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Building a Movement of Rest, Repair, and Recharge


Our nonprofit leaders are tasked with solving our most critical issues – meeting the needs of communities, driving social justice solutions, and leading the advocacy and movement work to transform systems. We must prioritize the wellbeing of our nonprofit workforce if we want to succeed in advancing our social justice and racial equity agenda. Our dedicated, passionate nonprofit workforce needs adequate rest and repair to sustain themselves, and continue their work for the long term.

With the level of urgency in our communities and the demands on community leaders, how can funders support the sustainability of the nonprofit workforce and its leaders?

Join us for a two-part conversation to discuss:

  • The current state of nonprofit wellness, wellbeing, burnout; current demands on nonprofit workers; and the impact on retention and turnover.
  • Hear from three spectacular leaders and their models of support.
  • What funders can do to normalize and support rest and repair efforts to sustain our nonprofit workforce.

This event is part of our Collective Resilience Initiative working to strengthen our nonprofit ecosystem. Learn more here.

Session Information

Part 1: November 30, 2023 | 11:00 am - 12:00 noon

In this session we will discuss the current state of nonprofit wellness and the impact on the sector’s workforce. We will hear from Maria Kolby-Wolfe from Washington Women’s Foundation, Victoria Santos from BIPOC ED Coalition of Washington State, and Emily Cohen Raskin from O2 Initiatives and their sabbatical, rest and repair programs supporting nonprofit wellness. We’ll share current practices and discuss how funders can incorporate wellness into their grantmaking, and how as a sector we can move into a culture of rest.

Part 2: December 4, 2023 | 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm

Join us for a lunchtime side chat to dig in deeper with your colleagues on how funders can incorporate nonprofit wellness into their grantmaking, grant process and strategies. Share your reflections and ideas on how the sector can build a culture of rest, repair, and recharge for nonprofit organizations. Bring your lunch and your thoughts, questions, and curiosities!


Maria Kolby-Wolfe

President and CEO

Victoria Santos

Co-founder and Co-Executive Director


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Will Aubin

Community Action Manager
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
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Patty Avila-Garcia

Learning & Evaluation Analyst
The California Endowment
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Ria Bhatt

Director of Public Policy
College Futures Foundation
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Eliana Bono

Grants Associate
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
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Adrienne Bousian

Senior Associate
Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies
Caitlin Brune

Caitlin Brune

Northern California Grantmakers
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José Castro Gambino

Community Impact Officer
Community Foundation Sonoma County
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Cecilia Chen

Chief Strategy Officer & VP of Programs
Akonadi Foundation
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Marlon Cuellar

The California Endowment
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Andrea DuFlon

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Amanda Flores-Witte

Director of Communications
Kenneth Rainin Foundation
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Marisol Franco

Director of Policy Programs
Women's Foundation California
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Gerrlyn Gacao

Program Manager
Liberty Hill Foundation
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Victoria Green

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Sandy Ho

Program Director of Disability Inclusion Fund
Borealis Philanthropy
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Rob Hope

Sr Initiative Off and Dir, ReWork the Bay
The San Francisco Foundation
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Latojanae Hull

Program Associate
Sierra Health Foundation
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Lyn Ishizaki-Brown

Program Assistant
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
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Maura Joul

Raise for Good
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Anne Lentz

Managing Advisor
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Nallely Martinez

Grants & Philanthropy Manager
Latino Community Foundation
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Monica Nunez

New Door Ventures
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Diana Otero

Senior Director of Special Projects
Latino Community Foundation
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Pauolena Randall

Philanthropy Partner, Silicon Valley Program
Sobrato Philanthropies
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Bill Resnick

California Donor Table Fund
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Audrey Sayer

Hirsch Philanthropy Partners
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Anitra Smith

Program Officer
Sunlight Giving
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Thea Jewel Soriano

Communications Associate
The James Irvine Foundation
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Casey Tran

Multicultural Fellow, Learning & Evaluation
The San Francisco Foundation
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Monicia Warner

Magic Cabinet
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Kim Williams

Sac BHC Hub Director
Sierra Health Foundation
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Jenny Wright

Senior Program Officer
The California Wellness Foundation
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