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Breakout Session | Pushing the Envelope for a Better California

Communities of color were disproportionately impacted by the unprecedented events of 2020. They experienced greater chances of contracting and dying of covid-19, becoming unemployed, and were more likely to be physically and/or emotionally impacted by racist actions and systems. This called for unprecedented actions from philanthropy, and many rose to the call – disrupting business as usual and finding new ways to advance racial equity and social justice. 

Join us as we feature bold new ideas from a range of institutions, all of which will help to create a Better California. We will explore some of the most leading-edge philanthropic work to support the movement building ecosystem, advance racial equity, and create lasting change.  Our speakers will share their perspectives about funding innovations including social impact bonds, black-led movement building funds, trust-based grantmaking processes, and influencing and mobilizing policy change. They will discuss what it took to bring these ideas to life, early wins, challenges, and what is needed to scale and sustain them, making them part of a new normal with equity at its core.


  • Judith Bell, Chief Impact Officer, San Francisco Foundation
  • Surina Khan, CEO, Women’s Foundation California
  • Judi Larsen, Managing Director, CEO Office, The California Endowment
  • Steve Barton, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Northern California Grantmakers
Date & Time: 
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 -
10:30am to 11:45am PDT