizing and expanding so we can deepen and strengthen our work and value in the ways that our members and partners are seeking:

  • Providing issue-based programming utilizing an intersectional approach
  • Designing professional development programming that helps funders take bold action for equitable outcomes
  • Pursuing robust, nimble action on our policy positions
  • Convening and facilitating collaborations and partnerships
  • Investing in our own sustainability and capacity to lead as an organization with equity at the center of our work

Over the next few months, we are adding new people across the organization, which gives us the capacity to elevate many of our excellent current staff, as you can see from their new titles.

We are very excited about this next step of our evolution; and we hope you are, too.

As we close out this year and look ahead to next year, I want to acknowledge and thank SCG’s incredible staff, board and especially our members. I am humbled and honored to lead an organization that collaborates to tackle the issues that matter most. I’m looking forward to continuing our work together in 2019.


Season's Greetings from SCG

In the meantime, the SCG team and I wish you a happy holiday season and a peaceful New Year.

Christine Essel
President and CEO
Southern California Grantmakers

 


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Engaging in Effective Collaboration & Partnerships

Lifting Philanthropy's Voice

2020 Census

Center for Strategic Partnerships

Advancing Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

SCG 2018 Annual Conference: Our Common Humanity

Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation - Los Angeles

Developing Professional Skills

Peer Group Learning and Collaboration

Full Cost Project


Engaging in Effective Collaboration & Partnerships

 

Lifting Philanthropy’s Voice

     

Philanthropy California stood strong on issues such as family separations and public charge

 

Philanthropy California delegation on the State Assembly Floor for Philanthropy in Sacramento Day

 

WHAT:

  • SCG and Philanthropy California, our alliance with Northern California and San Diego California Grantmakers representing more than 600 members, led multiple efforts that leveraged philanthropy's voice at the local, state and federal levels
  • In June, Philanthropy California members became part of a wave of civic outrage about the Administration’s misguided “zero tolerance” policy on the U.S.-Mexico border
  • In November, we took “support” positions on Propositions 1 (affordable housing bond) and 2 (mental health housing bond) in the midterm election
  • Over the past few months, we have co-lead a #ProtectFamilies campaign, which includes, among other things, organizing and joining over 25 other signers on a full-page ad opposing new public charge regulations

IMPACT:

  • Our work helped win victories on the Administration’s family separation policy and the two November ballot measures above
  • More funders are raising their voices and driving the change they want to see by funding these important issues; and even more are telling us that they are starting to move in that direction.

WHAT’S NEXT:

SEE ALSO:

2020 Census

Philanthropy California delegation meets with Senator Dianne Feinstein to discuss 2020 Census

 

WHAT:

  • As highlighted by our 2018 Public Policy Conference, we convened a number of regional and statewide meetings throughout the year geared toward educating our members and others about the crucial importance of adequately funding a fair and accurate 2020 Census in which everyone counts
  • SCG and Philanthropy California are members of the Census 2020 Statewide Funders Initiative, which is charged with tackling Census issues in the state
  • In March, we met with members of Congress and other federal agencies to raise concerns about placing a question related to citizenship on the Census, which would plummet participation and starve California of its fair share of federal resources. We also encouraged our members to submit public comment to the US Department of Commerce on the citizenship question.
  • In May, our Philanthropy California delegation sat down with leaders in Sacramento to discussed the need for full funding for Census efforts in the state

IMPACT:

  • As a result of our delegation’s timely discussions with key policymakers, we successfully helped to secure $90 million in the California budget, more than doubling the governor’s proposed funding for the Census
  • Over 30 funders signed on to our public comment opposing the citizenship question on the Census
  • Our members are gaining a wider understanding of how the Census will affect everything they care about

WHAT’S NEXT:

  • We are planning many more meetings about the Census, including three statewide convenings in partnership with The California Endowment, and a meeting specifically for our corporate members
  • We will also continue our advocacy efforts to ensure a fair and accurate count

SEE ALSO:

Center for Strategic Partnerships

(L to R) Mary Lou Fulton, The California Endowment; Chris Essel, Southern California Grantmakers; HIlda S. Solis, Los Angeles County Supervisor; Aileen Adams, The Weingart Foundation; Jennifer Price-Letscher, Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, after the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to establish the Center for Strategic Partnerships within the County

 

WHAT:

  • Launched in 2016 as an initiative of SCG and Los Angeles County in which SCG continues to provide counsel and fiscal agent support, the newly-renamed Center for Strategic Partnerships is a nationally-recognized collaboration between government and philanthropy that has effectively brought together stakeholders to align strategies and efforts to tackle some of the most pressing problems experienced by families in the County. Since its launch, the Center has helped its partners co-invest more than $4.5 million to transform the County’s system serving vulnerable youth and families
  • In September, the County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a motion permanently establishing the Center within the County, moving it to the Chief Executive’s Office and expanding its scope

IMPACT:

  • The Board’s decision to make the Center permanent positions it for much broader impact on issues beyond child welfare
  • This model of collaboration between philanthropy and government has demonstrated the power of thoughtful, deliberate and focused efforts to empower the most vulnerable in our communities

WHAT’S NEXT:

  • Early next year, the Center will complete a Strategic Planning process, setting forth a new shared agenda, metrics for success and mechanisms for stakeholder input

Advancing Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

SCG 2018 Annual Conference: Our Common Humanity

 


Artist Daniel Beaty on how philanthropy can use a trauma-informed lens to support real healing in communities: “Achievement does not equal wellness”

 

Professor john a. powell: “Othering is the problem of the 21st century… in the United States, the primary form of othering is racism.”

 

WHAT:

  • SCG’s programming over the past several years has increasingly focused on how systemic racial, gender and other inequities create and perpetuate the issues that philanthropy hopes to solve
  • In September, this focus culminated in bringing 650 philanthropy and community leaders together in downtown Los Angeles for our 2018 Annual Conference centered around Our Common Humanity, where we looked at what gives us hope, powers our work, and binds us all together

IMPACT:

  • Over 85% of respondents “agree or strongly agree” that the conference’s candid peer conversations and learning from leaders and experts provided them with new information and perspective
     

    Word cloud of how attendees described this year's conference

WHAT’S NEXT:

  • SCG is planning more and deeper programming on equity and inclusion, including multiple implicit bias trainings for our staff and members
  • SCG staff and Board will continue our internal efforts to strengthen our ability to hold this crucial and challenging work

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Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation – Los Angeles

Los Angeles Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman at TRHT event celebrating the inspiring life of Biddy Mason on her 200th birthday. Biddy Mason was a former slave who became a wealthy landowner, a noted philanthropist and a key founder of the first African American Church in Los Angeles.

 

WHAT:

  • Funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation - LA initiative is a partnership of philanthropy, nonprofits, government, business and other community partners coordinated by SCG
  • TRHT-LA convened partners in an ongoing process to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change that addresses the historic and contemporary effects of racism in the LA area
  • With California Conference for Equality and Justice, TRHT-LA launched its first Racial Equity and Healing Justice (REHJ) Facilitator Training, a four-month program to prepare community members to facilitate challenging yet necessary conversations on race and racism in Southern California. The first cohort of REHJ Facilitators-In-Training is comprised of advocates from the Greater Los Angeles area to San Diego and includes folks of different racial, ethnic and gender identities as well as sexual orientations, ages, careers and more.
  • TRHT-LA also organized several events and trainings throughout the year

IMPACT:

  • With our partners, TRHT-LA has begun the long-term work to use the power of truth to shine light on examples of Los Angeles’s troubled racial past and present
  • In November, REHJ Facilitators-In-Training began their journey in San Juan Capistrano for a Retreat, community building and engaging in challenging dialogues around racism and other forms of oppression.
  • This training cohort is being lifted up as a national model from which 13 other TRHT regions can learn

WHAT’S NEXT:

  • TRHT-LA and our partners are planning a full week of events commemorating National Day of Racial Healing beginning on January 22, 2019
  • Over the next few months, REHJ Facilitator-In-Training will continue to participate in additional modules to learn about restorative justice, racial dialogue, and facilitation practice. As part of their training, Facilitators-In-Training will plan and hold healing circles for various communities on the topic of racial equity, creating space for community members to dialogue about their experiences and share their stories.
  • Additional events and trainings throughout the year

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Developing Professional Skills

Peer Group Learning and Collaboration

 
2018 Fundamentals of Effective Grantmaking program

 

Corporate Leadership Council Chairs Mary-Elizabeth Michaels, Warner Bros. Entertainment,
and Raul Bustillos, Bank of America, speak at the 2018 Corporate Summer Reception

 

WHAT:

IMPACT:

  • Our members come away from our training programs better-informed, better-connected with their peers and readier to take coordinated collective action
  • Supporting professionals in infrastructure roles benefits all organizations—regardless of funding area—and the sector as a whole
  • Among other things, our peer groups help members take a holistic, intersectional approach to examining and addressing inequity in their work

WHAT’S NEXT:

  • In addition to our flagship professional development programs, we will continue to serve as a hub of leadership and innovation and provide cutting-edge programming aimed at improving the work of the individual, organization and sector

SEE ALSO:

Full Cost Project

 

WHAT:

  • Together with Philanthropy California and the Nonprofit Finance Fund, we embarked on Phase 2 of the Full Cost Project, which supports a funding model that honestly assesses the full cost for organizations to deliver on their missions and to be sustainable over time
  • We brought together education, advocacy and skill-building with the goal to increase the number of funders that provide full cost funding and to build the skills and capacity of all those engaged in grantmaking

IMPACT:

  • Through our Full Cost Project events throughout the year, we helped bring important grantmaking best practices into the mainstream for funders and the nonprofits that provide essential services to communities across the country
  • By exploring power imbalances between nonprofits and funders, the trainings helped participants recognize the challenges nonprofits face. Participants gained practical skills and knowledge to apply full cost concepts. The Full Cost Project supported positive shifts between funder and grantee interactions but power imbalances still restrict transparent conversations. Several funders are revisiting how to apply a full cost approach to their grant practices

WHAT’S NEXT:

  • The Full Cost Project will enter Phase 3, which we envision will include toolkits and deeper dives (including online opportunities) into the full cost approach and implementation. These offerings will serve funders, nonprofits and the sector as a whole well into the future

 

 

2018-19 California County Scorecard of Children’s Well-Being

Release Date: 
11/19/2018

2018-19 California County Scorecard of Children’s Well-Being

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Statement Regarding Mass Murder in Thousand Oaks

Thursday, November 8, 2018

I can hardly believe that today brings news of another tragic mass murder by a gunman—this one in Thousand Oaks, California. My heart breaks with sadness, anger and frustration that we must face this together yet again, so soon after the horrific murders in Pittsburgh two weeks ago.

This incident hits too close to home, as it is unfolding in SCG’s geographic region, where so many of our friends and colleagues live and work. What should have been an evening of young people enjoying themselves has turned into another act of violence.

As if it bears repeating: this is madness. We keep saying that this cannot become the “new normal,” and yet, somehow it has become just that.

Newtown. San Bernardino. Orlando. Las Vegas. Parkland. Pittsburgh. Thousand Oaks.

And this is not even counting the thousands of gun-related acts of violence that shake our country every year.

There are days when we feel helpless against an ardent few who won’t even entertain the notion of common sense gun laws.

