The Golden State Learning Series is back and applications open on June 18 (and close on July 23!).
This six-part virtual learning series, September 5 - November 6, 2018, is designed exclusively for California grantmakers and is offered in partnership by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, Northern California Grantmakers, Southern California Grantmakers and San Diego Grantmakers.
This series will offer an overview of the grantmaking practices that have the greatest impact on nonprofit results and provide an opportunity to learn from the experiences of your peers in a highly interactive cohort based model. We’ll be joined by Sergio Cuellar of Sierra Health Foundation, Manuel Fierro of First 5 LA, Vanessa Camarena-Arredondo of Akonadi Foundation and Catherine Bryan of First Nations Development Institute to discuss collaboration, learning and evaluation, inclusive grantmaking and capacity building.
This highly-interactive, six-session cohort based online learning series gives California grantmakers the opportunity to learn from peers about grantmaking approaches and practices that nonprofits say contribute most to their success. Local examples and regional experiences are woven into the program, which also offers participants the opportunity to pinpoint key challenges, reflect on personal experiences and identify key actions that they individually can take to improve practice.
Here’s what you need to know:
- The application period for the Golden State Learning Series is June 18 – July 23, 2018.
- The series will be capped at 25 participants. Please submit an application as soon as possible if you are interested in participating.
- The series will focus on collaboration, learning and evaluation, inclusive grantmaking and capacity building.
- Applicants will be notified of their status in early August 2018.
The series will kick off on September 5 and close on November 6, 2018. We’ll be joined by Sergio Cuellar of Sierra Health Foundation, Manuel Fierro of First 5 LA, Vanessa Camarena-Arredondo of Akonadi Foundation and Catherine Bryan of First Nations Development Institute to discuss collaboration, learning and evaluation, inclusive grantmaking and capacity building. We encourage you to apply if:
- Your organization is a current member of GEO, Northern California Grantmakers, Southern California Grantmakers or San Diego Grantmakers
- You have worked in philanthropy for 2 - 7 years
- You are in some way involved in your organization’s grantmaking and are interested in learning more about how you can engage in smarter grantmaking practices
- You can commit to participating in a majority of the sessions for The Golden State Learning Series
This Golden State Learning Series is designed exclusively for California grantmakers who are members of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, Northern California Grantmakers, Southern California Grantmakers OR San Diego Grantmakers.
Catherine Bryan, Program Director, Strengthening Tribal & Community Institutions, First Nations Development Institute
Catherine Bryan joined First Nations Development Institute as a program officer in July 2008, then served as Senior Program Officer and, in 2017, she became Director of Programs - Strengthening Tribal & Community Institutions. She collaborates with other First Nations staff members to design and implement diverse projects that support and strengthen asset-building efforts undertaken by tribal government programs, Native nonprofits, and other Native community organizations. Prior to joining First Nations, Catherine was a legal analyst for the National Tribal Justice Resource Center (NTJRC), a training and technical assistance provider for tribal justice systems. She also serves as a grant reviewer for various federal agencies. Catherine holds a J.D. degree from the University of New Mexico - School of Law. She also attained both M.A. and B.A. degrees in French literature from the University of Oklahoma, and taught lower-level French university courses for several years. Catherine is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation. She was born and raised in southeastern New Mexico. Catherine is most grateful for time spent with her family as a mom, sister, auntie, and daughter.
Vanessa Camarena- Arredondo, Program Officer, Akonadi Foundation
Vanessa Camarena-Arredondo is the Beloved Community Fund Program Officer at Akonadi Foundation. She brings to the Foundation over 20 years of experience promoting social equity in communities of color through her work in philanthropy, the arts and cultural sector, community health, and as a leadership development coach. Vanessa served as the Arts & Culture Fellow at The San Francisco Foundation under the leadership of John Killacky. While at The San Francisco Foundation, Vanessa made over 200 grants and helped to raise $1.5 million to support Bay Area artists and arts non-profits. She spoke on the need for inclusion and diversity in the arts and helped to direct funding and support to artists and communities of color. Vanessa sees her work with the Akonadi Foundation as an opportunity to uplift communities of color and support leaders, artists, organizations, and collectives in becoming well-equipped to carry out the critical cultural work to which they are dedicated. As an artist herself and a supporter of creative work, Vanessa hopes to contribute to uplifting the value of cultural work in Oakland, focusing especially on artists and communities of color.
Sergio Cuellar, Program Manager, Sierra Health Foundation
Sergio is the Program Manager of the California Funders for Boys and Men of Color, through the Center at Sierra Health Foundation. He brings a deep commitment to health and racial equity, extensive nonprofit experience working with and for youth and young adults, and a passion to support and empower communities of color. Most recently, Sergio served as the Community Engagement Coordinator with the Center for Regional Change at UC Davis. Previously, he served as the Statewide Campaign Director of Californians for Justice, and as Director of Programs for Youth In Focus. He also is a co-founding member of Escuelas Si! Pintas No!, a Central Valley youth organizing coalition focused on dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline. Sergio recently earned his Masters in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco. Sergio is an Alumnus of the Institute for the Development of Emerging Area Leaders (IDEAL) administered through the Great Valley Center and of the Sierra Health Foundation Health Leadership Program Class IX.
Manuel Fierro, Director, Integration and Learning, First 5 LA
Manuel Fierro, previously a Senior Program Officer in the Best Start Communities Department, serves as the Director of the Integration and Learning Department. Fierro will be responsible for developing processes and tools to support the creation of First 5 LA’s learning culture. He also will be responsible for the creation of continuous improvement processes, formal and informal knowledge-building practices and the learning framework for all programs and grants.