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Workshop and Panel Discussion | When Shift Happens, Take Action

As the world shifts all around us, we will be exploring what philanthropies in our community are doing to drive change at all levels, with a call to help build more just and equitable systems. Building on new research by the advisory firm Open Impact, authors of The Giving Code: Silicon Valley Nonprofits and Philanthropy, key themes will be presented for how philanthropy in our region must transform both itself and its role, including shifting to embrace critical practices such as: centering racial equity, moving to a systems and regional perspective, and more deeply coordinating with each other and communities. The presentation will be followed by a panel of Bay Area philanthropy leaders sharing how they have grappled with their roles, overcome internal barriers to change, and taken tangible actions to shift their practices toward more transformational outcomes for our community.


  • Steve Barton, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Northern California Grantmakers
  • Alexa Cortes Culwell, Managing Director, Open Impact


  • Armando Castellano, Trustee and Family Member, The Castellano Family Foundation
  • Jackie Downing, Executive Director, Crankstart
  • Lisa Sobrato Sonsini, Board Chair, The Sobrato Family Foundation
  • Irene Wong, Director, Local Grantmaking Program, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Date & Time: 
Thursday, May 20, 2021 -
11:10am to 12:30pm PDT