Today we mourn the loss of life in Thousand Oaks and across the country wrought by gun violence. Yet, as philanthropists and human beings, we must resolve to do better.

We at SCG are committed to providing resources for funders and connecting with members and partners close to the tragedy and those who are working against this nation’s epidemic of gun violence, so we can lift up ways for all of us to take action over the short and long term.

Sincerely,

Christine Essel
President and CEO
Southern California Grantmakers

 

Resources

 

We encourage all of our members and other funders to share with us any resources or recommendations for dealing with tragedies and disasters of this sort. 

 

 

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SCG President's Message - November 2018

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to you for the second time this week, following my statement about the need and opportunity for unity in the face of so many horrific attacks on the fabric of our civil society (I also encourage you to read this post by Judy Belk, President and CEO of The California Wellness Foundation). My heart is still heavy, as I’m sure yours is too. And in this moment for reflection and action, I want to share a few recent moments in which our sector has inspired me with hope for the future. We have so much to do as philanthropists, and as individuals―especially if we have the privilege of voting next Tuesday, November 6. As you head to the polls next week (or fill out your ballot over the weekend), I want to share with you that SCG’s Public Policy Committee has voted to support Proposition 1 (Affordable Housing) and Proposition 2 (No Place Like Home), encouraging a “yes” vote. We join our members involved in in the passage of these two critical measures that would amplify our collective efforts on tackling affordable housing and homelessness. ​​​​​These examples do not solve the challenges before us, but they do move us forward. 

With this in mind, let me lift up these examples of the great work that our members are doing across the region and beyond:

  • On October 18, the LA84 Foundation held its 2018 Summit. This year’s theme was “Athlete Activism + Social Justice: Taking Action for Our Youth.” In keynotes, panel discussions and power talks, speakers from across the country discussed topics such as the impact athlete activists can have, physical education as a social justice issue, how to ensure sports are safe for kids and much more.
  • On October 19, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation presented SHOFCO, a grassroots movement based in Nairobi, Kenya that catalyzes large-scale transformation in urban slums, with its 2018 Humanitarian Prize. 


Photo credit: Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

 

  • On October 22, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Annenberg Foundation and over 80 Los Angeles venture capitalists and tech leaders launched PledgeLA, a first-of-its-kind partnership to promote civic engagement, diversity and inclusion across L.A.’s booming and dynamic tech sector. PledgeLA signatories are making a commitment to track civic participation and diversity data each year and make that data publicly available, as well as expand their engagement with local nonprofits that support diverse talent and reflect the civic spirit of Los Angeles.

 

  • On October 25, our member Santa Barbara Foundation celebrated 90 years of philanthropy by unveiling its new strategic priorities in support of Santa Barbara County.
     
  • On October 31, The Eisner Foundation announced the winner of its Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence: Marc Freedman and Encore.org. The prize is designed to recognize excellence by an individual or nonprofit organization uniting multiple generations, especially seniors and youth, to bring about positive and lasting change in their community.
     
  • Last but not least, a big congratulations to our member, The Dodgers Foundation, and to the Dodgers team who made it to the World Series for the second year in a row. Although the team fell short in their quest for October glory, the team played valiantly and provided much-needed civic pride and diversion for the region.

 

This is just a small sampling of the incredible work our members are doing across the region and beyond. If you have news that you want to share with the SCG community, please do not hesitate to contact us.

One other quick note: this month, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) announced that its President and CEO Kathleen Enright will leave GEO at the end of this year to assume the position of President and CEO of the Council on Foundations (COF). Having co-chaired and worked closely with Kathleen on the United Philanthropy Forum’s Vision Design Group a few years ago, I can vouch for her brilliance, strong leadership and tremendous ability to collaborate with others. I want to congratulate Kathleen on her new role. I am very excited for her and for the new directions in which both GEO and COF will be going.

As always, thank you for your interest in Southern California philanthropy and the dynamic work being done across our communities.

Christine Essel
President and CEO
Southern California Grantmakers

 

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2018 Fundamentals Program Trains 70 New Grantmakers

Welcome, New SCG Members!

Program Roundup

Coming Up

 

2018 Fundamentals Program Trains 70 New Grantmakers

 

At SCG, we believe strongly in supporting a highly-skilled, well-informed and deeply networked philanthropic community. Since the 1980’s, SCG has organized our signature program, Fundamentals of Effective Grantmaking, as a way to welcome new colleagues to the world of philanthropy and to provide seasoned professionals with a chance to hone their core grantmaking skills.

This year, over the course of four days, 70 grantmakers took part in interactive full day sessions and learned about various skills from assessing grant proposals and managing relationships with grantees to understanding financial statements and practicing ethics in grantmaking. The workshops also provided excellent opportunities for participants to expand their personal networks.

 

 

In addition to the three-day workshop, participants enjoyed a site visit opportunity to observe how Fundamentals lessons operate in the workplace. This year's site visit hosts were the Annenberg Foundation, the Weingart Foundation, the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles, W.M. Keck Foundation and Capital Group.

A huge thanks to all the peer leaders who taught at Fundamentals and to our site visit hosts this year. And a warm congratulations to the 70 members of our grantmaking community who completed the program.

 

Welcome, New SCG Members!

 

I would like to take the opportunity to welcome the following new SCG members who joined in the past quarter:

 

Our geographic reach spans eight counties in Southern California: Los Angeles, Kern, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. Our membership includes all types of foundations, corporate grantmakers, family philanthropy and government funders, as well as consultants to philanthropy.

To get the most value out of your SCG membership, be sure to check out our member benefits and visit our members-only online directory to find and reach out to your SCG colleagues! We’re also happy to help you connect member-to-member.

 

Program Roundup

 

  • On October 10, SCG’s Education Funders Group presented Career and Technical Education 101 – The Landscape, Promising Practices, Opportunities for Philanthropy. At this program, we looked at the growing pool of living wage, middle skills jobs in fields like health care, advanced manufacturing and energy; explored the shortage of qualified workers to fill these jobs; discussed the image problem for Career and Technical Education; and talked about the renaissance in career and technical education in California as promising pathway that can equip people of all ages to pursue rewarding careers and greater economic mobility.

 

  • On October 16, SCG co-partnered with The Chronicle of Social Change and other organizations for Who Cares - Foster Parent Recruitment and Engaging Faith Communities, an event centered on the role the faith-based community can play in providing homes and support for the county’s foster children. At the program, a panel of experts explored findings from a recent report, Who Cares: A National Count of Foster Homes and Families; drilled down on the state of foster parent recruitment and retention in L.A.; and highlighted local efforts to get the faith community more involved in foster care.
     
  • On October 24, SCG and the LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment presented The Crisis of Black Infant Mortality in Los Angeles. Los Angeles County is seeking to reduce the infant mortality gap between black and white babies by 30 percent over the next five years, which has been growing for the past 20 years due to a complicated mix of social, environmental and health factors, including black mothers’ chronic stress resulting from repeated experiences of racism.
     
  • On October 29, SCG, along with the Bipartisan Policy Center and our Philanthropy California partners, hosted the first in a series of three regional “Policy Salons” on Informing the National Perspective on Immigration Reform. At this salon, participants learned about how the issue of immigration is being framed at the national level; shared experiences with immigration issues at the local and regional level; gained an understanding of how California grantmakers and funders are thinking about the short- and longer-term strategies for moving immigrant rights and integration forward; and discussed how to partner to learn more about California’s attitudes toward immigrants and immigration, and develop strategies to help California be more of a leader in the national debate.

 

Coming Up

 

We hope to see you at these upcoming events:

NOV
7

Public-Private Partnerships in Tackling Poverty: A Funders’ Briefing on CalSavers, A Cross-Generational Approach

The CalSavers Program is a cross-generational approach to address poverty in California, giving almost 7 million private sector workers an opportunity to participate in a workplace retirement savings program. Join us for a discussion on where philanthropy is addressing systems change to address poverty, how partnerships will be crucial for the success of CalSavers and how funders and grantees are working together to advance this anti-poverty strategy. Read More

NOV
7

Thriving Amid Adversity in the Eastern Coachella Valley

Building on a KCET series examining Eastern Coachella Valley, produced in partnership with The California Endowment, this program will showcase activism and innovation led by local residents, organizations and elected officials who are working together to improve the quality of life and health in this region. Read More

NOV
8

SCG Health Funders Group Peer-to-Peer Meeting

This is the first meeting of our new Health Funders Peer Group. As the importance of health in our community has only continued to grow, we will use this meeting to maximize connections and facilitate collaboration. This session will provide a forum for updates on critical issues, highlights of promising programs and opportunities for collective impact. Read More

NOV
13

California Policy Forum - Advancing Equity: Saying NO to the Status Quo

A new generation of California leaders are doing things their way—and, let’s say, they’re not afraid to make waves. Join us for an open, candid discussion with three of California’s rising young changemakers as they take a deep dive on what it means to advance equity now. Read More

NOV
28

Disability, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: A Cross-Sectoral Approach

Join us for a panel discussion with leaders and allies of people and communities with disabilities to explore how we can create a Los Angeles-area and beyond that will provide access and opportunity for all regardless of ability. We welcome nonprofits, funders and community advocates in framing how we strengthen our communities for people with disabilities in our region for a more equitable society. Read More

NOV
29

Public-Private Partnerships: Change Making in LA

Join Kate Anderson, Executive Director of the Center for Strategic Partnerships (CSP), in a moderated conversation with experts to discuss questions such as: what’s ahead for the CSP?; what is the strategic value of public-private collaboration in solving LA’s social issues?; can foundations lead the way in social change as a movement?; and what are the CSP’s successes to date? Read More

DEC
4

Traditions of Giving

Organized by SCG’s Family Philanthropy Advisory Council, Traditions of Giving is back by popular demand! With the holiday season fast approaching, what better time to take a step back and reflect with friends and colleagues the inspirational stories of giving. Read More

 

DEC
6

The L.A. Model: A Tour of Campus Kilpatrick

Join us to discuss effective, trauma-informed youth rehabilitation. The agenda will include a presentations about LA's ground-breaking youth diversion initiative; innovative C-3 and C-4 coalitions striving to stop jail expansion and reform LA County's charter; and other timely issues. Please RSVP by November 9th in order to attendRead More

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Statement on the Events of the Past Week

Monday, October 29, 2018

Over the past week, we have witnessed a series of tragedies across the country that have become disturbingly too common. These events include the massacre of 11 Jewish people in Pittsburgh in a house of worship; the slaying of two black customers at a grocery store in Kentucky; the delivery of pipe bombs to critics of President Donald Trump; a proposed plan by the current Administration to erase transgender people by redefining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined at birth; and the demonization of a “caravan” of refugee families from Central America on their way to legally seek asylum at our border.

We are appalled by and condemn in the strongest terms the violence and intolerance of the past week. In the face of such deeply disturbing intolerance, SCG stands against this hatred, embraces diversity and is actively working toward more just, equitable communities.

One thing that all of these events have in common is that they are part of a broader effort to sow division between Americans by “othering” certain groups, whether those groups are determined on the basis of race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation or citizenship status.

Such divisive tactics will ultimately have the opposite effect. In this moment, just as we did last month at our 2018 Annual Conference, we can recognize Our Common Humanity and how it brings us together in unity. To demonstrate the point: 48 hours after the shooting in Pittsburgh, a Muslim-led crowdfunding campaign that endeavors to “respond to evil with good” has already raised over $125,000 to help support the short-term needs of victims and their families.

