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Education Funders Group

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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-conveners are Dorothy Fleisher, Program Director, W. M. Keck Foundation, and Peter Rivera, Senior Program Officer, Education, California Community Foundation.

Funding Areas 
Membership Criteria: 
Welcomes funders interested in education issues
Meeting Schedule: 
Quarterly
Focus Area: 
EDUCATION

Funders Alliance for San Bernardino and Riverside Counties

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Leaders from the largest funders of nonprofits and quality of life causes in Riverside and San Bernardino counties have come together to form the Funder's Alliance of the Inland Empire. The Funder's Alliance is a collaborative group of large regional funding agencies that have joined together to increase communication, collaboration, and coordination among each other. The primary goals of the Alliance include:

• Regional networking and information sharing between large funders
• Advocacy for the needs of the region
• Leveraging of funds to maximize impact on common goals
• Increasing the capacity of service providers within the region

Membership Criteria: 
Open only to grantmakers.
Meeting Schedule: 
Bi-Monthly
Listserv Contact: 
https://www.socalgrantmakers.org/contact-funders-alliance-san-bernardino-riverside-counties

LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment

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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: 
Membership in the Partnership is open to public, private and individual funders, and businesses interested in leveraging grant dollars in early childhood issues. Membership is flexible based on a foundation’s ability to contribute financially.
Meeting Schedule: 
Quarterly
Focus Area: 
Early Childhood Education

Los Angeles Arts Funders

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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.
Membership Criteria: 
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.
Meeting Schedule: 
Bi-Monthly
Focus Area: 
ARTS & CULTURE

SCG College Access Funders Group

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All educational grantmaking focused on supporting young people in becoming successful adults. This group focuses on the specific work required to support students in becoming eligible for, prepared for and successful in college. College, in this case, includes not just four year degree programs, but also the two year and certificate programs, which constitute approximately half of the unmet workforce needs for the state.

This group is designed to elevate issues for awareness and discussion, share information about organizations in the field and highlight promising practices.

Meeting Schedule: 
Other
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Focus Area: 
EDUCATION;College Access / College Success

SCG Foundation Aging Network

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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 only to grantmakers
Meeting Schedule: 
Quarterly
Listserv Contact: 
Focus Area: 
Aging / Older Adults;POPULATIONS & COMMUNITIES

SCG Health Funders Group

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The importance of health in our community has only continued to grow. A recent meeting with the Health Care Advisory Group acknowledged the need for ongoing connections with all health funders that continue to build this network by informing them of emerging issues, supporting skill building and encouraging collaboration.

Going forward, the Health Care Advisory Group will become SCG Health Funders Group. As in the past, the group will plan two topic-specific convenings yearly. These convenings may be health care-specific or intersecting health with other funding areas, such as education, housing and domestic violence, among others. Members with specific expertise in identified focus areas are encouraged and will be asked to share their knowledge with the group and/or co-lead sessions.

To maximize connections and facilitate collaboration, we will add four peer learning meetings to the yearly calendar. These facilitated sessions will provide a forum for updates on critical issues, highlights of promising programs and opportunities for collaboration. The peer learning meetings will also inform the topic-specific convenings.

Membership Criteria: 
All SCG members with an interest and expertise in health are eligible to attend both the topic-specific convenings and the peer learning groups. Peer learning is most successful with a consistent, committed group. Participation in all convenings is highly encouraged.
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 LA County Child Welfare Collaborative

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The purpose of the SCG Foster Care Funders Collaborative is to 1) focus on policy reform and related advocacy efforts in the areas of child welfare and foster care; and 2) to explore opportunities for private support for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services related projects.

These public/private partnerships may include co-funding, pooled funds, or other mechanisms that we hope will yield the leverage of “collective impact.”  

Preliminary meetings will establish the group's direction, review potential projects and discuss areas for future collaboration. We will meet quarterly beginning in late February.

 

Membership Criteria: 
Open to all SCG members who have an interest in funding foster care and child welfare initiatives and in working with LA County Department of Children and Family Services to improve the foster care system.
Meeting Schedule: 
Quarterly
Focus Area: 
CHILD WELFARE & FOSTER CARE

SCG Veterans Funders Group

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Led by SCG members, the Veterans Funders Group convenes to address opportunities for collaboration and investment in support of veterans.

Please contact Dave Sheldon, Vice President of Programs and Strategic Initiatives, at [email protected] for more information.

Focus Area: 
Veterans / Military Families;POPULATIONS & COMMUNITIES

SCG Sports-Based Youth Development Peer Learning Group

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In response to expressed interest from many members, SCG has put together an informal group for funders who support youth development through sport activities to network with one another. This informal peer learning group will convene to share best practices, research, and ideas about how youth sports can achieve important philanthropic results with the following objectives: • Identify opportunities for collaboration or partnership • Raise awareness of the correlation between youth sport and other components of youth development • Serve increased numbers of youth through sport • Increase the knowledge of sport and its impact on youth Youth development is an area of interest for most foundations. Whether your funding goals are targeted to preventing violence, reducing obesity, lowering teen pregnancy rates or combating other risky behaviors, chances are you are interested in programs directed to youth. Please contact Program Manager Kameron Green at [email protected] with any questions.
Membership Criteria: 
Open to all funders interested in youth development through sport and how it impacts healthy communities (as well as prospective members).
Meeting Schedule: 
Other
Listserv Contact: 
To join the listserv for this group, please contact Kameron Green at [email protected]
Focus Area: 
Youth Sports / Recreation;Teens / Young Adults;Children 6-12;Community Recreation / Parks;Children 0-5;SPORTS & RECREATION;POPULATIONS & COMMUNITIES

Ventura County Funders Forum

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Southern California Grantmakers and First 5 Ventura County are pleased to sponsor the Ventura County Funders Forum, a forum for foundations, grant makers and funders who support charitable organizations in Ventura County, advancing the public good and the work of nonprofits. All organizations that provide grants to nonprofit organizations in Ventura County are welcome to attend and participate in a forum designed to educate, inform, share and collaborate where similar goals, charitable intent, multiple visions, dedicated philanthropy and informed experience can find common ground.

Membership Criteria: 
Open only to grantmakers
Meeting Schedule: 
Quarterly