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Funder Meeting

The Fundamentals of Grantmaking | Session One

Tuesday, April 30 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm


Tuesday, April 30
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Catalyst of San Diego & Imperial Counties
5060 Shoreham Place, Suite 350
San Diego, CA 92122 United States
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Join Catalyst staff and outside experts for the first of our two-part Fundamentals 101 series covering the “nuts and bolts” of Philanthropy. This series will provide attendees with comprehensive insights into various philanthropic practices, along with opportunities for networking and collaboration.

To learn more about the financial side of philanthropy, join us at part two on May 14.

Key Topics Covered:

  • Types of Philanthropy and Foundations: Learn more about the many different vehicles that exist to give, including community foundations, family foundations, and corporate funders.
  • Trust-based Philanthropy: Explore the principles and practices of fostering trust between funders and grantees, promoting more effective and equitable philanthropic relationships.
  • Participatory Grantmaking: Delve into the methodology of involving grantees and stakeholders in decision-making processes, enhancing inclusivity and responsiveness in grant allocation.
  • Advocacy: Understand the role of funders in supporting advocacy efforts, exploring strategies for engaging in policy change and social impact beyond direct funding initiatives.

Lunch will be provided.

Target Audience

Whether you are new to philanthropy or are looking for a refresher, this program is for you.

This program is designed for members of Catalyst. If you are interested in becoming a Catalyst member, please contact [email protected].

If you require any accommodations to fully participate in this program, please contact [email protected]


Danielle LaJoie | Senior Manager of Partnerships & Programming at the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project. 

Danielle LaJoie manages the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project’s growing network of trust-based philanthropy advocates and organizational partners in addition to developing programming for a wide range of philanthropy leaders. Prior to her role at the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project, Danielle served as the Manager of Strategic Programs and Partnerships at Groundworks New Mexico, where she steered collaborative philanthropy initiatives and cultivated organizational partners. She brings nearly a decade of experience working with grantmakers and philanthropy serving organizations to reimagine and reshape the sector.

Rhiannon McAfee | Public Policy Consultant at Catalyst of San Diego & Imperial Counties

Rhiannon McAfee has over 20 years of experience in public policy and advocacy, including with Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest and its associated Action Fund; as the regional field director for the successful No on Propositions 73, 85, and 4 campaigns; as the statewide campaign manager and spokesperson for No on 2: Alaskans Against Government Mandates; identifying, cultivating, and supporting state and national efforts to move the progressive agenda forward through the citizens’ initiative process with the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center (BISC) in Washington DC; and bringing local groups together to increase voter participation with Engage San Diego. McAfee now assists local non-profits with their public policy and advocacy strategy and manages their policy portfolios, campaigns, and plans.

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