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Issue Based Group

Child & Family Well-Being Collaborative

Group Type: 
Child & Family Well-Being Collaborative group convenes quarterly to focus on policy reform and related advocacy efforts in the areas of child welfare and foster care; and to explore opportunities for private support for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services related projects.
Membership Criteria: 
Open to SCG members
Meeting Schedule: 
Quarterly
Focus Area: 
CHILD WELFARE & FOSTER CARE

LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment

Group Type: 
LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment (the Partnership) is a philanthropic funding collaborative comprised of some of the country's largest private foundations, impactful family foundations and public funders of early childhood development. The LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment is dedicated to realizing the potential of every child in Los Angeles County. We are a diverse collaboration of funders and government agencies that promotes innovations to prepare children for success when it is most effective and impactful for us all: in the earliest years.
Membership Criteria: 
Open to grantmakers and businesses interested in leveraging grant dollars in early childhood issues,
Meeting Schedule: 
Quarterly
Focus Area: 
Early Childhood Education

Los Angeles Arts Funders

Group Type: 
LA Arts Funders is a peer learning group that provides opportunities for public and private sector grantmakers to deepen their knowledge of arts philanthropy, expand their professional networks, and explore topical issues affecting LA County's arts and culture ecosystem. LA Arts Funders is open to public and private sector grantmakers that fund arts grants in the Southern California region. Grantmaking organizations that also solicit funds are expected to designate representatives whose role involves program and/or policy, not solely development. Philanthropic consultants must be current members of Southern California Grantmakers.
Membership Criteria: 
Open to grantmakers. Consultants can join as long as they are SCG members
Meeting Schedule: 
Bi-Monthly
Focus Area: 
ARTS & CULTURE

SCG Education Funders Group

Group Type: 

Meeting for over a decade, the Education Funders Group brings philanthropic funders together to learn about issues, trends, and needs in the field of education (Pre K through 12th grade) to inform individual and collective grantmaking. Ideas for topics are proposed by funders, who work with the co-conveners to organize a learning session. Over the years, the group has explored a variety of topics, including early childhood education, after school programming, parent engagement, blended learning, linked learning, STEM, implementation of the common core, and college access/college success. Founded by Ray Reisler, former Executive Director of the S. Mark Taper Foundation, the group's current co-chairs are Dorothy Fleisher, Program Director, W. M. Keck Foundation, and Peter Rivera, Senior Program Officer, Education, California Community Foundation.

Funding Areas 
Membership Criteria: 
Open to SCG members or previous GFE members
Meeting Schedule: 
Quarterly
Focus Area: 
EDUCATION

SCG Environmental Funders Group

Group Type: 

The SCG Environmental Funders Group meets quarterly to educate funders about environmental challenges and opportunities in Southern California, share lessons learned, and foster collaboration.

Meeting Schedule: 
Quarterly
Focus Area: 
ENVIRONMENT & SUSTAINABILITY

SCG Foundation Aging Network

Group Type: 
An informal group of grantmakers from across all of Southern California interested in sharing issues related to serving an older adult population.
Funding Areas 
Membership Criteria: 
Open to SCG members
Meeting Schedule: 
Quarterly
Listserv Contact: 
Focus Area: 
Aging / Older Adults;POPULATIONS & COMMUNITIES

SCG Health Funders Group

Group Type: 

The SCG Health Funders Group convenes multiple times a year to explore emerging issues in healthcare and health policy through an intersectional approach. The group hosts topic-based and peer-to-peer learning sessions. These facilitated sessions will provide a forum for updates on critical issues, highlights of promising programs and opportunities for collaboration.

Membership Criteria: 
Open to SCG members
Meeting Schedule: 
Quarterly
Listserv Contact: 
Focus Area: 
HEALTH & WELLNESS;Access to Care (Primary / Specialty / Dental);Mental Health;Medical Research;Health Care Delivery Systems;Social Determinants of Health

SCG Veterans Funders Group

Group Type: 

The Veteran Funders Group focuses on members’ response efforts in relation to veterans and military families, trends and challenges our nonprofit partners are facing, and opportunities for philanthropy to take a strategic role in our region’s veteran space in the months and years to come. Meetings are led by SCGs Veteran Issues Consultant – Nate Graeser.

Membership Criteria: 
Open to SCG members
Meeting Schedule: 
Monthly
Focus Area: 
Veterans / Military Families;POPULATIONS & COMMUNITIES