Funder Network on Trauma & Resilience

Purpose Statement

Foster a vibrant, engaging funder learning community that meaningfully increases the impact of individual and collective efforts to address adversity and build resilience in the Bay Area.

The science on childhood adversity has given us a powerful new lens to understand human health and development — with implications for how we raise our children; how we might prevent, treat, and manage illness; how we can support children to learn and thrive in school; and how we build resilient communities. Growing momentum around this topic - whether framed around adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), toxic stress, trauma (or otherwise) is apparent across our community. In many ways, Bay Area organizations are leading the way. As a funder, staying on top of research and best practice, navigating emerging debates, and better understanding how other funders are making sense of this field is a full-time job. That’s where this idea emerged: to create a quarterly forum for learning, debate, and relationship building across Bay Area funders working in the childhood adversity and trauma space.

Events

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 11:00am

As public awareness about the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) grows, there have been a number of legislative initiatives within the state of California designed to support the screening, prevention, and treatment of childhood trauma.

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 9:00am

The California Criminal Justice Funders Group is an active learning community, which comes together regularly to share information, learn from one another and from criminal justice advocates and thought-leaders, create partnerships

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 6:30pm

There are a greater number of forcibly displaced people in the world today than at any time since the end of World War II, and the Bay Area has welcomed many of these individuals.

News

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Rajni Dronamraju is the Senior Manager, Charitable Giving at Genentech. As a part of our Member Spotlight Series, Rajni told us about her passion project, and why she's interested in learning from her funder peers in our community.

Resources

On September 25th, the Funder Network on Trauma & Resilience hosted a forum to discuss successes and challenges in measuring the effectiveness of different approaches to addressing trauma and building resilience, across a variety of practice settings.  Through panel and group discussion, attendees had a chance to reflect on a common question in this space: how do we define success in addressing childhood adversity, and what might success look like?

It was just last October that a firestorm erupted across the North Bay in Sonoma, Napa, Lake, and Mendocino Counties. The most destructive in California history, the fires took lives, homes and livelihoods.

At the first meeting of the Funder Network on Trauma and Resilience on March 14, 2018, Alex Briscoe presented a fledgling model for reimagining California’s behavioral health system for children.

Enthusiasm for trauma-informed practice has increased dramatically. Organizational interventions that train staff about trauma-informed practice are frequently used to promote trauma-informed systems change, but evidence about these interventions’ effects has not been integrated.

Though there have been significant scientific advances to help us better understand how adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma are contributing factors towards negative health outcomes later in life, there remains little guidance on how to address these issues within the context of cross-sector philanthropic settings. 

On July 16th, the Funder Network on Trauma & Resilience hosted a webinar that showcased Trauma-Informed Philanthropy, a two volume guide from the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation, and Philanthropy Network of Greater Philadelphia.  Panelists from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and Health Federation of Philadelphia explored the impact of trauma-informed philanthropy on both internal organizational culture and cross-sector collaboration, and shared lessons for Bay Area funders interested in this work.