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Partner Event | The “Real San Bernardino” Bus Tour: Reviving an All-American City

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 -
8:00am to 5:30pm PDT
Los Angeles Union Station
800 North Alameda Street Los Angeles, CA 90012
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As a part of PhilanthropyCA offerings, this program is offered for free to NCG members!

The Funders Alliance of San Bernardino & Riverside Counties and SCG invite you to The “Real San Bernardino” Bus Tour to see, hear, and feel the reality of leaders, residents, and organizations in the City of San Bernardino, and the larger Inland Empire.

Not long ago, San Bernardino was an All-American city with prosperous people and a robust civic infrastructure. Yet even before the Great Recession, San Bernardino was struggling with public safety issues and high unemployment. The Recession tipped the city into bankruptcy and one of the highest foreclosure rates in the country. In December 2015, San Bernardino became infamous worldwide as the site of one of the worst terrorist attacks in American history.

How did this decline happen? What economic and political decisions were made that led to this outcome? The tour will help answer these questions and outline the extent of San Bernardino’s challenges.

Our tour will also introduce you to the courageous, committed nonprofit and civic leaders who are confronting and overcoming health, education, and safety net issues impacting quality of life. These leaders are San Bernardino’s core assets who are starting and revitalizing organizations and institutions. And they are doing so with significantly less philanthropic support than in neighboring cities.

The tour is an essential learning opportunity for grantmakers who currently fund or are interested in funding in San Bernardino or Inland Southern California!


8:00 am – 9:30 am: Gathering and travel between Los Angeles & San Bernardino
9:30 am – 4:00 pm: Bus tour and programming within City of San Bernardino
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm: Gathering and travel between Los Angeles & San Bernardino

Coffee/pastries and lunch will be provided. Traffic on the way back to L.A. can vary widely so please be prepared for the possibility of arriving back at Union Station later than 5:30 pm.

Target Audience

This program is free and open to current NCG, SCG, SDG members and non-member grantmakers who are eligible for membership.