These words about responding to evil with good both comfort and empower us to work toward a better future where “othering,” intolerance and division are remnants of the past. Thank you for all the work that you do to help us realize that vision.

Sincerely,
Chris Essel
President and CEO
Southern California Grantmakers
 

Please visit our partners for ways you can help on these issues:

Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania

Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles

Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees

Funders for LGBTQ Issues

 

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10/05/2018

On Wednesday, Septmeber 12, NALEO presented a webinar on effective Census message testing for English and Spanish speaking Latinos. The link to the recorded webinar and slides are below: 

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SCG President's Message - October 2018

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Dear Colleagues,

While writing to you, I’m taking a moment to pause in the midst of the relentless news cycle we have been experiencing for some time now. The last couple of weeks—including last week’s painful Senate hearing on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court—have been particularly challenging for many of us. At times like these, we have an opportunity to reflect on and re-ground ourselves in the work we find meaningful. For most of us, it’s because we care deeply about the world around us and want to make a positive impact. I know that my aspiration in this time is to see the truth of others’ lived experiences more clearly every day, so I and the team at SCG can do our part to help lead our philanthropic community forward toward real solutions.

This is why SCG’s Annual Conference last month focused on Our Common Humanity, which emphasized the intersection of racial and gender justice as well as other forms of bias and discrimination that hold people back from their true potential. (See my takeaways from the Conference below).

It’s why SCG dedicated a session at the conference to “Incorporating a Gender Justice Lens in Grantmaking,” and just last week, co-sponsored with the Akonadi Foundation, Novo Foundation and Rosenberg Foundation a convening for funders called #MeToo + Philanthropy: 1 Year Later: What's Changed/What's Possible, where experts discussed how philanthropy can rise to meet this historic moment of opportunity to create lasting change. On a related note, our colleagues at San Diego Grantmakers also recently convened a Summit on Advancing Gender Equity.

SCG is working to support you to engage as fully as possible in the upcoming pivotal midterm election. (If you have not yet registered to vote for next month’s election, the deadline to do so in California is October 22.) We at SCG encourage you to learn as much as possible about the candidates and measures up and down the ballot. To that end, we recently held a Public Policy Forum with Marshall Tuck, a candidate for State Superintendent of Public Instruction (to which we also invited the other candidate, Tony Thurmond); and we are also co-sponsoring a program on the upcoming ballot measures on October 10.

And last but not least, it’s why our organization recently decided to observe Indigenous People’s Day, and why we recognize the importance of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 through October 15, and celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

We must hold the complexity of multiple lenses as we look at our work—gender, racial, and other factors—to honor what unites us all as human beings. With this in mind, let's turn our attention to the Annual Conference, which was a deeply meaningful opportunity for us to learn, connect, and prepare for bold action on these issues.

As always, thank you for your interest in Southern California philanthropy and the dynamic work being done across our communities.

Christine Essel
President and CEO
Southern California Grantmakers

 

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Takeaways from the SCG 2018 Annual Conference

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Expand
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Program Roundup

Coming Up

Takeaways from the SCG 2018 Annual Conference

 

Our goal for this year’s conference was to be bold and clear in examining philanthropy’s challenges and opportunities. We were inspired and affirmed to see so many of you responding with your own courage and enthusiasm. Over 650 of our colleagues from all over the Southern California region—from foundations, corporate members and family philanthropists to government grantmakers, philanthropic consultants, friends and partners of SCG—came together for a day of impact as we explored what gives us hope, powers our work and binds us all together. We were honored to be joined by an incredible variety of leaders and thinkers in sessions organized along three tracks: Advancing Racial Equity, Diversity & Inclusion; Developing Professional Skills; and Engaging in Effective Collaboration & Partnerships.

To everyone who joined us, we appreciate you coming to learn and engage. And to those of you who were unable to attend, please know that the conference was only one day in the full stream of our work in these and many other areas of interest. SCG will continue to deepen the ways in which we incorporate these crucial issues across all of our work as we move forward.

As I mentioned in my welcome remarks at the conference, the day’s frank, honest conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion are very different than the content that we offered five years ago at my first Annual Conference. I’m grateful that we in the SCG community have been able to grow so much together, in our scope, impact and courage.

While the feedback that we have received about the conference has been overwhelmingly positive, we recognize that the material presented is challenging to many of us in different ways. So whether you are clear about the necessity of this work in racial equity and inclusion through your lived experience, or you’re already steeped in the conversation, or perhaps you’re just beginning to explore these issues, SCG is here to support your work. That's why we deliberately organized the conference not only around the crucial issues of DEI, but also around professional development, as well as partnerships and collaborations.

Word cloud of how attendees described this year's conference

 

While there were so many lessons to be captured from the conference, the following are a few of the key takeaways from the day that stood out to me:

  1. “The problem of “Othering” is the problem of the 21st century. In the United States, the primary form of othering is racism.” This was the central message from john a. powell, Director, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society; Robert D. Haas Chancellor’s Chair in Equity and Inclusion; Professor of Law, African American and Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley, just before his impactful interview with Fred Ali, President and CEO, Weingart Foundation. Professor powell noted that the way we have structured our country and the problems we face today have been animated by fear of “the other,” which we have designated by race. He also noted that philanthropy can play a leadership role in constructing a meta-narrative that bridges differences in communities and between issues such as climate change and social justice. As he jokingly put it: “I’m not saying that you should drop everything you are doing and start funding bridging work; I’m saying that you should drop everything you are doing and start funding bridging work.”
     
  2. “Achievement does not equal wellness,” said Daniel Beaty, Founder, I Dream, in a plenary session discussion with Martine Singer, President and CEO, Children's Institute, Inc. and moderator Judy Belk, President and CEO, The California Wellness Foundation. Daniel and the panel emphasized that well-intentioned funders often go after the surface needs of the most vulnerable citizens, and overlook the deep power of addressing trauma and the core identities of self-worth that trauma can create. They then discussed how trauma-informed solutions such as the arts can support philanthropic efforts in health, education, criminal justice and housing.
     
  3. We need to create and commit to a New Social Compact for America, and there are many ways to go about doing this. In this session, Dr. Robert K. Ross, President and CEO, The California Endowment, moderated a conversation with Saru Jayaraman, Co-Founder and President, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United); Director, Food Labor Research Center, University of California, Berkeley; Maria S. Salinas, President and CEO, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce; and Edgar Villanueva, Vice President of Programs and Advocacy, Schott Foundation for Public Education, about what a new American Social Compact looks like. The panelists then considered a set of core inclusive values that embrace dignity, equality, inclusion and opportunity and prosperity for all of us.

 

If you are interested in keeping the conversation about these topics going, then I encourage you to consider attending Upswell LA 2018, Independent Sector’s annual conference, which will be held this year in Los Angeles at the same venue as our conference—the InterContinental Hotel Downtown LA. As an added bonus, SCG members receive a $200 discount to Upswell by using the discount code SOCALG on the final page of the registration process.


(L) Fred Ali, Weingart Foundation and Professor john a. powell, University of California, Berkeley.
(R) Evan Spiegel, Snap Inc. and Cinny Kennard, Annenberg Foundation​​​​


(L) Beatriz Solís, The California Endowment; Ed Cain, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation;
Chris Essel, Southern California Grantmakers. (R) Daniel Beaty, I Dream


(L) Judy Belk, The California Wellness Foundation; Daniel Beaty, I Dream; Martine Singer, Children's Institute, Inc.;
(R) Maria S. Salinas, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce; Edgar Villanueva, Schott Foundation for Public Education;
Saru Jayaraman, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and Food Labor Research Center, University of California, Berkeley

 

You can also check out social media coverage of the conference (see the hashtag #SCGAnnualCon19), as well as our photo album. We are pleased to make available a number of resources, including videos of all the plenary sessions, on our conference resource page (member login required).

And I want to give one more special thanks to our conference Presenting Sponsors (and all others): Annenberg Foundation, California Community Foundation, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation.

 

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Expand Public-Private Partnerships

 

On September 19, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a motion authored by Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis and co-authored by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl permanently establishing the newly renamed Center for Strategic Partnerships within the County of Los Angeles. The motion moves the Center to the Chief Executive’s Office, expands the Center’s scope and launches it into a Strategic Planning process to determine a new shared agenda, metrics for success and mechanisms for stakeholder input.

Launched in 2016 as an initiative of SCG and Los Angeles County, the Center for Strategic Public-Private Partnerships is a collaboration between government and philanthropy that has been located within the Los Angeles County Office of Child Protection. Since its launch, the Center has helped its partners co-invest more than $4.5 million to transform Los Angeles County’s system serving vulnerable youth and families.

I want to congratulate Center Director Kate Anderson, Associate Director Lizzie Cohen and consultant Gita Murthy Cugley on all of their hard work. I also want to thank all of the Center partners who have supported our work throughout the years, as well as Supervisor Solis and the entire Board for taking this necessary action supporting the Center. The Center has effectively brought together stakeholders from philanthropy and government to align strategies and efforts to tackle the most pressing problems experienced by children and families in the County. This model of collaboration, closely watched nationally, has demonstrated the power of thoughtful, deliberate and focused efforts to empower the most vulnerable in our communities.

This move—the first of its kind in LA County—is a testament to the innovative and collaborative spirits of the Center’s partners, public and private alike. 

 


(L to R) Mary Lou Fulton, The California Endowment; Chris Essel, Southern California Grantmakers; HIlda S. Solis, Los
Angeles County Supervisor; Aileen Adams, The Weingart Foundation; Jennifer Price-Letscher, Ralph M. Parsons Foundation

 

Program Roundup

 

  • On September 13, we held the LA Arts Funders meeting focusing on how nonprofit arts organizations and Los Angeles County departments are working together on issues related to juvenile justice. 
     
  • On September 24, our Emerging Leaders Peer-to-Peer Network held one of its regular meetings. The Emerging Leaders Peer-to-Peer network is SCG's highly regarded peer-learning professional development coaching program for select emerging and mid-level career leaders from SCG member organizations. 
     
  • On September 28, SCG co-sponsored with the Akonadi Foundation, Novo Foundation and Rosenberg Foundation a convening for funders called #MeToo 1 + Philanthropy: Year Later: What's Changed/What's Possible, where a panel of experts discussed how philanthropy can rise to meet this historic moment of opportunity to create lasting change.
     
  • Also on September 28, we partnered with FSG for Being the Change: Foundations Transforming for Greater Impact. At this program, FSG presented examples of new approaches that some foundations are using to foster greater connectivity, vibrancy and engagement both internally and externally. This session built on the Being the Change research conducted by FSG, which outlines 12 ways foundations are transforming themselves for greater impact, through their staffing philosophy, structure and design, skill development and organizational culture. This program is part of our programming for our new HR/Ops/Finance peer group.
     
  • On October 1, SCG, along with The Los Angeles Food Policy Council, The California Wellness Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, hosted the Fresh Perspective: Food, Equity and Community Development Funders' Bus Tour in South Los Angeles. We explored how food can be a powerful driver of equity and community economic development. The tour featured the projects of several non-profit organizations that are bridging healthy food access and equitable economic development, from street vendors to neighborhood markets to a major distribution and growing hub. The tour also helped make the case for an increased investment of social and economic capital, specifically in South Los Angeles.
     
