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August 2021



Funder Meeting Friday, August 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

State of the Arts: Justice

This is the second 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. We'll explore how the arts are vital in producing a just and equitable society. We’ll also discuss the strategy being employed at the national level where a cross-sector and collaborative philanthropy project, the Art for Justice Fund, is “disrupting mass incarceration by funding artists and advocates working together to transform our criminal…



Partner Event Wednesday, August 25 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Census Data Community Summit

Calling all 2020 Census Complete Count Committees, tables, advocates, and partners: the estimates of the 2020 Census count are here! Join us to explore the 2020 Census Data Estimates for the San Diego region - this event is open to the public and free of charge. Hosted by Census Legacies, in collaboration with the U.S. Census Bureau and local partners, this special event offers (1) a series of live demonstrations on how to easily access data and tools directly from official…



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. Each meeting will focus on a theme with short presentations from funders,…



Webinar Tuesday, August 31 @ 9:30 am - Tuesday, September 21 @ 12:00 pm

Healing Justice: An Integral Approach to Advancing Racial Equity | FRE Session 3

Organized by: Philanthropy California

This third session of the Foundations of Racial Equity Series focuses on the importance of healing justice as a strategy, framework, and way of being within philanthropic institutions. The session will focus on internal organizational practices and external opportunities for philanthropy to resource healing justice strategies. In the early 2000’s healing justice was introduced as a political and cultural organizing strategy by BIPOC southern-based organizers responding to white supremacist & xenophobic violence; a conservative backlash post 9/11 and increased fascism…

September 2021



Webinar Wednesday, September 1 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Briefing: Supporting the Afghan Community in San Diego & Imperial County

In light of the unfolding situation in Afghanistan, the trauma it brings to our Afghan neighbors, and the soon-to-be new arrivals, the San Diego Refugee Communities Coalition and Catalyst of San Diego & Imperial Counties will host a briefing for funders and elected officials/public agencies on our community’s response, resilience, and needs. Efforts to address the needs and concerns of residents and those arriving have been under way since early August. Whether you are already doing everything you can or…



Funder Meeting Thursday, September 2 @ 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: Philanthropy California

California is in the midst of another historic wildfire season. Already, several major and lesser known fires have destroyed communities and displaced tens of thousands of residents throughout Northern California. The state of California has secured Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for several counties to support wildfire response and recovery efforts, and more counties are expected to receive federal support in the coming weeks and months. However, there remain gaps into what governments can provide to wildfire survivors in the immediate…



Funder Meeting Thursday, September 9 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Corporate Philanthropy Session

The Corporate Philanthropy Series at Catalyst is designed for people who work in corporate philanthropy. This session will focus on building an ongoing corporate commitment to racial justice that is more permanent and enduring than in-the-moment statements and actions when faced with crises. Qualcomm recently hosted the Racial Justice Giving Initiative (RJGI) showcase. In addition to awarding a total of $500,000 to ten nonprofits doing important work in the field of racial justice, over 450 Qualcomm employees tuned in to…



Partner Event Wednesday, September 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Occupational Segregation and Wealth Stripping – Two Sides of the Same Coin

The pandemic has exposed the hidden rules of our economy and education systems. Our current laws, policies, regulations, normative practices and narratives establish a racial and gender hierarchy of opportunity, ensuring Latinx and Black women are funneled into the lowest paying jobs with few employer benefits. Currently, 90% of occupations are racially segregated in the US, with race and gender being perhaps the most predominant indicators of the type of job someone can land. Research shows that employers pay men…



Funder Meeting Thursday, September 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 Target Audience This meeting is open…



Partner Event Monday, September 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

System Change Investing: What, Why, and How?

Organized by: Philanthropy California

Registration is closed for this event. If you are interested in attending, please contact [email protected] How can institutions and individuals go beyond conventional investing and rethink how investment decisions can better address complex problems such as income inequality and climate change on a deep, systemic level? Join us to hear from leading thinkers and authors at the frontier of investing and impact who will introduce the concept of system-level investing, and share context, tools, and approaches for the California philanthropic…



Webinar Wednesday, September 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

State of the Arts: Health & Wellness

We invite you to join us for the third 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. We’ll explore and learn with national, regional, and local thought leaders about how arts and culture are key drivers in creating healthier communities through cross-sector collaborations and about cutting-edge philanthropic research that prove the ways arts and culture produce positive health outcomes individually and in communities. During…

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