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Not Your Grandfather's Philanthropy

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
10:00am to 12:00pm PST
Northern California Grantmakers
160 Spear Street, Suite 360, San Francisco, CA 94105
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The face of philanthropy is changing, new models of giving are surfacing and donors are engaging in innovative ways to determine where their dollars should go. Donors look different too — younger, diverse, more tech savvy and more likely to look for vehicles beyond traditional foundation structures.

Donor Advised Funds, Giving Circles, and Social Venture funds are all examples of adaptive models of individual giving. These and others are leveraging individual actions for the collective good and identifying opportunities where they can go beyond dollars and give of their time, talent and ties.

How do these non-traditional models of giving work with traditional philanthropic institutions?

How are they partnering together to leverage their shared interest and achieve greater impact on issues they care about?

At this program, we will highlight Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy's recent evaluation of the impact of giving circles in the country, learn about SV2’s compelling Lighting Round Grants, and delve into Full Circle Fund’s innovative work with start-up non-profits. Discover how these innovative organizations are working to build the capacity of individual donors to leverage funding and participation to create impact that takes your grandfather's philanthropy to a whole new level of engagement!

Join Us To: 

  • Explore new models of philanthropic investment and partnerships that are having a positive impact on communities.
  • Hear about lessons being learned about these new approaches, including early findings from AAPIP’s 5-Year National Giving Circle Campaign evaluation.
  • Share ideas about how your foundation might work more strategically to increase effective community philanthropy.


 Joey Gutierrez is Chief of Staff at the Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Foundation and a partner at the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund where he co-led the organization's first Impact Investing Round.

He is an alumnus of Bucknell University and Stanford Graduate School of Education.


Jason Hirschton is Chief Executive Officer of Full Circle Fund. Throughout his career, Jason has always committed his time to mission driven organizations dedicated to making positive change in underserved communities. Prior to joining Full Circle Fund, Jay was the Senior Vice President at buildOn, an international nonprofit working to break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy. In addition to overseeing buildOn’s fundraising goals, Jay managed the West Coast Office as well as the national operations team. As an innovative social sector thought leader, Jay has a long track record of programmatic impact and building innovative corporate philanthropy models to scale that ensure sustainable funding. Jay and his wife Chelsea live in Berkeley with their two year old son Cole and ten year old dog Coosa.

Erica Juhn is a Research Analyst for the Special Services Group. She joined SSG in 2014, her specialties include program evaluation and organizational capacity-building for programs and social justice projects in the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. At SSG, she worked with Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) to evaluate their 5-year National Giving Circle Campaign and is currently providing technical assistance and support for Phase II community grantees of the California Department of Public Health’s California Reducing Disparities Project. Erica has 15 years of experience working with Los Angeles-based nonprofits and previously worked with the Korean immigrant community on language access and as a health educator. Her research interests include health education and health equity, with a focus on older adults. A conversational Korean-speaker, Erica holds dual Master’s degrees, a Master of Public Health in Community Health Sciences and a Master’s degree in Asian American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. 

Diane Parnes is in her second term as Chair of Northern California Grantmakers, as well as on the Executive Committee of the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2), serves as an advisor to the GreenLight Fund Bay Area, and is a Board member of the internationally acclaimed men’s vocal ensemble, Chanticleera. She has supported the growth and development of the Bay Area and Silicon Valley’s social and philanthropic sectors for more than 25 years. Her professional career spans the private, public and independent sectors including work in the fields of arts and education, health and human services, affordable housing, children’s literacy, civic and corporate volunteer engagement, as well as capacity building for nonprofit and philanthropic institutions.

Diane is currently an inspirational consultant and social impact advisor empowering nonprofit and foundation boards and CEO leaders to co-create positive social change. She draws from her leadership experience as a nonprofit development director and CEO of four regional nonprofits, a Silicon Valley corporate grantmaker, a family foundation executive and board volunteer leader. She has earned four certifications, including in nonprofit Board governance, corporate community relations, fundraising as well as multigenerational philanthropy consulting to support next gen funders and family enterprises. Diane is also a frequent presenter at nonprofit and philanthropy conferences and convenings.

Diane has guided several prominent Silicon Valley tech entrepreneurs and family philanthropies from startup to major growth evolutions, including an 11-year tenure as Executive Director of the Sobrato Family Foundation. During her leadership, the foundation was honored nationally and locally as Outstanding Foundation of the Year for its unique capacity building programs that she developed.

Formerly, Diane served as Board Chair for CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, Secretary of the Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits and on the Advisory Council of the Nonprofit Finance Fund.

Target Audience

This program is open to members of NCG, AAPIP, SV2, and Full Circle Fund.  If you are not a member of NCG, please register by emailing