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May 2021



Partner Event Tuesday, May 18 - Wednesday, June 30

Mission Investing Institute and Action Cohorts

Join Philanthropy California for the Mission Investing Institute and Action Cohorts, a six-month virtual learning program presented by Mission Investors Exchange and in partnership with National Center for Family Philanthropy. This learning opportunity will deepen your knowledge in impact investing, build relationships with leaders in philanthropy, and provide practical tools to implement an effective impact investing strategy. Beginning October 19, 2021, this experience is designed to help philanthropy professionals gain exposure to approaches that will help them get started in impact investing and advance their…

June 2021



Partner Event Monday, June 7 - Saturday, June 19

Liberation: A Festival of Arts & Culture Honoring Juneteenth

Organized by: Southern California Grantmakers

As more institutions begin recognizing Juneteenth as a national holiday, it is important to uplift and name the Black joy, resistance, and expression that have always been at the core of this jubilant celebration. From June 7 to 19, Southern California Grantmakers invites members and the community to a two-week journey highlighting ten Los Angeles-based Black musicians, cultural workers, and dancers. Register now to receive daily videos showcasing artists and their stories accompanied by guided questions for self-reflection and meditation.…



Webinar Thursday, June 10 @ 9:30 am - Tuesday, June 22 @ 12:00 pm

The Cultural, Historical, & Political Foundations of Racism | FRE Session 1

In order to undo systems of oppression, it is crucial that we begin by understanding the foundations of systemic racism in our country. This introductory session to the Foundations of Racial Equity Series will offer two modules that explore the historical, cultural, and political roots of race and racism in the U.S. Over the course of these two modules, trainers will help participants understand the origins and applications of racial hierarchies, the four interconnected levels of racism - individual, interpersonal, institutional…



Webinar Thursday, June 10 @ 9:30 am - Tuesday, November 16 @ 12:00 pm

Foundations of Racial Equity Series

Anti-Black racism and white supremacy are embedded philanthropy and in our institutions, often invisible to the majority of us, even as we work with intention towards equity and justice. As change agents within philanthropy, we are stretching to become our best selves, rise to the moment, and progress toward racial equity. In order to undo systems of oppression, we need to understand the foundations of systemic anti-Black racism and white supremacy in our country. We are all living in a…



Partner Event Tuesday, June 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Why Care About Care? Our Economy Depends on It

Join Catalyst, Asset Funders Network, and Economic Opportunity Funders for a conversation designed to deepen funder’s understanding of the intersectional/intergenerational issues related to the care economy and lift up key public policies while providing innovative strategies and opportunities for greater funder collaboration to build an equitable care infrastructure. The care economy—historically undervalued and underfunded—is an intersectional and intergenerational issue encompassing childcare, early childhood education, home-based care for older adults and people with disabilities as well as the caregivers who provide…



Every ten years, California adjusts the boundaries of political districts throughout the state to reflect new demographic shifts revealed by data from the Census. With the passage of Proposition 11 — the Voters FIRST Act — in 2008, our state’s redistricting process has been led by an independent panel of 14 citizen commissioners who “redraw the lines” of state and federal political representation every ten years. These decisions shape how our communities are represented, how our public officials are held…



Funder Meeting Wednesday, June 16 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

San Diego Food Funders Meeting

The San Diego Food Funders is a Catalyst funder collaborative that supports the creation of an equitable food system by addressing hunger and other challenges. They stay connected to the latest briefings, learning and information on food insecurity in San Diego County. Areas of interest for the collaborative include: Opportunities to leverage public resources (e.g. federal funding for school meals) Addressing operational inefficiencies in agency food acquisition and distribution Supporting agriculture and food-related entrepreneurship If you require any accommodations to…



Webinar Thursday, June 17 @ 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

June’s Third Thirsty Impact Thursday

Catalyst is getting the band back together with Third Thirsty Impact Thursdays' return on June 17! It's five o'clock somewhere, which is why we're returning for a virtual happy hour to talk about Program-Related Investments. Our light program will include brief opening remarks followed by small group discussions to connect with peers, all while relaxing from the comfort of home. Mark your calendars to join our session led by Lee Barken, CPA, LEED-AP, Chief Community Officer at CollectiveSun, LLC. Lee…



Webinar Friday, June 18 @ 9:30 am - 10:00 am

Friday Morning Refresh

Current conditions continue to place enormous demands on us. Still, we have cause for hope: bold new leadership in many places, budgetary step stones toward a just recovery, and a rising tide of action to disrupt systemic racism. Now, as always, we are each asked to bring clarity, generosity, and courage to our efforts to heal, reimagine, and rebuild toward large-scale change. We are invited to make space, in the midst of urgency, to notice more, re-vision priorities, reconnect with…



California's economy will recover faster than the U.S. post-pandemic, strengthened by the entrepreneurial spirit in the state; technology, entertainment, and logistics industries, and; the development of inland areas, including the Imperial, San Joaquin, and Central valleys (UCLA Anderson Forecast, April 2021). The promise of a quick recovery cannot overshadow the potential for many people across the state to be left out of economic advancement. How can impact investors support a resilient recovery for all Californians? Join us for a discussion…



The harsh and punitive practices that inform America’s criminal justice and immigration enforcement systems have roots in white supremacy, with immigrant communities and communities of color often pitted against each other. Join this webinar, hosted by our partner Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, to learn how narrative and organizing strategies are advancing shared liberation and how philanthropy can support these efforts. If you require any accommodations to fully participate in this program, please contact Speakers Mizue Aizeki, Interim Executive…



Partner Event Thursday, June 24 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

2021 Summer Nonprofit Governance Symposium

Organized by: The Nonprofit Institute

The Nonprofit Institute's 2021 Summer Symposium is centered on Restoring, Rebuilding, and Reconnecting as we venture into a new era of nonprofit governance in San Diego. As the pandemic comes to a close, its impact may remain for years to come. ​How do we make sure nonprofit organizations are best positioned to reopen and reengage?​​ To describe what we have been through is next to impossible. What we know is that nonprofit boards will play a central role in between…

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