  • Also on October 1, SCG hosted a Public Policy Forum with Marshall Tuck, candidate for State Superintendent for Public Instruction, in an interview with Cara Esposito, Executive Director, Leonetti/O’Connell Family Foundation and SCG Board Member. (SCG also extended an invitation to Assembly member Tony Thurmond, the other candidate running for the seat in the election; SCG does not make political endorsements.)  Mr. Tuck spoke to our members on a number of education-related topics, including universal pre-K, increasing graduation rates and how philanthropy can partner with public education and serve as an innovation lab for improving public education.

 

Coming Up

 

We hope to see you at these upcoming events:

OCT
10

Career and Technical Education 101 – The Landscape, Promising Practices, Opportunities for Philanthropy

At this program, we will look at the growing pool of living wage, middle skills jobs in fields like health care, advanced manufacturing and energy; explore the shortage of qualified workers to fill these jobs; and talk about the renaissance in career and technical education in California as promising pathway that can equip people of all ages to pursue rewarding careers and greater economic mobility. Read More

OCT
24

The Crisis of Black Infant Mortality in Los Angeles

Los Angeles County is seeking to reduce by 30 percent over the next five years the infant mortality gap between black and white babies, which has been growing for the past 20 years due to a complicated mix of social, environmental and health factor, including black mothers’ chronic stress resulting from experiences of racism. Read More

NOV
3

Save the Date! Tongva History Walk

The Tongva History Walk will be organized by Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation - Los Angeles. Details to follow. For more information and to sign up for TRHT-LA communications, Read More

 
 

NOV
5

Digital Impact for Foundations

Join SCG and Dr. Lucy Bernholz, Ph.D., Senior Research Scholar, Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS) Digital Civil Society Lab, Stanford University, for an action-oriented workshop that investigates the challenges and opportunities facing foundations in the digital age and provides tools to help them use digital resources safely, ethically and effectively. Read More

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SCG President's Message - September 2018

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Dear Colleagues,

Our 2018 Annual Conference is less than two weeks away on Monday, September 17th. And in my mind, it really couldn’t come at a better time. If you’re at all like me, then you know how easy it is to get wrapped up in our day-to-day work and overwhelmed by the constant drumbeat of the news cycle.

In this moment, I think it is important for all of us to come together; take a step back from our work and busy lives; and reflect on some big-picture topics. Our conference theme this year is Our Common Humanity. This will be a chance for us to engage in dialogue, to think holistically and connect with others who are seeking a similar path.

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Our goal this year is for you to leave with powerful ideas and tools to advance your work and lead real change with partners in our sector and beyond.

This conference really is a wonderful opportunity to get inspired; learn from experts and thought leaders; share your own leadership and best practices; and connect with old and new friends alike.

Conference registration closes this Friday, September 7 at noon, so please make sure to register as soon as possible to secure your spot.

 

I really hope to see you there!

Christine Essel
President and CEO
Southern California Grantmakers

 

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Philanthropy California Highlights the Migrant
Experience at the Southern Border

Register Today for 2018 Fundamentals of Effective
Grantmaking

TRHT-LA Co-Organizes Events to Celebrate 200th
Birthday of Biddy Mason

Philanthropy California Advances 2020 Census Work

SCG News

Program Roundup

Coming Up

 

Philanthropy California Highlights the Migrant Experience at the Southern Border

 

Last month, Philanthropy California, our alliance with Northern California and San Diego Grantmakers, joined the International Community Foundation to present The ‘Flip Side’ of Family Separation: What Happens to Migrants and Deportees in Mexico?  Funders from several state and national organizations and I traveled to the region to attend a few days-worth of events aimed at highlighting the experience of migrants and deportees in Tijuana, B.C., Mexico through their challenging first days, months and even years.

During our time there, we met with representatives from organizations that are addressing new needs as a result of recent policies and others that have been working for years with those who have been affected by family separation long before this crisis made headlines.  

For me, the experience was both illuminating and moving. Witnessing firsthand the hardships endured by migrants and deportees only strengthened my resolve to do the right thing when it comes to immigration at our Southern border. (See my July President’s Message to see some of the actions we and others took over the summer with regard to issue of family separations at the border).

The events were livestreamed and are available here.

 

Register Today for 2018 Fundamentals of Effective Grantmaking

 

To keep pace with changes in the nonprofit sector and the growing demands on foundation resources, grantmakers must continually sharpen their skills and knowledge. SCG’s signature Fundamentals of Effective Grantmaking program is an opportunity for anyone who is new to the field to learn primary grantmaking competencies and for seasoned philanthropy professionals to revisit their core grantmaking skills.

This interactive program will introduce you to grantmaking skills and procedures and provide opportunities to interact with colleagues in our grantmaking community during a series of engaging sessions:

  • The Process of Assessing Proposals and Site Visits
  • Building Respectful Relationships with Grantees
  • Evaluation for Learning 
  • Understanding Financial Statements
  • Ethics in Grantmaking
  • Managing the Challenges of Grantmaking
  • Adopting the Networking and Mentoring Lifestyle
  • Advocacy, Public Policy and Transformation in the Civic Landscape

 

Individuals who attend the full program will receive a certificate signifying completion of the series. Register now for Fundamentals!

 

TRHT-LA Co-Organizes Events to Celebrate 200th Birthday of Biddy Mason

 

Last month, Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation - Los Angeles (TRHT-LA), an initiative coordinated by SCG, and The Biddy Mason Charitable Foundation co-organized a series of events to celebrate the inspiring life of Bridget “Biddy” Mason on her 200th birthday.

Born enslaved in Mississippi on August 15th, 1818, Biddy walked to California behind her master’s wagon, where she ultimately gained her freedom, worked as a nurse and midwife, and became the first black woman to own land in Los Angeles. As Biddy’s wealth grew, so did her generosity. She was a visionary philanthropist, regularly providing food and shelter for the poor, healing the sick and visiting inmates in county jail.

Despite her wealth and prominence at the time of her death, Biddy was buried for nearly 100 years in an unmarked grave at Evergreen Cemetery in Boyle Heights. Community members gathered at this resting place to honor Biddy Mason’s remarkable life and spirit that continues to inspire us today.

Many others attended an event at Biddy Mason Memorial Park in downtown Los Angeles a few days later. Check out photos from the event as well as this amazing story in the Los Angeles Times.



Clockwise from top left: (1) Wreath-laying ceremony; (2) Remembering Biddy Mason; (3) DJ Alima Lee; (4) Amanda Gorman

 

Philanthropy California Advances 2020 Census Work

 

Last month, SCG’s Public Policy staff and our Philanthropy California partners engaged in a number of activities related to the 2020 Census, in addition to our extensive work convening and educating members on this topic.

On August 7, Philanthropy California partners jointly submitted a letter with the League of California Community Foundations opposing the inclusion of a question about citizenship on the upcoming Census form as a part of the open comment period at the U.S. Department of Commerce. The letter included the signatures of 34 organizations, including the following SCG members: Asian Pacific Fund, California Community Foundation, The California Wellness Foundation, Community Partners, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, First 5 LA, Kern Community Foundation and Liberty Hill Foundation.

On August 13, Nancy Jamison, President and CEO of San Diego Grantmakers, testified on behalf of Philanthropy California before a joint informational hearing on the 2020 Census. Additionally, SCG Public Policy Committee Member Efrain Escobedo testified before the Committee. Philanthropy focused its message on the need for the state to provide community-based organizations flexibility by providing grants instead of contracts and by focusing on hard-to-count communities in geographic areas needing additional resources. The hearing can be viewed here.

These actions are great examples of how we are investing in building relationships with state and federal policymakers in order to insert philanthropy’s voice into policymaking. In that spirit, we hope you will join us next year for Foundations on the Hill in March and/or SCG’s Philanthropy in the State Capitol in May.

 

SCG News

 

I am delighted to announce that we have hired a new Director, Statewide Technology – Phuong Pham. Phuong comes to us from Mission Investors Exchange (a member of United Philanthropy Forum) and previously worked at The Vilcek Foundation in New York City. Her first day at SCG will be September 17.

 

Program Roundup

 

  • At our Collective Impact program on August 7, Jennifer Splansky Juster, Executive Director of the Collective Impact Forum, and three local leaders of collective impact sites in Southern California unpacked the key elements of the collective impact framework and shared insights gleaned from an in-depth study of 25 collective impact sites. The collective impact framework brings people and sectors together in a structured process that leads to a common agenda, shared measurement, mutually reinforcing activities and continuous communication, with a strong backbone team dedicated to orchestrating the work of the group.
     
  • At the August 16 program entitled A Humanitarian Crisis: The Harsh New Realities Facing Refugees and Asylum Seekers, we discussed how the systems and infrastructure that support and protect the most vulnerable immigrants and learned how this development impacts local communities in California, what leaders are doing to respond and how philanthropy can engage.
     
  • On August 24 at the New Platforms for Shaping the Latinx Narrative program at Walt Disney Studios, we partnered with Southern California Latinxs in Philanthropy, The Walt Disney Company and Hispanics in Philanthropy to present a panel of executives and storytellers who spoke about changing the narrative on Latinx culture.


Panelists at the New Platforms for Shaping the Latinx Narrative program

 

  • On August 29, SCG corporate giving members met and mingled at our 2018 Corporate Summer Reception at the Hilton Checkers Hotel. We heard from Corporate Leadership Council Chairs Mary-Elizabeth Michaels (Warner Bros. Entertainment) and Raul Bustillos (Bank of America) about upcoming priorities for the next year for our corporate members.


Corporate Leadership Council Chairs Mary-Elizabeth Michaels, Warner Bros. Entertainment,
and Raul Bustillos, Bank of America, speak at the 2018 Corporate Summer Reception​​​​​

 

Coming Up

 

We hope to see you at these upcoming events:

SEP
13

LA Arts Funders Meeting

This meeting will feature an opportunity to learn about how nonprofit arts organizations and Los Angeles County departments are working together in prevention, diversion, incarceration and reentry in juvenile justice. Read More

SEP
24

2018-2019 Emerging Leaders Peer-to-Peer Cohort

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the 2018-2019 Emerging Leaders Peer-to-Peer cohort facilitated by Angel Roberson Daniels, Executive Director of the Angell Foundation. Read More

SEP
28

Being the Change: Foundations Transforming for Greater Impact

This session will build on the Being the Change research conducted by FSG, which outlines 12 ways foundations are transforming themselves for greater impact through their staffing philosophy, structure and design, skill development and organizational culture. Read More

OCT
1

Fresh Perspective: Food, Equity and Community Development Funders' Bus Tour

This tour will feature the projects of several non-profit organizations that are bridging healthy food access and equitable economic development. The tour will also make the case for an increased investment of social and economic capital, specifically in South Los Angeles. Read More

OCT
10

Career and Technical Education 101 – The Landscape, Promising Practices, Opportunities for Philanthropy

At this program, we will look at the growing pool of living wage, middle skills jobs in fields like health care, advanced manufacturing and energy; explore the shortage of qualified workers to fill these jobs; and talk about the renaissance in career and technical education in California as promising pathway that can equip people of all ages to pursue rewarding careers and greater economic mobility. Read More

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SCG President's Message - August 2018

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Dear Colleagues,

Last month, I was fortunate to attend the 2018 United Philanthropy Forum Annual Conference (#ForumCon18) in Boston with several hundred of my peers from regional associations and philanthropy-serving organizations from around the world. The Forum Conference brings together the leadership and staff of the organizations working to advance, inform and support the philanthropic sector’s impact on the crucial issues that confront us. Given all of the important developments taking place in the world today, this year’s conference felt incredibly relevant and timely, and delivered the impact at this moment when we needed it most.

