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Public Policy

Southern California Grantmakers is at an exciting time in our history. We are expanding upon our more than 40-year legacy of building relationships between the private and public sectors while enhancing the impact of individual and collaborative projects for the public good. To that end, we have inaugurated the new SCG Public Policy Advisory Committee to continue to support our members working in the policy realm. The Committee will work to frame the philanthropy public policy conversation on a local, state and federal level by:

  • Educating SCG members on political and legislative issues affecting philanthropy and the issue areas philanthropy supports.
  • Fostering engagement and collaborations with policymakers and the philanthropic sector to advance the work of philanthropy and build strong communities.

The work of the Committee will help SCG members influence the legislative process and take action on emerging public policy issues that advance the work of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. If you are interested in receiving updates on SCG's public policy work, please edit your profile and indicate your interest in Public Policy & Advocacy under "Professional Development Interests”. Please check back often for the latest news, resources, and events.

For more information, please contact Seyron Foo, Director, Public Policy & Government Relations, at [email protected]


SCG Policy Updates

Thursday, July 12, 2018
August 1, 2018 11:00 am - 12:00 pm This program is a webinar.

Public Policy Resources

Thursday, July 12, 2018
August 1, 2018 11:00 am - 12:00 pm This program is a webinar.

Thursday, June 28, 2018
This month’s Public Policy Roundup includes the Public Policy Institute of California’s recent analysis on the impact census data has on federal funds and California’s spending. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Opposing the Proposed Changes Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA)

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
In 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act created Opportunity Zones, a new community investment program for rural and low-income urban communities.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Planning for the 2020 Census continues to move along at a fast clip, with critical final decisions and testing, refinements to the operational plan, and early preparations occurring this year and next.

Public Policy Events

Tuesday, July 31, 2018
11:00am - 12:00pm
The 2020 Census will likely be the most difficult... more

Monday, September 17, 2018
9:00am - 5:00pm
Fees $400 for SCG members registered by... more

Public Policy News

Monday, July 9, 2018
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... more

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Nearly 120 philanthropic institutions from across the country have signed onto a joint statement in support of children and families seeking refuge in the United States.

Thursday, June 21, 2018
We have all seen reports coming from the border over the past several days and weeks and watched with growing concern for the nearly 2,000 children who have been separated from their families just between April and May.

Thursday, June 21, 2018
There is a newer, emerging narrative about California’s future, and it goes like this: the future of California goes through the Central Valley. 

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... more

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Are you an advocate or activist in the areas of criminal, economic, reproductive, trauma or health justice? Are you looking to get more experience with advocating for policies that create systemic change at the state level?