Rising to the Challenge
Smart Growth California’s statewide funder convening brings together grantmakers to learn, connect, and take action.
You are invited to join us for our Smart Growth California statewide funder convening, which brings together grantmakers to learn, connect, and take action.
February 1 is the last day to register- sign up today!
The Smart Growth California statewide funder convening is for funders from throughout California and the nation who are working to create healthy, equitable, and sustainable communities and regions in California.
Our 2017 funder convening will cover a wide range of topics including: the 2016 elections; affordable housing and displacement; climate change, cap-and-trade, and disadvantaged communities; the drought and water issues; innovations in regional planning; building power and civic engagement; and supporting access to opportunity for all Californians, particularly low-income residents. Registration is now closed.
The convening is being produced in partnership with The San Diego Foundation, San Diego Grantmakers, the University of San Diego, The California Endowment, California Community Foundation, and the Jacobs Center.
Why should you attend?
- You’ll hear from thought leaders, advocates, and other experts about the latest policy developments and opportunities in California.
- You’ll share insights and best practices with peers, plus identify actions to take both individually and collectively.
- You’ll build new connections with funders who are part of the large and growing Smart Growth California community.
- You will be able to engage with other funders and advocates in discussions about key opportunities and strategic priorities.
- You will hear from leading advocates and state officials about key state policies and programs that can address climate change and support disadvantaged communities.
- You will learn from state leaders and funders about California’s uncertain water future, and how regions, cities, and communities can manage their increasingly scarce water resources.
- You will learn about strategies and tools for preserving and building more affordable housing, and for preventing displacement in low-income communities.
- You will learn about key strategies for building the voice and power of low-income communities and communities of color through leadership development, community organizing, and integrated voter engagement.
- You will learn about innovative work being done by other funders to address equity, climate change, healthy communities, water, affordable housing, displacement, parks, and more.
When and Where Will the Event Take Place?
The statewide funder convening will be held in San Diego from February 8-10, 2017. The first day of the convening will be at the Courtyard Marriott San Diego Airport/Liberty Station; the second and third days will be held at The San Diego Foundation. Register today and stay tuned for more information soon.
Where to Stay:
The Funders’ Network has reserved a small block of rooms at the Courtyard Marriott San Diego Airport/Liberty Station. To book your room, call the hotel directly at (800) 321-2211 and reference the “Funders Network,” or group code “FNG.” Unfortunately, the deadline to receive the discounted room rate has passed.
Who Should Attend?
This meeting is for donors, staff, directors, and trustees of grantmaking institutions throughout California and the nation. We welcome funders wherever they are in the continuum of learning about and engaging in this work.
Courtyard Marriott San Diego Airport/ Liberty Station
2592 Laning Road
San Diego, California 92106
The San Diego Foundation
2508 Historic Decatur Rd., Ste. 200
San Diego, CA 92106
There is a modest registration fee of $250 to participate in this convening for funders who are not members of the Funders’ Network. If you can only attend for one day, we have a special one-day rate of $100. Members of San Diego Grantmakers, Northern California Grantmakers, and Southern California Grantmakers may register for a discounted rate of $200. There is no registration fee to attend this convening for members of the Funders’ Network.
- Geoff Anderson, President & CEO, Smart Growth California
- Ludovic Blain, Director, Color of Democracy Project
- Ashley Conrad-Saydah, Deputy Secretary for Climate Policy, CalEPA
- Wade Crowfoot, CEO, Water Foundation
- Tony Dang, Executive Director, California Walks
- Veronica Garibay, Co-Founder and Co-Director, Leadership Council for Justice and Accountability
- Todd Gloria, California State Assemblyman
- Nicola Hedge, Director, Environmental Initiatives, The San Diego Foundation
- Reginald Jones, President & CEO, Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
- Carey Knecht, Director, ClimatePlan
- Richard Marcantonio, Managing Attorney, Public Advocates
- Felicia Marcus, Chair, State Water Resources Control Board
- Geeta Rao, Senior Program Director, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
- Robert Ross, M.D, President & CEO, The California Endowment
- Shamus Roller, Executive Director, National Housing Law Project
- Ramla Sahid, Executive Director, Partnership for Advancement of New Americans
- Alvaro Sanchez, Environmental Equity Director, The Greenlining Institute
- Amy Schur, Campaign Director, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE)
- Parin Shah, Senior Strategist, Asian Pacific Environmental Network Empowerment (APEN)
- Diane Takvorian, Executive Director, Environmental Health Coalition
- Karla Zombro, Field Director, California Calls
Wednesday, February 8 at the Courtyard Marriott Liberty Station
9:00 am – 10:15 am Registration
10:15 am – 3:15 pm Mobile Workshop
- By visiting key sites in San Diego, including one at the border, you will get a first-hand look at innovative ways that San Diego communities are addressing climate change, water issues, housing and gentrification, public spaces and art, transportation, and neighborhood revitalization.
3:15 pm – 4:00 pm Registration
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Convening
- Opening Plenary: Moving San Diego Forward by Addressing Climate and Equity
- Philanthropic Innovation and Leadership in California
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Welcome Reception
7:30 pm Dinner at Solare Italiano Ristorante
Thursday, February 9 at The San Diego Foundation
7:30 am – 8:30 am Registration and Breakfast
8:30 am – 5:15 pm Convening
- Moving Forward Together after the 2016 Elections
- Leveraging Billions for Transit, Parks, and Housing in California
- California Leads the Way on Climate Change and Equity
- Cap-and-trade Program
- Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund
- Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities
- Transformative Climate Communities
- Adapting to California’s Uncertain Water Future
- Addressing Housing and Displacement in California
6:15 pm – 9:00 pm Reception and Dinner at the University of San Diego
Friday, February 10 at The San Diego Foundation
7:30 am – 8:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am – 12:30 pm Convening
- Creating Sustainable Equitable, Healthy, Regions: Key Opportunities Ahead
- Building Power and Civic Engagement to Drive Change
- Concluding Conversations, Key Learnings and Defining Next Steps
We would like to thank our planning committee for their ideas, guidance, and assistance in planning this convening:
- Kelvin Alfaro, Central Valley Community Foundation
- Steve Eldred, The California Endowment
- Nicola Hedge, The San Diego Foundation
- Reginald Jones, Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
- Ann Sewill, California Community Foundation
- Mark Valentine, ReFrame It Consulting
- Emily Young, University of San Diego