What made the conference so outstanding? In my mind, it was a combination of several elements. Of course, I relished the opportunity to learn from and catch up with so many of my peers from across the country who engage in this hard work every day. In addition, the diverse group of speakers assembled at the conference was excellent. I was truly inspired by artist Titus Kaphar (watch his amazing 12-minute TED talk); educated by Richard Rothstein of the Economic Policy Institute (check out his new book, The Color of Law); and moved by the powerful presentation from Grant Oliphant, President of The Heinz Endowments (follow Grant on social media and view a transcript of his speech). In speaking about what courageous philanthropy looks like, Grant gave us too many good quotes to list, but this one in particular stuck with me: "Courageous philanthropy knows that we are not owed hope and are guaranteed no destiny other than the one we create." Truer words about our sector have not been spoken.

Finally, I was very grateful to see the Forum respond vigorously to requests by its members to talk openly and candidly about racial equity in philanthropy and across the country. This work is not just a passing trend. As a sector, we constantly need to look at ourselves in the mirror and make necessary adjustments to improve our work.

On that point, SCG staff and I who attended the Forum Conference were deeply inspired by it and are eager to shed even more light on these issues at our upcoming Annual Conference next month. I am especially excited that SCG’s Tuly Martinez, who served on this year’s Forum Conference Planning Committee, will be leading our own Annual Conference efforts. For more information about our Annual Conference, please see below.

A huge kudos to Tuly and the Forum staff for putting on such a great event. 

Christine Essel
President and CEO
Southern California Grantmakers

 

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SCG's 2018 Annual Conference, Our Common Humanity, is happening in just a few short weeks! Don’t forget to take advantage of our early bird registration rate as soon as possible to secure your spot. At #SCGAnnualCon18, you'll have access to an incredible variety of leaders and thinkers in sessions covering racial equity, economic inclusion, education, homelessness, trauma, implicit bias in philanthropy, inclusive grantmaking and disability, all structured around three tracks: Advancing Racial Equity, Diversity & Inclusion; Developing Professional Skills; and Engaging in Effective Collaboration & Partnerships.

The draft conference agenda is now available, with more details forthcoming in the next few weeks. We have added new topics and speakers, including:

Sara Goldrick-Rab

Bryant Marks

john powell

Robert K Ross

Edgar Villanueva

 Sara Goldrick-Rab 

Temple University; 
Wisconsin HOPE
Lab

Dr. Bryant Marks, Sr. 
National Training
Institute on Race
and Equity; 
Morehouse College

john a. powell
Haas Institute for a
Fair & Inclusive Society; University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Robert Ross

The California Endowment 

Edgar Villanueva
Schott Foundation
for Public Education

We are also excited that the conference will be taking place in a new, state-of-the-art facility at the InterContinental Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. With wifi access and incredible views throughout, this new venue is conducive to learning, networking and being inspired for a full day. If you have not already attended an event there, you are in for a treat.

 

 

Join more than 600 of your philanthropic colleagues to hear from thought leaders and many more changemakes in our region!

Special thanks to our Presenting Sponsors: Annenberg Foundation, California Community Foundation, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation. For information about sponsorship opportunities, click here.

 

Help Needed on the 2020 Census

 

Philanthropy California, our alliance with Northern California and San Diego Grantmakers, and The League of California Community Foundations have come together with an important request: sign onto our joint letter opposing the inclusion of the citizenship question on the 2020 Census.

Earlier this year, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that he had directed the Census Bureau to add an untested and unnecessary question to the 2020 Census form, which would ask the citizenship status of every person in America. This decision will result in a serious undercount that will negatively impact our communities and our state.

The Commerce Department has invited the public to comment on the paperwork associated with the 2020 Census. The public has until August 7 to submit comments.

This is one of the few opportunities for philanthropy to make its case that the citizenship question should be removed from the Census questionnaire. Public comment establishes an important record for the public, Congress and the courts to consider. We hope you will sign on to our letter and encourage other funders to do so as well. If you are interested in signing on, please email Karla Mercado at [email protected] no later than Friday, August 3, 2018.

If your organization has not already done so, we also strongly encourage you to submit your own letter. You can use the following sample letter for grantmakers or community foundations that you can personalize. To submit your own letter, go to Regulations.gov and click on the button that says “Comment Now.” You can upload your letter or enter your comment directly on the website. Follow the instructions to preview what you post and then accept the submission. All letters and comments must be submitted by August 7, 2018 to count. Please submit copies of your letter to Karla Mercado ([email protected]).

Thank you for your support and your commitment to ensuring a complete count.

 

SCG News

 

A few very exciting SCG-related announcements:

Connie Malloy

 

SCG is pleased to announce that Connie Malloy, Portfolio Director at The James Irvine Foundation, has been elected to our Board of Directors.

Deidre Lind

 

SCG Board member Deidre Lind has been named President and CEO of the Pfaffinger Foundation, one of the oldest private foundations in Los Angeles. Previously Deidre served as the Founding President of the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles. Both Pfaffinger and the Mayor’s Fund are SCG members.

Nancy Berglass

 

Congratulations to Nancy Berglass, SCG's long-time consultant on issues pertaining to veterans, who has been appointed President of the National Veterans Intermediary, a national platform meant to impart shape, strategy and strength to the fragile veterans' ecosystem. Under Nancy's leadership, SCG's Veteran Funders Group has brought significant influence on the recent passage of an LA County Board of Supervisor's motion authorizing the LA Department of Mental Health to play a major leadership role on our local veterans’ landscape. Nancy will continue to guide SCG through our ongoing partnership with the County on this effort, as well as our programming at the intersection of grantmaking and veterans' affairs.

Karen Freeman

 

S​​​​​CG Chief Operating Officer Karen Freeman has been elected to another term on the United Philanthropy Forum Board of Directors.

 

On a very bittersweet note, I would like to express my deep gratitude to Charlotte Ahles, who i​​​​s leaving SCG as Director of Statewide Online Technology to work at a cloud solutions consulting firm. Charlotte started working as an intern at SCG over seven years ago, and diligently worked her way up to run technology for SCG and Philanthropy California. She has contributed so much to our organization – more than she will ever know; and while we are sad to lose her, we wish her all the best in her future endeavors.

Program Roundup

 

  • On July 12, members of the LA Arts Funders group took a private hard-hat tour of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures construction site. Opening in 2019, the Academy Museum will celebrate the art and science of movies—past, present and future. Its exhibitions and programs will convey the magic of cinema and offer a glimpse behind the screen, illuminating the creative and collaborative process of filmmaking.

Dianne Debicella, Community Partners; Nwaka Onwusa, The Grammy Museum Foundation;
Shawn Kravich, John N. Calley Foundation; Morgan Bennett, Southern California Grantmakers

  • On July 12, SCG's Corporate Leadership Council (CLC) met to discuss issues affecting our corporate giving members and plan future programs and events. We are pleased to introduce two new leaders of the CLC: Raul Bustillos, Bank of America Foundation, and Mary-Elizabeth Michaels, Warner Brothers Entertainment, Inc. See below for details about our next Corporate Summer Reception on August 29. For more information about the CLC or SCG's corporate giving area, please contact Dave Sheldon.
     
  • Kudos to SCG member and Moss Adams Senior Tax Manager Lauren Haverlock for facilitating a great Form 990: Beyond The Basics program last month. This presentation and discussion showed how to look at the Form 990 through the eyes of funders and supporters interested in the story of an organization’s return. And I want to send a special thank you to SCG Board Member and Moss Adams LLP Partner Melissa Harman for her continued support of these financial training programs.
     
  • At the Youth Health Outcomes through School-Based Substance Use Intervention and Prevention, we engaged funders in a discussions about their in interest in and/or strategies for improving school health services through the inclusion of substance use and mental health prevention and early intervention services. Speakers helped attendees identify effective youth engagement strategies (such as screening, brief intervention and referral for treatment) and discussed promising and best practices that can be widely disseminated.

 

Coming Up

 

We hope to see you at these upcoming events:

 

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A Livestream Experience in Tijuana - The ‘Flip Side’ of Family Separation: What Happens to Migrants and Deportees in Mexico?

Join Philanthropy California and the International Community Foundation to hear from individuals and organizations supporting deportees and migrants in Tijuana, B.C., Mexico through their challenging first days, months and even years. Read More

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A Humanitarian Crisis: The Harsh New Realities Facing Refugees and Asylum Seekers

At this program, we will discuss how the systems and infrastructure that support and protect the most vulnerable immigrants have been gravely damaged, and learn how this development impacts local communities in California, what leaders are doing to respond and how philanthropy can engage. Read More

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Celebrating Biddy Mason

Join leaders from our Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation – Los Angeles program as we commemorate the 200th birthday of Bridget “Biddy” Mason, a former slave, nurse/midwife, entrepreneur, humanitarian and founder of Los Angeles's first African-American congregation. On August 15, we will lay a wreath at her headstone at Evergreen Cemetery. On August 18, we are gathering at Biddy Mason Park in downtown Los Angeles. Read More

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Save the Date! New Platforms for Shaping the Latinx Narrative

Join Southern California Latinxs in Philanthropy, The Walt Disney Company, Hispanics in Philanthropy and Southern California Grantmakers to discuss how Hollywood can use storytelling through movies like Coco to change the narrative on Latinx culture. Read More

AUG
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2018 Corporate Summer Reception

Join us for our annual Corporate Summer Reception at the Checkers Hotel rooftop lounge. This event is a great opportunity to catch up with peers in the corporate giving and corporate social responsibility space. Read More

AUG
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New Research: Californians Working in Poverty and the Implications for our State

Join us to discuss the findings from the new Public Religion Research Institute's (PRRI) survey of working Californians who are struggling with poverty, led by PRRI's CEO Dr. Robert Jones. Read More

SCG President's Message - July 2018

Monday, July 9, 2018

Dear Colleagues,

I hope everyone had a chance to enjoy the Independence Day holiday. This year, the holiday held a special meaning and importance for me. I struggled to find a narrative of what it means to love our country when there is so much injustice taking place here on a daily basis. Despite our aspirations and achievements as a country, the United States has a long history of injustices – from slavery and Jim Crow laws to modern-day xenophobia and racism. And, as generations of Americans have tried to do before us – albeit inconsistently and with mixed success – we must continue to fulfill our responsibility to stand up to injustice when we see it.

 

Ad in the Los Angeles Times

To that end, Philanthropy California, our alliance with Northern California and San Diego Grantmakers, issued a statement last month condemning the practice of separating children from their parents as a part of the Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy on the U.S.-Mexico border. We also joined a group of SCG members and other funders in signing on to the full page advertisement pictured here, which ran in the Los Angeles Times and the San Diego Union-Tribune, calling for the protection of families and children. While the child in this photo was fortunately not separated from her parents as thousands of others have been and still are, this image has been featured by many publications recently as a symbol of the trauma and human rights violations facing immigrant and refugee families due to current policies.

