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June 2021



Selecting the right grantee partners requires funders to understand the organization’s programs and services, finances, track record, leadership, and the capacities and skillsets it brings to its work. This is one of the most important roles of a funder, yet, how do you know if an applicant represents a good fit and a smart investment? During this webinar participants will explore the ways in which funders assess a potential grantee, incorporating racial equity perspectives for funders new to the field…

July 2021



Funder Meeting Thursday, July 1 @ 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…



Organized by: Center for Disaster Philanthropy

Native Americans are a richly diverse and growing population, but as an ethnicity, they are disproportionately affected by disasters. This reality is true for those who live on reservations and in urban areas. And yet, Native Americans are greatly underfunded by philanthropy: From 2002 to 2016, large U.S. foundations gave, on average, 0.4% of total annual giving explicitly for Native American communities and causes. The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) is hosting a webinar to explore how funders can increase their…



Funder Meeting Friday, July 9 @ 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



Organized by: Philanthropy California

A California that allows all residents to reach their full potential requires both a focus on racial equity, inclusion, and justice, and a commitment to challenging the systemic issues that permeate our society and government, even in this great state. The ongoing narrative over the last 15 months demonstrates the level of inequity that continues to exist; shows how far we’ve yet to go, and reinforces the need for a long-term commitment to structural change that advances racial equity and…



Partner Event Tuesday, July 13 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

California Worker Voices: Anticipating the Future from the Frontlines

Organized by: The James Irvine Foundation

Please join The James Irvine Foundation to hear from the team at Institute for the Future as they highlight themes and lessons learned from listening to California workers living on low incomes and how their work was directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This listening effort was planned and implemented by Irvine’s program initiatives, Better Careers, Fair Work, Priority Communities, and Impact Assessment & Learning Team in partnership with IFTF. Listening session participants shared stories of their pre-pandemic life, how…



Webinar Thursday, July 15 @ 10:00 am - Thursday, July 22 @ 11:30 am

Racism and the Economy: Understanding Racial Capitalism | FRE Session 2

Organized by: Philanthropy California

In this second session of the Foundations of Racial Equity Series, we explore racial capitalism, which describes the current economic system of extracting social and economic value from a person of a different racial identity. Racial capitalism is based on the theft, exclusion and exploitation of the land, labor, and capital of people of color. Philanthropy—as a social, political, and economic strategy of society’s wealthiest people, mostly white men, and institutions that “do good” while moving wealth without tax exposure—upholds…



Organized by: Philanthropy California

This past year, California encountered its most challenging period in recent history. The pandemic exposed systemic barriers that have long been neglected across health, housing, and the workforce while also illustrating the impact that structural inequities and racism have had on Black, Indigenous, and Latinx older adults who died of COVID-19 at much higher rates. Meanwhile, California faces a profound demographic shift, with the older adult population expected to increase by at least 40 percent by 2030. This demographic shift…



Funder Meeting Monday, July 26 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

State of the Arts: A Vision and Landscape

Join us for a conversation with Mayor Todd Gloria to learn about his vision for the arts and culture sector in San Diego, his commitment to investing in the full range of arts, culture, and heritage programming, and the need to expand philanthropy in San Diego to support the arts, culture, and heritage organizations. He will share his blueprint for arts and culture -- a blueprint that is based on creating equity by focusing on underserved communities that have been…



Webinar Tuesday, July 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Strategies for Impact Investing in Imperial County

Imperial County is located in the Cali Baja Mega-Region, a globally unique bi-national location for business investments that is uniquely placed for foreign trade zones, international distribution capabilities, bi-national alliances, and expansion of business and economic activity on both sides of the border. Imperial County has one of the most productive agricultural industries in California and has also become a hotbed of renewable energy projects, which present opportunities for impact investments. If you're interested in learning more about Imperial County…



Organized by: Philanthropy California

As California wildfires devastate communities throughout the state, significant financial, material, and human resources are deployed to support recovery and reduce their threats on communities. Despite the well-publicized socioeconomic and health impacts of wildfires and philanthropic support, little attention is paid to the experience and needs of incarcerated firefighters. Incarcerated firefighters risk their lives to protect Californians while simultaneously experiencing the racism and oppression of imprisonment and criminalization. At the height of last year’s historic wildfire season, many trained, incarcerated…



Funder Meeting Thursday, July 29 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Military Funders Meeting

The Military Funders is a funder collaboration that focuses on helping military and veteran families in San Diego and Imperial Counties. Military Funders connects Catalyst members and cross-sector partners to learn and explore ways to collectively support local active military personnel, veterans, and their families. Currently exploring mental health issues, the group began its collaborative funding helping with the difficult transition from active duty to civilian status and has recently funded solutions to food and housing insecurity. Target Audience This…

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