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2018 Affinity Equity Summit and Solidarity Defense & Action Funder Briefing

Monday, February 12, 2018 - 9:00am to Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 5:00pm PST
Scottish Rite Center
1547 Lakeside Drive | Oakland, CA
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NCG is proud to co-sponsor this upcoming event featuring two great opportunities. The Affinity Equity Summit and the Solidarity Defense & Action Funder Briefing are great opportunities to unite Affinity Groups and Funders to build a collaborative path forward.

In partnership with several affinity groups across different sectors, we are pleased to invite you to the Affinity Equity Summit and Solidarity Defense & Action Funder Briefing on February 12th and 13th at the Scottish Rite Center in Oakland, CA. In these whiplash times this is a powerful opportunity to come together as Affinity Groups and Funders across issues and identities to build a collaborative path forward.

This joint funder briefing will be a unique opportunity to interact with funders across multiple sectors. Ignite speeches from thought leaders, ad hoc conversations on litigation and communications strategies, and facilitated workshops will all be included as part of the agenda. The ultimate goal of the Briefing will be to come together and shape strategies that defend and move forward efforts to protect people, place and planet.

  • February 12, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm | Affinity Equity Summit (Open to Affinity Groups and Select Board Members)
  • February 12, 5:00 - 7:00 pm | Reception for Multi-Sector Affinity Groups and All Funders
  • February 13, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm | Solidarity Defense & Action Funder Briefing (Open to All Funders)


We are excited to already confirm some amazing individuals that will be joining us, including Rodney McKenzie, Vice President, Demos, who hasseveral years of grassroots experience in the LGBTQ and faith communities, and Elizabeth Barajas-Roman, the new CEO of the Solidago Foundation, who has been a leader across sectors on health, gender, and immigration issues.  

Affinity Equity Summit

Who Should Attend: This cross-sector collaboration is open to ALL Affinity Groups and Philanthropy Serving Organizations. Each organization is encouraged to bring (1) Affinity Partner Leader (Executive Director, President, CEO), (1) Affinity Partner Staff (Program Officer, Director, Manager, etc.), and (1) Affinity Partner Board Member. 

About the Summit: Join affinity partners to share and learn about innovative equity initiatives. We will identify opportunities for collaboration, and consider a collective path forward with tangible action plans.
Please join us for a reception highlighting the work of the Affinity Equity Summit and welcoming those joining the Solidarity Defense & Action Funder Briefing. Connect with funders from sectors as varied as immigration, democracy, health, arts, and environment, among many other issue areas.

Solidarity Defense & Action Funder Briefing

Who Should Attend: This gathering will open with a joint Affinity-Funder Reception. Funders together will build collaborative plans on moving forward through tough issues impacting many groups. All Funders and Affinity Partners are welcome to join for this timely convening.

About the Summit: The goal of this Solidarity Briefing is to bring funders together across a multitude of sectors to connect and build a shared context on threats and opportunities in this challenging moment for us as a nation and a world (i.e. immigration, pre-emption, human rights, climate, etc).

This gathering of funders from more than 20 affinity networks is unique not only in its composition, but in how the day will unfold. Main stage ignite style presentations will address the below main stage themes and then the speakers will then break out into facilitated smaller groups with funders supporting different movements and issues to build strategies. Participants will learn from one another and take-away a broader understanding of the changing social and political climate and what role philanthropy can play in the road ahead.


Affinity groups involved in co-sponsoring this effort to-date are: Biodiversity Funders GroupBlue Sky Funders ForumCHANGE PhilanthropyEDGE Funders AllianceEnvironmental Grantmakers Association,Funders' Committee for Civic ParticipationFunders Concerned About AIDSFunders for LGBTQ Issues,Funders for Reproductive Equity, Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable CommunitiesGrantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Grantmakers in Arts, Health and Environmental Funders Network, Hispanics in PhilanthropyHuman Rights Funders NetworkMedia Impact FundersNeighborhood Funders GroupNorthern California GrantmakersPeace and Security Funders GroupPhilanthropy for Active Civic EngagementSmart Growth California, and United Philanthropy Forum.