As the chorus of political pressure mounted, President Trump signed an executive order on June 20 stating that the Administration’s policy would be to keep families together. Of course, serious problems remain – including reuniting families that have been separated and figuring out how to enforce immigration laws in a fair and humane way.

To me, this series of events demonstrated a few things: first, and most importantly, it showed that raising our collective voices against policies that are contrary to our work and values does make a difference. Second, it shows the value of collaboration. As news about the horrors of family separations started spreading, we quickly assembled a large, diverse coalition of funders to speak out against the practice. In this spirit of collaboration, we also recently signed on to a statement from Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) about the inhuman separation and detention policies at the Southern border of the United States.

Last but not least, July 4th has passed, but our efforts to live up to the ideals of our country will continue. As long as inequities and injustices remain in the world, philanthropy needs to wield our collective power and influence to promote the welfare of others. The task is daunting, but the purpose is noble; and I am confident that when we work together, we in philanthropy can do our part in the long struggle to bend the moral arc of the universe towards justice.

Please continue reading below for more on SCG’s past and upcoming work. As always, thank you for being part of the Southern California philanthropy community.

Christine Essel
President and CEO
Southern California Grantmakers

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Takeaways from the SCG 2018 Family Philanthropy Conference

 

On June 5, over 125 SCG members joined us for our annual Family Philanthropy Conference. This year’s theme was “Pathways to Impact,” and we focused on how we as grantmakers can find new and proven paths that truly maximize our impact in the communities we serve.

The conference was the perfect opportunity for leaders in family philanthropy to connect, build relationships and learn from one another. We were delighted to hear from our 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 and Farhad Ebrahimi

 

 

Aaron Dorfman
President and CEO
NCRP

 

    Farhad Ebrahimi
Founder and President
   Chorus Foundation

 

At #SCGFamilyCon18, Aaron Dorfman presented NCRP’s Power Moves toolkit, a comprehensive tool developed to help funders explore three dimensions of funding: building, sharing and wielding power. Quoting director Rashad Robinson, Aaron noted that “power is the ability to change the rules.” He explained that our society would achieve full equity when one could no longer predict an advantage or disadvantage based on race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or ability. He then talked through how funders could assess themselves through the lens of the power-equity relationship, and build, share and wield power with the goal of achieving equity.

In a compelling and moving afternoon keynote address and chat with SCG Board Vice Chair Nike Irvin, Farhad Ebrahimi described his work as head of the Chorus Foundation, which works for a just transition to a regenerative economy in the United States. Farhad, a Next Gen philanthropist, spoke eloquently about how philanthropy itself is sometimes an obstacle to the work we seek to change. He noted that if we want our work to be transformational, we often must first transform ourselves. Farhad highlighted the importance of supporting multi-issue, power-building organizations among communities of color and working class communities, noting that building power from the bottom up is not just more equitable, but more authentic. He also urged funders to prioritize accountability through relationships rather than fidelity to process or loyalty to metrics.

 

 

Top left: Mitch Singer, Singer Philanthropy. Top right: Francisco Ortega, City of Los Angeles; Chris Essel, SCG; Nike Irvin, Riordan Family Foundation. Bottom left: Angela Oh, City of Los Angeles. Bottom right: SCG member; Greg Mora, Direct Relief; Nancy Berman, The Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation.

As I mentioned in my message last month, SCG is very fortunate and grateful to have a vibrant community of family philanthropists in our membership, and we will continue to support them through a variety of new and existing programs.

MORE RESOURCES FOR SCG FAMILY FOUNDATIONS

 

Register now: SCG’s 2018 Annual Conference is September 17

 

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At SCG’s 2018 Annual Conference, we’ll engage in a dialogue about what brings us together in a divided world. The theme of this year’s conference is Our Common Humanity.

The draft conference agenda is now available. The conference will be structured around three tracks: Advancing Racial Equity, Diversity & Inclusion; Developing Professional Skills and Engaging in Effective Collaboration & Partnerships. Breakout sessions will be organized within this framework.

Register by August 25 to take advantage of our early bird rate!

Special thanks to our Presenting Sponsors: Annenberg Foundation, California Community Foundation, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation. For information about sponsorship opportunities, click here.
 

Welcome, New SCG Members!

 

I would like to take the opportunity to welcome the following new SCG members:

Our membership includes all types of foundations, corporate grantmakers, family philanthropy and government funders, as well as consultants. We represent the Southern California region, which includes Los Angeles, Kern, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.

Are you getting the most value out of your membership? Check out our member benefits. Visit our members-only online directory to find and reach out to your SCG colleagues! We’re also happy to help you connect member-to-member.

 

SCG Staff News

 

I am very excited to announce that I have promoted Karen Freeman to the role of Chief Operating Officer. During my tenure at SCG, Karen has been crucial to so much of our success – and I don’t want that to go unnoticed. In her new role as Chief Operating Officer (COO), in addition to her current responsibilities, Karen will focus on the internal operations of SCG. This will include working with me, and taking the lead on designing and implementing business operations to ensure organizational sustainability, establishing policies to promote culture and vision, and overseeing the overall operations of SCG. Congratulations, Karen!

We are also grateful to attract very bright and highly capable interns. Last month, we were sad to bid adieu to Sean Tan, a second year student at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs who was a key part of the SCG Public Policy team for the past nine months. Sean has been named a David Bohnett Foundation Fellow at the City of Los Angeles Mayor's Office, where he will be tasked with projects in preparation for the 2028 Olympics.

While we are sad to see Sean go, we are pleased to welcome two new Public Policy interns. Eric Schroer is entering his second year as a Master of Public Policy student at the UCLA Luskin School. Eric’s internship was made possible through the generous support of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, through UCLA's Hilton Senior Fellows Program. Gustavo Medrano joins us from the Rand Corporation, where he has been working as a bilingual survey interviewer. Gustavo's internship is generously supported by the WHH Foundation and the Goldhirsh Foundation.

Program Roundup

 

    

  • On June 12, at the Addressing Inequity through Arts Education program, we dove into the data presented in the Arts Ed Profile report and online tool; explored how key findings could inform grantmaking strategies to improve the quantity, quality and equity of arts education; and discussed the role that arts education could play in addressing a range of critical issues raised in the recently released Portrait of Los Angeles County report.
     
  • On June 19, we had A Conversation with Birger Stamperdahl, President and CEO of Give2Asia. Established in 2001, Give2Asia is a U.S.-based international nonprofit organization that connects corporations, foundations and individuals with local charitable organizations and social enterprises across Asia.
     
  • On June 22, at the Neighborhood Data for Social Change program, we partnered with the University of Southern California's Price Center for Social Innovation to introduce and demonstrate the new Neighborhood Data for Social Change (NDSC) platform, a free, publicly available online resource that illuminates the trends, challenges and opportunities facing Los Angeles County neighborhoods.
     
  • On June 27, SCG along with the California Community Foundation co-presented The Foundation: A Performance by Tony Award-Winner Sarah Jones. This was an evening of laughter, entertainment and thoughtful conversation featuring a dynamic, multi-character one-person show commissioned by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, written and performed by Tony Award-winning actress Sarah Jones.

Sarah Jones

 

Coming Up

 

We hope to see you at these upcoming events:

JUL
10

Domestic Violence Homeless Services Coalition Progress and Next Steps

Funders Together to End Homelessness – Los Angeles Network and SCG invite you to a session focused on the Domestic Violence Homeless Services Coalition (DVHSC). The vision of DVHS is to create a client-centered system of shared values and responsibilities that increases access to safe housing and supportive services for survivors of domestic violence and their families. Read More

JUL
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The Children’s Trust: A Plan to Create Health Equity for All California Children

At this program, we will talk about The Children’s Trust, a bold new initiative to leverage the power of behavioral health supports and strategies—and the resources behind them—to achieve health equity for all children in California. Read More

JUL
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Form 990: Beyond The Basics

Learn how to look at the Form 990 through the eyes of funders and supporters interested in the story of your organization’s return. We will also take a look at the tools available to assess an organization’s financial  health and impact. Read More

JUL
19

Youth Health Outcomes through School-Based Substance Use Intervention and Prevention

At this program, speakers will help attendees identify effective youth engagement strategies (such as screening, brief intervention and referral for treatment) for improving school health services. Read More

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Funders’ Briefing: Assemblywoman Autumn Burke and Ending Child Poverty

Assemblymember Autumn Burke authored legislation last year that created the Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Act, which established a Task Force to make recommendations to reduce child poverty rates. This is an opportunity to engage and discuss opportunities to engage with the Task Force’s work and to lend philanthropy’s insights on the issue. Read More

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Collective Impact: From Common Goals to Uncommon Results

The collective impact framework brings people and sectors together in a structured process that leads to a common agenda, shared measurement, mutually reinforcing activities and continuous communication. Join us to unpack key elements of this framework and share insights gleaned from an in-depth study of 25 collective impact sites. Read More

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Philanthropy California Statement On Family Separations

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

As Philanthropy California, we join our partners in philanthropy, along with advocates and immigrant communities, in calling for an end to the practice of separating children from their parents as part of the Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Our nation has long been a place of promise of safety and respite from harm.  Today, for thousands of children and their families, that promise has been replaced with peril. Separating children from their parents inflicts unnecessary trauma on children that can cause lasting harm. (See the American Academy of Pediatrics’ 2017 policy statement regarding child health impact of separation). The current practices at the border are an affront to the shared values of decency, humanity, and compassion that underpin our work in philanthropy, and that we believe to be fundamental to a civil society.

This is one of those pivotal moments in history when it is important for all of us to speak up for what is right – to demand that all children and families, regardless of their immigration status, be treated with compassion, humanity, and respect.  

To learn more about the current situation and how you can respond, join us and Grantmakers Concerned for Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) for a webinar on Wednesday, June 27 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM PST. You can register for the webinar here.

Sincerely, 

Christine Essel
President & CEO
Southern California Grantmakers
    Nancy Jamison
    President & CEO
    San Diego Grantmakers    

Ellen LaPointe
President & CEO
Northern California Grantmakers    

 

 

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Philanthropy CA Statement on the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union Tribune Ad

The following is a statement by Philanthropy California regarding an ad placed by Philanthropy CA and other philanthropic organizations in the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union Tribune on June 24, 2018:

The picture of a crying child that we and others have featured over the past week depicts the trauma and human rights violations facing immigrant and refugee families at the U.S. border due to current policies. While this child was fortunately not separated from her parents as thousands of others have been and still are, we stand by our shared commitment to protecting families and protecting human rights.

 

 

 

Additional Resources

The following is a non-exhaustive list of resources regarding the federal government's immigration policies separating families of immigrants.

 

 

JOIN AN EVENT NEAR YOU!

Host an event in your community or join your neighbors to support immigrant families on June 30. You can learn more here.

 

ENGAGE

Show your support on social media with the hashtags #FamiliesBelongTogether and #KeepFamiliesTogether.

 

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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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!

 

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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

 

Attendees in front of a muralAttendee in front of a mural
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:

 

JUN
 12

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

JUN
19

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

 

JUN
20

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

 

JUN
27

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

 

JUN
28

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
@Christine_Essel

 

SCG President's Message - May 2018

Friday, May 4, 2018

Dear Colleagues,

With our esteemed President and CEO Chris Essel connecting with global leaders at the International Women’s Forum Cornerstone Conference this week, she has offered the SCG staff her monthly platform. We are excited to share the most powerful learnings from our recent 2018 Public Policy Conference with you, and to update you on several other important SCG news and events.

