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January 2021



Partner Event Thursday, January 28 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Right Recovery Town Hall: Leveraging Big Buyers for Small Business

Organized by: San Diego EDC

San Diego Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is convening a series of “Right Recovery Town Halls” that explore employer-led, market-driven best practices for creating skilled talent, quality jobs, and thriving households. The first of these virtual town halls will focus on leveraging large buyers to preserve and create quality small business jobs. EDC will release preliminary results of the data we have collected, as well as recommendations on how our region can collaborate to grow the pool of small and diverse business…



Webinar Friday, January 29 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

COVID and Community: Outreach and Messaging About the Vaccine

While elections come and go, the trusting relationships between residents and community groups that lead to voter turnout are critical throughout the year. This type of civic engagement support helps people access City and County processes; understand their children’s educational rights; receive information about health and wellness; and more. Today, those relationships offer the opportunity to ensure that every person understands and can access a life-saving vaccine. The Census 2020 group that led our region to outperform the past 20…

February 2021



Funder Meeting Thursday, February 4 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Funders Together to End Homelessness Meeting

This is a meeting of Funders Together to End Homelessness San Diego (FTEHSD), a collaboration facilitated by Catalyst. Funders Together to End Homelessness meetings are open to FTESD members, Catalyst members, and invited guests who are interested in supporting investments to end homelessness. We respectfully request that attendees refrain from engaging in fundraising and other development activities at all Catalyst events. Contact Amy Denhart, Director of Funders Together to End Homelessness San Diego, at or (858) 875-3331 for more…



Partner Event Tuesday, February 9 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

An Equitable and Resilient Future: Perspectives from Philanthropic Leaders

Philanthropy and the nonprofits they support we’re engaged in incredible work at the start of 2020. But the world drastically changed in March of last year. As we battle with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it's disproportionate effect on BIPOC communities, and witness a rise in insurgency to our democratic principles, we are reminded of our constant struggle with the historical and generational pandemics of anti-Black racism and white supremacy. It's as crucial as ever to ask, what does all of…



Partner Event Tuesday, February 16 @ 10:00 am - Thursday, February 18 @ 2:30 pm

Full Cost Project Workshop

Join Nonprofit Finance Fund and Philanthropy California to advance full cost practices for the nonprofit sector by participating in a remote learning series in February. This workshop series invites you to take what you’ve learned as a nonprofit leader or funder and help pave the way for others to have transformative conversations about more equitable funding practices. We intuitively understand: the less nonprofits stress about money, the better they do. That’s pretty straight forward. So it may come as a relief to know that…



A trust-based culture—one that prioritizes power-sharing, dialogue, transparency, and learning—is essential to cultivating relationships of trust within organizations. Simply put, being a trust-based organization requires there to be trust within your organization—among staff, between staff and board, and between the board and the CEO. When this trust is broken, or if it is never built to begin with, it can seep into the external aspects of your work with the potential of threatening your relationships, credibility, and reputation. In this…

March 2021



Partner Event Tuesday, March 16 @ 12:00 pm - Thursday, March 25 @ 12:00 pm

Foundations on the Hill 2021

Join us virtually for Foundations on the Hill (FOTH), a multi-day event that brings together hundreds of foundation leaders from across the country to meet with Congress and discuss issues of critical importance to philanthropy. FOTH is your opportunity to share the work of philanthropy so that Members of Congress can take the best practices developed from your grantmaking and scale it up to improve the lives of millions who call our country home. As we approach a critical year…



Trust-based philanthropy is anchored in an understanding of power and privilege, historical and systemic racism and structural oppression, and how these shape people’s realities in profoundly different ways. As grantmakers, we have a responsibility to confront the reality that philanthropy originated from and has often contributed to systemic inequities, both in the ways wealth is accumulated and its dissemination is controlled. While these discussions may be challenging and difficult, this type of self-reflection is fundamental to the work of trust-based…

April 2021



Trust-based philanthropy encourages us to rethink our notions of traditional philanthropic roles, which tend to prioritize transactions over relationships. In fact, a trust-based approach encourages us to understand our roles as partners working in service of nonprofits and communities. Traditional Philanthropy has institutionalized and perpetuated harmful tropes about funders as experts and nonprofits as needy people who need to be held accountable. This has been perpetuated institutionally through our grantmaking practices, but also in less obvious ways, such as job…

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