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September 2021



Conference Tuesday, September 28 @ 9:30 am - Thursday, September 30 @ 1:00 pm

SoCal Grantmakers 2021 Virtual Annual Conference

Organized by: SoCal Grantmakers

The SoCal Grantmakers 2021 Annual Conference will occur virtually during two half days on Tuesday, September 28th from 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM and Thursday, September 30th from 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM PST. Rise Up: Closing the Racial Wealth Divide is an invitation for funders to confront the wide and persistent racial wealth gap in the United States that has prevented Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other communities of color from building generational wealth and achieving economic prosperity. The racial…

October 2021



Webinar Tuesday, October 5 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Scaling the Use of Loan Guarantees in Impact Investing

The session will demystify the perceived challenges to implementing loan guarantees, such as sourcing opportunities, conducting due diligence, and structuring the deal. The goal is to highlight strategies that utilize partnerships and collaborations with other funders or intermediaries to inspire investments from those who might be hesitant without a guarantee in place. If you're curious about harnessing the power of guarantees to support communities - alongside grants or direct investments - this session is for you. This is the third…



Webinar Wednesday, October 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Investment Strategies to Address Climate Change in California

Organized by: Philanthropy California

In California, heatwaves are becoming more common, snow is melting earlier in spring, and in the southern region, less rain is falling. The state's climate is changing drastically. These changes are likely to further decrease the supply of water, increase the risk of wildfires, and threaten coastal development and ecosystems, impacting the health, livelihoods, and futures of residents across the state. It will require substantive changes to protect what we have today and preserve our natural resources for future generations.…



Partner Event Thursday, October 7 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Addressing Drought Relief and Water Resilience California

Organized by: Philanthropy California

Unprecedented levels of drought continue to plague California and show no signs of slowing down. These historic consequences not only signal the impacts of a changing climate, but also point to the continued over-subscription of available water resources and underscore the importance of directing strategies and funding towards long-term drought response and resilience. Communities across the State are being forced to contend with dire water shortages, drying wells and reservoirs, agriculture and infrastructure challenges, and more, many of which disproportionately…



Funder Meeting Thursday, October 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Funders Together to End Homelessness Meeting

Funders Together to End Homelessness San Diego (FTEHSD) is a collaborative of individual, public and private funders that explore and invest in effective systems change and services to end homelessness in San Diego County. The group is fiscally sponsored by Catalyst. FTEHSD’s goal is to build a San Diego County collaborative of funders who are committed to solving homelessness through leadership, education, and advocacy; strategic collaboration, alignment and focus of resources; and effective promotion and replication of evidence-based practices in…



Funder Meeting Thursday, October 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Health Funders in San Diego & Imperial County

After conversations with numerous San Diego and Imperial regional funders about health and health equity, it was clear there is a desire to understand the landscape of others funding in this area to find opportunities to grow and coordinate efforts. Catalyst is pleased to host this gathering to connect and explore what future dialogue might entail. Participants are invited to share ideas and opportunities, identify challenges we might tackle together, and raise general awareness of the health funding landscape. Participating…



Webinar Wednesday, October 13 @ 1:00 pm - Wednesday, October 20 @ 3:30 pm

Advancing Equity through Organizational Culture and Operations | FRE Session 4

Organized by: Philanthropy California

In this fourth session of the Foundations of Racial Equity series, we will deepen our understanding and awareness of how our identities  impact our work. We will practice discussing experiences of identity, which is out of pattern for most workplaces. In the two modules of this session, participants will engage in conversation and activities to link their identity to their experience of culture and operations within their organizations. We will cover topics like organizational culture, human resources, vendors, operating capital, investments, and…



Funder Meeting Thursday, October 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Early Childhood Funders Meeting

The Early Childhood Funders seek to motivate a sense of urgency around early childhood needs and bring together philanthropists, investors, and public funding to increase access to high-quality early childhood care and education in the San Diego region. Target Audience This meeting is open to all staff and board of Catalyst member organizations and eligible guests who are interested in funding early childhood needs. If you require any accommodations to fully participate in this program, please contact [email protected]



Partner Event Thursday, October 14 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Guaranteed Income: Moving from Pilots to Policy

Millions of Americans are already living paycheck to paycheck without sufficient liquid resources that can be quickly converted into cash to deal with financial shocks. In fact, prior to the pandemic, nearly 40 percent of Americans did not have enough savings on hand to cover a $400 emergency. COVID-19 has exposed long-standing racial and economic inequities that have been left unaddressed. One solution that has gained enormous attention in recent years is a guaranteed basic income. In fact in the…



Funder Meeting Thursday, October 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Binational Migration Funders Meeting

The Binational Migration Funders seek to ensure the legal and wellness needs of all immigrants and refugees who pass from Mexico through San Diego and Imperial Counties are met, and advocates for sustainable permanent immigration infrastructure to meet those needs in the future. The vision of the Binational Migration Funders Collaborative acknowledges the need for a rapid-response as well as a longer-term, movement building strategy. Target Audience This meeting is open to all staff and board of Catalyst member organizations…



Networking Thursday, October 21 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

October’s Third Thirsty Impact Thursday

Mark your calendars! Join Catalyst’s Third Thirsty Impact Thursdays for inspiring talks and good times while networking with impact investing peers. We bring you the latest ideas and conversation on impact investing while building community. More details to follow! If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact [email protected]



Webinar Monday, October 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Advocacy 101

Much of our time is spent fine-tuning effective grantmaking and investment practices, but how many of us look at the policies that create a need for grantmaking? This session will explore a powerful tool that is available to you and your grantees/investees: advocacy. While funding can address impacts that have already occurred, changes in public policy yield a new environment that creates opportunity and prevents disproportionate outcomes in people's lives. Simply put, advocacy leverages the impact of available funds so…

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