 

Jump To:

Takeaways from the 2018 Public Policy Conference

Family Philanthropy Conference: Pathways to Impact

Philanthropy in Sacramento Day

Register Today for SCG’s 2018 Annual
Conference

Sign Up for SCG’s Corporate Giving Brief

SCG Members Only: Update Your SCG Individual Profile

Coming Up

SCG Staff News

Takeaways from the 2018 Public Policy Conference

Tuly Martinez, Director, Programs and Conferences
Seyron Foo, Director, Public Policy and Government Relations

On April 23, SCG hosted over 300 leaders from our sector at our annual Public Policy Conference at the Center for Healthy Communities. This year’s theme was California Counts, and had a special focus on the 2020 Census, supporting full federal and state funding for a fair and accurate count, as well as on higher education policy changes. At the conference, the SCG community came together with leaders from across our region, our state and our country to examine new and urgent questions.

In a day full of great speakers, news and information, it is difficult to distill only a few takeaways. Still, we wanted to share key learnings from the conference, as captured on our conference hashtag, #SCGPolicyCon18:

  • The Census is crucial for determining funding and representation for California, and the time for foundations to engage on it is now! Chris Hoene of the California Budget & Policy Center added that over $35 billion is at stake for California with the 2020 Census. California is also at risk of losing political representation, which prompted one of our speakers, Ditas Katague, Director, Census 2020 California Complete Count, to say: “The Census is the foundation of our democracy.”

    We at Southern California Grantmakers are excited to announce that we are partnering with the California Community Foundation to launch the Southern California 2020 Census Funder Group. If you're interested, please contact Karla Mercado, Manager, Public Policy and Philanthropy California.
     

  • We need to elevate the voices of the historically unheard via voting reforms and an accurate Census count. Talking about voter suppression laws in other states, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, who was a keynote speaker at the conference, said: “Making it difficult for people to vote is undemocratic, unpatriotic and un-American.” Secretary Padilla went on to say that California has become a nationwide model for improving and modernizing the voter experience, making it more inclusive and improving civic engagement. Nonprofit VOTE has put together toolkits for voter engagement strategies for private and community foundations. You can view the reports on our website.
     
  • We must ensure that California’s students of color and low-income students are making progress toward a college degree. On this point, California State University Chancellor Timothy White said: “it will be much more expensive to fail than to succeed” in terms of outcomes for students. The Chancellor’s Graduation Initiative 2025 will push system-wide changes to close the opportunity and achievement gaps with implications for workforce development as the state’s largest source of skilled workers. Peter Taylor, President, ECMC Foundation, and Michele Siqueiros, President, Campaign for College, gave us a great guide on what philanthropic leaders can do to move the needle forward on advancing diversity and equity in higher education leadership and student outcomes in California.
     
  • Youth organizers are leading the way. On a final note, we loved this post from the Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation: People say millennials want things ‘right now,’ as if it’s a bad thing. We need young people to continue to be impatient, because they use that frustration to push for real change.” Please check out this blog post talking about the “Innovative Civic and Voter Engagement Methods for a New Generation” session, led by Connie Malloy, Portfolio Director, James Irvine Foundation.

 

What were your takeaways from the conference? Send them to us or share them with #SCGPolicyCon18.

 

 

 
 

Dr. Timothy White, California State University

Michele Siqueiros, The Campaign for College Opportunity; Peter J. Taylor, ECMC Foundation
 

 
 

 
 

Chris Hoene, California Budget & Policy Center; Ashley Swearengin, Central Valley Community Foundation; Ditas Katague, Census 2020 California Complete Count, State of California

The Honorable Alex Padilla, California Secretary
of State; Val Zavala, KCET (former)

 

SCG is proud to support our members as they pursue effective strategies and strong collaborations to do the work they aspire to do. To those who attended this year’s sold-out conference: thank you for your participation, and we hope you had an informative and productive experience. We would also like to once again thank our conference partner, the California Budget & Policy Center, and our member-led Conference Advisor group, as well as our sponsors and speakers.

 

Family Philanthropy Conference: Pathways to Impact

Kameron Green, Senior Manager, Programs
Jan Kern, Family Foundation Consultant

Family foundations have always played a key role in philanthropy, with their focus on strong grantee and community relationships and ability to respond nimbly. Now, family philanthropy is poised to both broaden and deepen its impact as the number of family foundations continues to grow. The question is, how can we make the most of our unique strengths and opportunities?

This year’s Family Philanthropy Conference, Pathways to Impact, looks at how we as grantmakers can think outside the box, look at innovative pathways and maximize our resources to really make a difference.

This year, we are joined by Farhad Ebrahimi, Founder and President of the Chorus Foundation, and Trista Harris, President of the Minnesota Council on Foundations.
 

 

Farhad Ebrahimi

 

Trista Harris

 

Farhad Ebrahimi
Founder and President,
Chorus Foundation

 

Trista Harris
President,Minnesota
Council on Foundations

This conference is focused on SCG members in the family philanthropy sector, but is open to any SCG member or eligible nonmember with an interest in these topics. Register today to be inspired and energized!
 

Philanthropy in Sacramento Day

​​​​​Seyron Foo, Director, Public Policy and Government Relations
Karla Mercado, Manager, Public Policy and Philanthropy California

We strongly encourage our members interested in using their public policy skills to attend the annual Philanthropy in Sacramento Day, which for the first time this year includes a half day briefing to prepare you for the next day’s full slate of meeting with policymakers.

Presented by Philanthropy California, our alliance with Northern California and San Diego Grantmakers, Philanthropy in Sacramento Day is a special event bringing together our state’s elected officials with leaders of our sector. It’s our opportunity to share the work of philanthropy so that our state’s policymakers can take the best practices developed from your grantmaking and scale it up to improve the lives of millions of Californians. This year, we will also place a special focus on the 2020 Census preparation efforts. Our time in Sacramento will include opportunities to:

  • Educate legislators and the administration about philanthropy’s role in civil society, the importance of 2020 Census and best practices on issues that you fund
  • Develop and cultivate relationships with fellow policy-oriented peers and policymakers
  • Encourage legislators to view foundations as thought partners. 

We are also thrilled to offer a half-day briefing and welcome reception for all participants on Monday, May 21. The briefing will cover emerging issues affecting philanthropy and communities across California and will provide an opportunity for interactive discussions with leading policy experts. Finally, you can connect with fellow participants at the Welcome Reception immediately following the briefing. Register today for this exciting event!
 

Register Today for SCG’s 2018 Annual Conference

Annual Conference Logo

Tuly Martinez, Director, Programs and Conferences

We are pleased to announce that registration for SCG’s 2018 Annual Conference is now open! This year, our focus is on Our Common Humanity.

The country is more divided politically and culturally than ever before and there are a dizzying number of conversations - often times conflicting - taking place over multiple channels and platforms. Yet, there is one thing that binds us together: Our Common Humanity. All of us have some basic, innate features that unify us and ultimately give us hope for the future. The philanthropic sector can draw on this common humanity in order to effect positive change in our communities and around the world.

At #SCGAnnualCon18, we’ll engage in a dialogue about what brings us together in a divided world. This year, we will convene in a unique meeting space that is conducive to these conversations: the Intercontinental Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. 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 today - we hope to see you there​​​!
 

Sign Up for SCG’s Corporate Giving Brief

Annabelle Rosborough, Senior Manager, Programs

We are pleased to announce that as an added membership benefit, all SCG members are eligible to receive our Corporate Giving. This curated biweekly email contains newsworthy and relevant articles highlighting trends in the corporate giving sector and profiling individuals and organizations.

We encourage our members to sign up for the brief as well as submit news that you think would be of interest to fellow SCG corporate giving members.
 

SCG Members Only: Update Your SCG Individual Profile

Morgan Bennett, Manager, Member Engagement

Did you know that as a part of your organization’s membership with Southern California Grantmakers, you have a personal profile? The information in your profile helps us provide you with the most relevant programs, services and information.

Please take a quick 5 minutes to log in and update your SCG profile.

Your User Name is usually your work email address.
If you forgot your password, you can reset it now.

The more you tell us about yourself, the more we can support your important work. And all you have to do is check a few boxes.
To make this more fun, on May 15, we will randomly choose three people who have updated their profiles to receive either a free ticket to our Annual Conference or a $100 donation to the nonprofit of their choice.

Please feel free to contact us with questions. Thank you in advance for helping us help you make the most of your SCG membership.

 

Coming Up

SCG Programs Team

We hope to see you at these upcoming events:

 

MAY
5-6

The United State of Women (USOW) 2018 Summit

SCG is a proud partner of the USOW's 2018 Summit. USOW is a national organization for any woman who sees that we need a different America for all women to survive and thrive, and wants to work collectively to achieve it. Read More

MAY
10

Green Investment without Displacement along the Los Angeles River

At this program, we will bring together leaders who have worked in coalition with other organizations on a broad set of issues related to the efforts to restore the Los Angeles River, including anti-displacement strategies and community development. Read More

MAY
18

Examining the Needs of Youth Involved in Both the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems

Liberty Hill and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundations invite you to a discussion on dually involved youth―youth involved in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems―with LA County officials, funders and other key stakeholders. Read More

MAY
24

Walking the Talk: Putting Values-Based Grantmaking into Practice

At this workshop, we’ll discuss PEAK Grantmaking’s research into values-based grantmaking and provide participants with skills to initiate conversations with colleagues and organizational leaders around aligning grantmaking practice with values. Read More

SCG Staff News

 

Yolanda Gipson

 

 Yolanda Gipson

SCG Leadership

We are pleased to announce that Yolanda Gipson has joined SCG as Executive Assistant to the President and CEO. Yolanda has over 15 years of administrative experience, most recently as the executive assistant to Maria Contreras Sweet, former Administrator of the Small Business Administration under President Obama and founder of ProAmerica Bank. Please join us in welcoming Yolanda to the SCG family.

From all of us at SCG, thank you for reading and for your continued membership!

 

 

SCG President's Message - April 2018

Monday, April 2, 2018

Dear Colleagues,

It’s April, and there is something special in the spring air. Around this time of year, we focus the spotlight on the public policy efforts of SCG and our members. It is truly wonderful to see our staff and members engaging in public policy like never before on a variety of important issues.

Before I go any further, I would be remiss if I didn’t also celebrate the tremendous renewed sense of civic engagement that is being led by youth, as demonstrated by the March for Our Lives events on March 24. What an inspiring day! If we were impressed last month with the grit that those students demonstrated after the tragedy at their school, then we should be even more encouraged by their determination to effect change—including registering thousands of young people to vote—at the marches and in the coming months. I believe we are witnessing something remarkable—which is even truer given the age and advanced wisdom and leadership that these students are exhibiting.

The marches across the country segue nicely into our own efforts to bring about positive change—especially in our sector—through SCG’s public policy initiatives. Over the past few years, SCG has built a robust public policy program; and this was readily apparent by our showing last month at the United Philanthropy Forum’s annual Foundations on the Hill (FOTH) gathering in Washington, D.C. This year, I was thrilled to attend FOTH with an impressive delegation of members from Philanthropy California, our alliance with Northern California and San Diego Grantmakers, for meetings with Congress about key issues of importance to foundations and philanthropy.


