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October 2021



Conference Tuesday, October 12, 2021 @ 9:30 am - Wednesday, October 13, 2021 @ 12:30 pm

2021 Corporate Philanthropy Institute

Organized by: Northern California Grantmakers

The world is different. We've collectively gone through a shutdown of our everyday lives, ongoing threats to our democracy, expanding divisiveness in our communities, and racial injustice and inequity lay bare. As we rush back to normalcy, this experience offers an opportunity to address the challenges and significant issues we bore witness to over the last year — the opportunity to advance systemic change for our communities and tackle the issues that have plagued our country for generations. There is…



Webinar Wednesday, October 13, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - Wednesday, October 20, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 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…



Funder Meeting Thursday, October 21, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

October’s Third Thirsty Impact Thursday

Third Thirsty Impact Thursdays are back to in person! Join us at The WineSellar & Brasserie in Sorrento Valley, which offers great atmosphere, a seasonal French menu, and fine wines. Out of an abundance of caution, guests must be fully vaccinated to join; we'll also be outdoors and the venue's safety protocols state guests must wear masks when not at their table. This month's gathering will feature the San Diego Community Land Trust and we'll hear about their projects to…



Webinar Friday, October 22, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

State of the Arts: Education

We invite you to join us for the fourth session in a six-part Learning Series in partnership with the Clare Rose Foundation and the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture. State of the Arts: Education, will explore how Creative Youth Development programs are meeting this critical moment for young people. The entire educational system has been brought into a new focus and we are at a pivotal waypoint. The disruption in young people’s education during the pandemic…



Webinar Monday, October 25, 2021 @ 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…



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.…



Funder Meeting Thursday, October 28, 2021 @ 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…

November 2021



Conference Thursday, November 4, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

2021 Catalyst Annual Conference

All In

Registration is now closed. Please contact [email protected] with any questions. As we take intrepid steps forward into a world forever changed, All In examines the skill sets and mindsets being embraced by a wave of leaders who are collectively weaving a new story for our region. Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) President and CEO Marcus Walton will set the stage with insights from leading an international community of 6,000+ funders committed to transforming philanthropic culture and practice. In the way…



Funder Meeting Thursday, November 4, 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…

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