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November 2021



Webinar Tuesday, November 9, 2021 @ 9:30 am - Tuesday, November 16, 2021 @ 12:00 pm

Grantmaking with a Racial Equity Lens | Foundations of Racial Equity Session 5

Organized by: Philanthropy California

Anti-Black racism and white supremacy are embedded in 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 cannot shift systems or our…



Funder Meeting Tuesday, November 9, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Effective Messaging Strategies for Housing as a Solution to Homelessness

Moving people into permanent housing is critical to ensuring the experience of homelessness is rare, brief, and one time. Register now and join us to learn more about the power of messaging and what works to help San Diegans consider housing as a solution to homelessness. If you require any accommodations to fully participate in this program, please contact [email protected] In Partnership With



Funder Meeting Thursday, November 11, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

STEAM Funders Meeting

The STEAM Funders support education and training that contributes to a workforce pipeline trained in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, with strong creativity and interpersonal skills. Established in July 2016, the STEAM Funders collaborative at Catalyst maintains strong connections to the San Diego STEM Ecosystem Initiative spearheaded by Fleet Science Center and also explores other opportunities to contribute to this field. This collaborative focuses on building opportunities for women/girls and students of color and advancing digital equity. Target Audience This…



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…



Webinar Friday, November 19, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Activating Your Endowment for Good

Do you want to make sure that every part of your philanthropic effort moves your mission forward? You know what happens when you contribute funds to nonprofits, but what's going on with the 95% of your money that is wisely invested to drive future grantmaking? Join us to find out how to activate those dollars right alongside charitable donations and grants. We'll hear from funders what internal and external changes are necessary to make sure that your investments are also…

December 2021



Funder Meeting Thursday, December 2, 2021 @ 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…



Webinar Tuesday, December 7, 2021 @ 10:00 am - Tuesday, December 14, 2021 @ 12:00 pm

Awake to Woke to Work: A Framework for Racial Equity in Your Organization | FRE Session 6

Organized by: Philanthropy California

This sixth session of the Foundations of Racial Equity series explores Equity in the Center's “Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture” publication and framework. Equity in the Center’s research is designed to support leaders as they build and expand their organization’s capacity to advance race equity and transform their culture. In these modules, we’ll engage in a critical conversation on the cases, tactics, and tools that will drive action to combat structural racism in the philanthropic…



Webinar Wednesday, December 8, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Emerging Initiatives to Build Equitable, Affordable Housing

Organized by: Philanthropy California

An estimated 161,000 unhoused individuals live in California, more than a quarter of the nationwide total (580,000) according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. While the state's acute housing affordability crisis is decades in the making, we are at a tipping point to take the steps necessary to turn the tide. Governor Gavin Newsom's recent California Comeback Plan includes a historic $22 billion worth of investments in affordable housing and other strategies to address homelessness. Join Philanthropy…



Webinar Thursday, December 9, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Engaging Indigenous Leadership in Climate and Disaster Resilience

Organized by: Philanthropy California

Increasing impacts from climate change are testing the resiliency of Native peoples and cultures throughout the West. This is exacerbated by more than a century of forced displacement and wealth extraction, marginalization through discriminatory policies and institutions, and land mismanagement by government agencies. As sovereign peoples and nations whose waters and lands are integral to their traditions, livelihoods, and well-being, they are the first and most severely affected by both gradual and sudden onset of climate events, such as sea-level…



Funder Meeting Thursday, December 9, 2021 @ 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 Target Audience This meeting is open…

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…



Wednesday, January 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 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…

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