Philanthropy California delegation with (clockwise from top left): Representative Tony Cardenas;
Representative Jimmy Gomez; Senator Dianne Feinstein; Senator Kamala Harris

Our delegation met over a few days with more than 30 lawmakers to focus on three important issues to our sector: halting attempts to repeal the Johnson Amendment, the long-standing federal law that prohibits foundations and nonprofit organizations from engaging in partisan campaign activities; helping secure additional funding for the 2020 Census to ensure a fair and accurate count in California and nationwide; and raising concerns about placing a question related to citizenship on the Census, which would plummet participation and starve California of its fair share of federal resources.
 
I’m proud that our members were part of the wave of countless other organizations that succeeded together in accomplishing both of our goals: preventing attempts to repeal the Johnson Amendment as a part of the omnibus spending bill signed into law last month, and securing $1.344 billion of additional funding for the 2020 Census over the previous year, which was more than was requested by the Trump Administration. We also raised our concerns about the citizenship question, and we will continue to actively engage in educating policymakers in this decision’s harmful effects. For more information on the Census, contact Karla Mercado, SCG Manager, Public Policy and Philanthropy California.
 
We still have so much more public policy work ahead of us. Read more below about our upcoming Public Policy Conference and Philanthropy in Sacramento Day, and if you are a member, you can always sign up for our monthly Public Policy Roundup here.

 

Jump To:

Philanthropy in Sacramento Day

Welcome SCG's New Members

embRACE LA: 100 Dinners on Race

Program Round Up

Coming Up

SCG Staff News

Policy Conference Is Almost Sold Out!

SCG's 2018 Public Policy Conference on Monday, April 23 is almost sold out!

Join us for an in-depth look at the latest policy analysis and research on key issues impacting philanthropy. This year's conference will focus on the critical importance of full federal and state funding for the 2020 Census, and on fast-moving changes in higher education policy, among other topics.

 

 

We are excited to partner once again with the California Budget & Policy Center and are looking forward to hearing from many distinguished speakers, including The Honorable Alex Padilla, California’s Secretary of State; Dr. Timothy White, Chancellor of California State University and Ashley Swearengin, President and CEO of the Central Valley Community Foundation and former Mayor of Fresno.

It’s not too late to register. We hope to see you there for a day of thought-provoking conversations about our sector's role in advocacy efforts that strengthen our communities. 

Philanthropy in Sacramento Day

Philanthropy California’s annual Philanthropy in Sacramento Day (May 22, 2018) is a special event bringing together our state’s elected officials with leaders of our sector. Members from across our three regional associations gather together to walk the halls of the state capitol, bringing attention to the most pressing issues affecting our communities, including the 2020 Census, child welfare, health and immigration. Philanthropy in Sacramento is a unique opportunity to meet directly with legislators and administration officials, and connect with fellow policy-oriented peers.

 

 

This year, we are also excited to offer a half-day briefing and welcome reception for all participants the day before, May 21. The briefing will cover emerging issues affecting philanthropy and communities across California and will provide an opportunity for interactive discussions with leading policy experts.

Agenda

May 21                                                                                          May 22                              
Half-Day Policy Briefing: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm                              Legislative Visits: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Welcome Reception: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm                                     (Hotel and Location Information to follow)

Welcome SCG’s Newest Members

I am happy to welcome SCG’s newest members from this quarter. Please click on their links to learn more about them in our Member Directory.

embRACE LA: 100 Dinners on Race

On April 16-20, 1000 Angelenos will gather in 100 homes and spaces across the city for thoughtful dinner dialogues through embRACE LA, an initiative aimed at unifying Angelenos and empowering communities through a citywide conversation about race and racism. Dinners are free and all residents of Los Angeles are welcome to apply by April 1st. Click here to sign up

Learn more about embRACE LA's multidimensional approach to changing narratives, building relationships and advancing public policy solutions.

 
Program Round Up
  • On March 2, we held a lively conversation with Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab about innovative ways to make higher education more accessible and affordable. We will continue to lift up this conversation through our College Access Funders Group and at our Annual Conference.
  • On March 6, Nonprofit Finance Fund led a training about the Full Cost Project geared toward foundation trustees and board members.
  • On March 7, the SCG International Funders Group hosted an inspiring conversation with Nancy Aossey, President and CEO of the International Medical Corps, to learn more about their approach to building local capacity in forgotten crises around the globe.
  • On March 20, participants learned about RACE COUNTS, a new initiative and comprehensive online tracking tool that ranks all 58 California counties on issues of race in seven key areas.

 

Coming Up

I hope to see you at these upcoming events.

 

APR
10

Biggest Changes in the Financial Sector (Orange County Session)

Join us to discuss how recent changes to generally accepted accounting principles and the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will affect the philanthropic sector.
Read More

APR
11

Profit + Purpose: Does Your Portfolio Align With Your Values?

At this program, our panel will discuss how individuals, 401 K plans, foundations and endowments can use the power of their investments to create change.
Read More

MAY
5-6

The United State of Women 2018 Summit

SCG is proud to partner with the United State of Women. This year, former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama will be one of many featured speakers. 
Read More

JUN
5

SCG Family Philanthropy Conference

Our annual Family Philanthropy Conference is fast approaching. Save the date for this must-attend event for the family philanthropy community.
Read More

SCG Staff News

Finally, I'd like to welcome our newest staff member, Brenda Estrada, who started this month. As the Associate, Finance and Operations, Brenda is responsible for all accounting functions and provides administrative support to our Vice President, Operations and Government Relations.

Thank you for reading. As always, I'm interested in your ideas and feedback on SCG’s work. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions. Onwards!

 

Christine Essel
President and CEO
Southern California Grantmakers
@Christine_Essel

SCG President's Message - March 2018

Monday, March 5, 2018
THIS MONTH:

 

California's Call for Inclusion

Coming Up

Highlights of the Federal Spending Agreement

SCG Staff News

Program Round Up

 

Dear Colleagues,

I have to be honest. Starting another President’s Message with reflections on yet another horrible tragedy is exhausting and disheartening. So instead, I’m going to focus on something that gives me hope: the emerging generation of youth activists who are speaking out on the issues that matter to them and our collective future. Out of this tragedy, we are seeing the beginning of a civic-engagement movement that is lasting more than just one news cycle.

Have you seen this incredibly moving speech by one of the students from Parkland? This remark, in particular, resonated with me:

"Every single person up here today, all these people should be home grieving. But instead we are up here standing together because...it’s time for victims to be the change that we need to see."

Students across the country are appearing at rallies and on news programs. They have announced plans for a massive rally against gun violence in Washington, D.C. on March 24, with smaller rallies and protests in cities around the U.S.
 


(Image source: YouTube)

To be clear: youth activists have been around for a long time and they have always made their mark on the conversations of the day. In fact, 50 years ago this month, Chicano student activists walked out of their classrooms to demand a better education right here in East Los Angeles. That youth activism sits within a history of important moments that have shaped our nation. But there is something about this particular youth movement that seems different. Maybe it is because we are living in a time when civility seems to be missing from our civic spaces. Where it feels like the “adults” in the room tend to call each other names, point fingers and avoid dealing with the hard issues, leaving a leadership gap bigger than in years past. Seeing students like these stand up to fill that gap gives me hope. I look forward to finding ways to support our next generation to stand up, speak out and fight for our collective future.

This connects so closely to Bill and Melinda Gates’ recently released annual letter for their foundation, in which they make the case for optimism despite all of the doom and gloom in the world. And sure enough, one of the reasons they “see a world that’s getting better” is that they are meeting “brave and brilliant individuals all over the world who are imagining new ways to transform their communities.” I believe that student activists across the country can indeed transform our communities.

Of course I am proud of the work each of you individually and all of us together are doing to tackle a wide range of problems. But I am really excited about what the next generation will bring to the table.

Please continue reading below for updates and news from our membership. You can also check our News Page for the latest on SCG and philanthropy in Southern California.

CALIFORNIA’S CALL FOR INCLUSION: WHY PHILANTHROPY SHOULD ENGAGE IN THE 2020 CENSUS

 

 

Last month I was proud to co-author a statement on behalf of Philanthropy California, an alliance of Northern California, Southern California and San Diego Grantmakers, about the upcoming 2020 Census. Together we affirmed our shared belief that “We all count. We all deserve to be counted.” Our statement goes on as follows:

“The California of today is heralded by many as a shining star of our times. We are the 6th largest economy in the world. We are home to 10 million immigrants, the largest immigrant community of any state. While experts predict that the US will become a “majority-minority” country in 2044, California already is.

It is also true that California is facing profound challenges. We have a higher poverty rate than the U.S. average. We rank 41st in the nation in public spending per K-12 student on education. There are stark racial disparities from the criminal justice system to representation in the C-suite. And housing costs have made the dream of home ownership unattainable for a large percentage of the population.”

If we are to tackle these challenges effectively, California must receive its fair share of Federal resources and political representation. We risk losing more than $2.5 billion annually in federal funds and even a Congressional seat if there is an undercount. As such, all of us need to do whatever it takes to ensure a fully inclusive 2020 Census. Read the full statement.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FEDERAL SPENDING AGREEMENT
In February, Congress reached an agreement on a federal spending plan. Our Public Policy team put together a brief summary of the agreement.

The agreement would lift spending caps on defense and non-defense spending, put off a raising of the debt ceiling to March 2019 (after this year’s November elections), put the annual deficit over $1.2 trillion and push the nation’s debt over $20 trillion. The following chart summarizes some of the major reductions in spending in the agreement in interest areas of SCG’s members.

Non-Defense Discretionary Funding Increases Under Bipartisal Deal
Yet Remains Below 2010 Level


Note: All amounts exclude funding for disasters, emergencies, program integrity and Overseas Contigency Operations (OPO)
Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities analysis of Data from the Congressional Budget Office, Office of Management and Budget and announced agreement for 2018 and 2019.

You can view the entire summary here. Members can also sign up anytime for our monthly public policy roundup here.
 
PROGRAM ROUNDUP
  • At the “Where Trauma Meets Ethics” program on February 12, Los Angeles County Director of Mental Health Dr. Jon Sherin and other special guests discussed the complexities of Moral Injury and addressed the important role philanthropy can play in understanding and addressing trauma across a spectrum of experiences and populations.
  • On February 13, SCG partnered with the Building Movement Project to discuss the findings from its recently released Race to Lead report which explores the nonprofit racial leadership gap in California. Even in California, we have a lot of work to do. To view the report, please click here.


Race to Lead Panel (l-r): Sean Thomas-Breitfeld, Co-Director, Building Movement Project; Mari Riddle, Executive Director, Grand Performances; Alberto Retana, President & CEO, Community Coalition; Kafi Blumenfield, Trustee, The James Irvine Foundation and Tides; Wendy Chang, Director, Dwight Stuart Youth Foundation

 

COMING UP

 

 

SCG STAFF NEWS

Before I close, I’d like to take this opportunity to express my deep gratitude to my longtime assistant and colleague Cheryl Thomas, who is leaving SCG to move closer to her family. Cheryl has been my right-hand woman for more than two decades across several roles, and I have been so fortunate to partner with her for all this time. Please join me in wishing her the very best in her new adventures!

As always, thank you for being on this journey with us, and please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

 

Christine Essel
President and CEO
Southern California Grantmakers
@Christine_Essel