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The ability to predict or the action of predicting what will happen or be needed in the futur




Foresight Philanthropy

Registration has closed. Please contact Bethanie Milteer at [email protected] to register.

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. 

In the early 20th century, futurists were inspired by speed, technology, and modernity to create an avant-garde art movement. More recently, the private sector has been using foresight to analyze trends and recognize patterns to determine what is possible, preferable, and probable in the future.

Why futurism? Because shifting demographics and cutting-edge technologies are changing the world we live in faster than ever. Nonprofits and social movements are already adjusting the ways in which they are working to meet new challenges and opportunities from artificial intelligence to climate change. 

Now, it’s our turn. How can philanthropy prepare and adapt to the coming societal and environmental transformations? How can we anticipate and act on what our particular communities will need? How do we pave future-focused pathways that are equitably accessible to all people, especially those with marginalized identities? In doing so, how can we learn from our history in order to do better and avoid the mistakes of the past? 

This is a time of great urgency and tremendous possibility. We have the opportunity to adopt the tools of futurism to move our grantmaking practices and cross-sector collaboration strategies forward into a dramatically different tomorrow. 

Join over 600 colleagues for a day filled with interactive plenaries, inspiring keynote speakers, and skill-building workshops designed to propel us into Foresight Philanthropy. 


Conference Advisors

Melanie Audette, Senior Vice President, Mission Investors Exchange

Candace Cable, Inclusionist, Mizrahi Family Charitable Fund

Gita Cugley, Consultant, Southern California Grantmakers

Amy Dominguez-Arms, Consultant, Philanthropy California

John Garcia III, President, Chief Deputy of Strategic Partnerships & Innovation, Greater LA Education Foundation

James Herr, Program Officer, Annenberg Foundation

Anne-Marie Jones, Vice President, Grants & Programs, LA84 Foundation

Piper Kamins, Program Officer, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation

Shaheen Kassim-Lakha, Director, Strategic Partnerships, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Heather McCulloch, Founder & Executive Director, Closing the Women’s Wealth Gap

Tyler Nickerson, First Vice President, Amalgamated Bank

Allie Olson, Executive Director, LIFT-Los Angeles

Dominique Raymond, Strategy Director, Lumina Foundation

Angela Sanchez, Program Officer, College Success, ECMC Foundation

Melina Sanchez, Program Officer, The James Irvine Foundation

Rosemary Veniegas, Senior Program Officer, Health, California Community Foundation

Nichol Whiteman, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation

Rachel Wick, Senior Program Officer, Blue Shield of California Foundation