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United Way Home For Good Funders Collaborative (SCG Partner Group)

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The Home For Good Funders Collaborative is a group of public and private funders that have come together to invest in critical solutions to help end homelessness in Los Angeles County. Essential to this work is investing in permanent supportive housing. Prior to the 2011 launch of the Funders Collaborative, each funder distributed their resources in isolation, leaving housing providers to cobble a multitude of funding sources, and preventing funders from leveraging their dollars in a manner that ensured the greatest impact. We have addressed these challenges by bringing together public and private funders to create maximum impact with our limited resources.

Since it first launched, the Home For Good Funders Collaborative has coordinated and leveraged hundreds of millions of dollars in private and public resources, helping move thousands of homeless individuals into permanent housing. This work involves scaling permanent housing with supportive services, such as attention to mental and physical health needs, connection with mainstream benefits, work force development, and number of other tailored services that help with the transition from street to housed, and help individuals remain housed once placed.

The funding leveraged by the Funders Collaborative is phenomenal but the full value of the partnership goes well beyond this financial measure. The Funders Collaborative yields tremendous strategic vision and unique partnerships that create new opportunities to bolster permanent housing and supportive services. One example is the coordinated entry system, which streamlines the housing outreach, navigation, and placement process. This system was first piloted in Skid Row in 2013 and now serves as the model for communities around the nation.

Our table is always open to new funders. Please join us at a monthly meeting to find out more.

Membership Criteria: 
Open only to grantmakers
Focus Area: 
Homelessness / Shelters

Insure The Uninsured Project, Los Angeles Health Action

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LA Health Action’s overarching goal is to improve the health of low-income Los Angeles County communities through policy advocacy and strategic alliances.

LA Health Action is currently a project of Insure the Uninsured Project (ITUP) (http://www.itup.org), a nonprofit organization that increases coverage of California’s uninsured by building consensus on targeted issues among the state’s health leaders. ITUP identifies, assists, and promotes new approaches to expand health care and coverage for California’s uninsured. ITUP conducts research on the uninsured, producing reports and data on health care, insurance coverage, and health reform. ITUP offers technical assistance and consulting services to clinics, counties, health plans, and other interested parties. To assist with implementation of health reform in California, ITUP hosts an annual statewide conference in Sacramento and facilitates nine regional workgroups, including the Los Angeles Health Collaborative, and four statewide issue workgroups on topics affecting the state.

Membership Criteria: 
Open only to grantmakers
Meeting Schedule: 
Monthly
Focus Area: 
HEALTH & WELLNESS;Access to Care

LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment (SCG Partner Group)

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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

Asset Funders Network - Southern CA Chapter

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The Asset Funders Network (AFN) is a national affinity group of interested grantmakers focused on providing a safe space to learn and discuss promising asset-building strategies, research, field standards and long-term solutions. The organization's mission is to increase the capacity of its grantmaker members to effectively promote economic security by supporting efforts that help low- and moderate-income individuals build and protect assets. AFN strives towards the goal of "financial security for all" and believes asset building can empower individuals, families and communities to move forward.

Membership Criteria: 
Open only to grantmakers
Meeting Schedule: 
Other
Focus Area: 
Income / Financial Stability;COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

LA Funders' Collaborative (for Smart Growth and Livable Communities)

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The Los Angeles Funders' Collaborative, a regional affiliate of Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, was launched in 2011 spearheaded by the California Community Foundation and The California Endowment. The Collaborative aims to harness the changes being catalyzed by landmark transportation and environmental policies to create equitable, healthy, sustainable communities in Los Angeles County. The group represents a diversity of funders with a shared commitment to equity.

Membership Criteria: 
Open only to grantmakers
Meeting Schedule: 
Monthly
Focus Area: 
COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT;Land Use / Smart Growth / Transportation

Los Angeles Funders Together to End Homelessness (SCG Partner Group)

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Los Angeles Funders Together to End Homelessness is a regional funders network of Funders Together To End Homelessness (http://www.funderstogether.org/los_angeles_homeless_funders_group). The group aims to build a regional network of private and philanthropic funders working to prevent and end homelessness who:
• Invest in effective, strategic, and innovative grantmaking
• Mobilize leadership, ideas, and partnerships to communicate what works and why
• Promote more efficient use of local, state, and national resources

Membership Criteria: 
Open only to grantmakers
Meeting Schedule: 
Quarterly

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

Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders

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The Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders (SAFSF) is an international network of grantmakers that works to foster communication, shared learning, and information exchange about issues connected to sustainable agriculture and food systems. SAFSF seeks to carry out its mission by providing opportunities for collaboration, increasing awareness of the issues as well as funding needs, and expanding beyond the current membership to increase support and funding for organizations that (i) promote sustainable and just food production; (ii) link to concerns about sustainability and justice of our food system; and/or (iii) connect food production with issues of environmental stewardship, diet and heath, and viability of communities.

Membership Criteria: 
Open only to grantmakers. Paid membership required.
Focus Area: 
Food Systems

Education Funders Group (SCG Partner)

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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.

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

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.

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Membership Criteria: 
Open only to grantmakers
Meeting Schedule: 
Other
Focus Area: 
Aging / Older Adults;POPULATIONS & COMMUNITIES

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.
Focus Area: 
CHILD WELFARE & FOSTER CARE

SCG Environmental Funders Group

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Our recently formed SCG Environmental Funders Group is designed to foster collaboration and share successes and challenges among current environmental funders and those interested in getting more involved in this issue. Participants will meet several times this year to explore opportunities for environment-focused philanthropy here in Southern California and beyond.

SCG Youth Development through Sport 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;Children 0-5;SPORTS & RECREATION;POPULATIONS & COMMUNITIES

SCG College Access Funders Group

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Focus Area: 
EDUCATION;College Access / College Success

SCG Nonprofit Capacity Building Peer Learning Group

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The Nonprofit Capacity Building Peer Learning Group convenes to discuss current capacity building initiatives and strategies for helping grantees overcome fundraising challenges, become sustainable, and build leadership pipelines.

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

Membership Criteria: 
Open to all current SCG members.

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