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October 2021



Partner Event Thursday, October 7, 2021 @ 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…



Partner Event Thursday, October 7, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Understanding Violence and Prevention During a Pandemic

Organized by: Hope and Heal Fund

Join Hope and Heal Fund and Berkeley Media Studies Group (BMSG) for a webinar to discuss their new and upcoming publication titled “Understanding Violence and Prevention During a Pandemic.” The study, part of a larger collaboration between BMSG and the Hope and Heal Fund, revealed several promising findings: News coverage of gun violence, including police violence, is on the rise; Reporters are increasingly identifying the role of racism in perpetuating violence, with 25% of articles about police violence mentioning “racism”…



Partner Event Thursday, October 14, 2021 @ 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…



Organized by: Philanthropy California

The worsening drought, heatwaves, and wildfires in California will require urgent and coordinated efforts from the philanthropic sector to support community response, recovery, and long-term resilience. Philanthropy California invites funders who are currently responding or looking to respond to our current natural hazard crises to participate in our monthly funders discussion that addresses immediate and emergent community challenges, as well as opportunities to build climate and disaster resilience. The discussion theme for this session is enhancing wildfire mitigation in California.…

November 2021



Partner Event Thursday, November 18, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Money, money, money – Beyond philanthropy: What is the role of public dollars?

Every year, disasters and humanitarian crises affect millions of people globally. Millions of philanthropic dollars are distributed to the thousands of organizations across the charitable sector in the U.S. and other countries in response to these emergencies. This funding is dwarfed by the billions of dollars invested by governments worldwide. To help understand where funding comes from and how the dollars are used, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) and Candid produce the annual Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy report. This report also…

January 2022



Partner Event Tuesday, January 18 @ 12:00 pm

National Day of Racial Healing

Organized by: W. K. Kellogg Foundation

The W. K. Kellogg Foundation invites you in observing the sixth annual National Day of Racial Healing. The day is an opportunity to bring all people together in their common humanity and inspire collective action to create a more just and equitable world. Last January, in the wake of the violent insurrection that occurred Jan. 6, thousands of people participated by viewing the virtual event and through more than 100 local events held across the nation. The discussions included insights…

February 2022



Partner Event Thursday, February 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Foundation Aging Network Meeting

Organized by: SoCal Grantmakers

SoCal Grantmakers' Foundation Aging Network is hosting a virtual meeting with Susan DeMarois, the new Director of the California Department of Aging. At this meeting, attendees will: Hear from Susan DeMarois on her vision and plans to 2022 and beyond, Learn more about how California Meals on Wheels is working with their local members to establish a statewide network as part of CalAIM expansion, and Share with your foundation colleagues key information and updates from your organization. Target Audience This program…

March 2022



Conference, Partner Event Monday, March 14 - Wednesday, March 16

The Funders Network’s 2022 Annual Conference: Seize the Moment

Organized by: The Funders Network

Registration is open for The Funders Network’s 2022 Annual Conference: Seize the Moment, scheduled for March 14-16 in San Diego! The Funders Network (TFN) — a robust network of more than 170 grantmaking institutions, including place-based and community foundations as well as state, regional and national funders — works to expand learning, foster collaboration and catalyze action that moves our communities toward environmental, economic and racial justice. TFN’s 2022 Annual Conference will take place at the US Grant Hotel in…



Partner Event Tuesday, March 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

The Power of Water: Building a More Resilient, Equitable Future for All

Organized by: Philanthropy California

A virtual convening featuring Governor Gavin Newsom in conversation with state water leaders. Now is the time to permanently usher in an approach to California water that puts us on a path to equity and climate resilience. The state’s recent $15 billion commitment to address climate change, which includes more than $5 billion for drought relief and water management, has opened a window of opportunity for transformative change. Philanthropy has a pivotal role to play in making sure these and…

April 2022



Partner Event Thursday, April 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Giving Hour

This virtual session is for donors (of any level) who want to learn more about giving practices in order to achieve greater impact in their communities. Join us and your peers to share tips and strategies you can use right away to enhance your giving and meet others doing the same. Seasoned philanthropy experts from Catalyst of San Diego & Imperial Counties, Impact Cubed/Leichtag Foundation, and San Diego Social Venture Partners will facilitate the conversation. Target Audience This program is…

May 2022



Partner Event Tuesday, May 3 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Reclaiming the Power of Narratives

Organized by: SoCal Grantmakers

Join SoCal Grantmakers to chat with Stephen Satterfield — food writer and the founder of Whetstone Magazine and host of the hit Netflix show, “High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America.” Stories are the most powerful and pervasive force in our society. Stories define narratives and shape our views on a variety of issues and inform how we cultivate empathy. Stories shift and shape culture — and therefore have the capacity to change culture. In our work…



Networking, Partner Event Tuesday, May 24 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Springtime on the Sky Deck: AiPSD Mixer

Organized by: Advisors in Philanthropy San Diego

Springtime on the Sky Deck! Advisors in Philanthropy San Diego invites you to connect with old friends and make new connections at our next networking event on Tuesday, May 24, 4:00-6:00PM.  As philanthropic advisors, we operate in a unique space - helping people manage their wealth and channel their generosity. When we do our work well, our impact grows the field of philanthropy and moves more resources to the nonprofits doing important work every day.   Grow your impact through this…

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