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October 2021



Networking Thursday, October 21 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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, November 9 @ 9:30 am - Tuesday, November 16 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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…

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