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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.


Trauma & Resilience programming coming soon. In the meantime, take a look at our past events.


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.


Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a children’s mental health crisis in California. On this webinar, participants heard an update on this crisis and concrete opportunities for funders to get involved.

This issue of insights explores California's progress on its implementation of trauma screening in pediatric settings for eligible children, youth, and adults. For child welfare professionals and advocates, trauma screening may hold the promise of identifying trauma to intervene, and potentially prevent a child and family's trajectory into foster care and other child-serving systems.

Genentech Charitable Giving and the Center for Care Innovations partnered to implement the Resilient Beginnings Collaborative, a learning collaborative to support seven safety net clinics in transforming their care environments to screen for and address trauma. Through a panel and group discussion, program attendees had the opportunity to learn about practical insights from their implementation, including workflow, follow-up services, and reimbursement as well as explored larger questions such as how screening fits into the larger goals of addressing trauma and the role of organizational culture in supporting this transformation.

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.

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.