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Philanthropy in Sacramento Day

Monday, May 21, 2018 - 7:00pm to Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 12:00am UTC
Sacramento, CA
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Join Ellen and the NCG team as we embark on a day of learning, policy, and community – with lots of laughter sprinkled in – at our state capitol.  We invite you to be a part of our delegation as we educate lawmakers about the issues most important to philanthropy and the communities we serve. 

Philanthropy California’s annual Philanthropy in Sacramento Day is a special event bringing together our state’s elected officials with leaders of our sector. Members from across our three regional associations gather together to walk the halls of the state capitol, bringing attention to the most pressing issues affecting our communities, including the 2020 Census, child welfare, health and immigration. Philanthropy in Sacramento Day is a unique opportunity to meet directly with legislators and administration officials and connect with fellow policy-oriented peers. 

We are also thrilled to offer a half-day briefing and welcome reception for all participants on Monday, May 21, 2018. The briefing will cover emerging issues affecting philanthropy and communities across California and will provide an opportunity for interactive discussions with leading policy experts. Finally, connect fellow participants at the Welcome Reception immediately following the briefing.


May 21
Half-Day Policy Briefing: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Welcome Reception: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

2:00 PM - Welcome to Sacramento
California Council on Science and Technology, 1130 K Street, Suite 280, Sacramento, CA

2:15 PM - California’s Public Policy Landscape
California Council on Science and Technology, 1130 K Street, Suite 280, Sacramento, CA

California continues to face ongoing public policy challenges in addressing poverty, affordable housing, and uncertainty from actions in Washington. This session provides an overview of the current public policy landscape and highlights opportunities for philanthropy to advance policy goals, including 2020 Census. The discussion brings a cross sector of the state’s policy movers, including former Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, who leads the statewide work for the bipartisan Council for a Strong America; Vanessa Cajina, a long time legislative advocate who has worked on issues related to healthcare, immigrant families, and poverty; and, Guy Strahl, who has worked extensively on housing issues during his tenure in the Legislature.


  • Susan Bonilla, State Director, California, Council for a Strong America and Assembly Member (retired)
  • Guy Strahl, Legislative Director, Office of Assembly Member Richard Bloom

Moderated by: Seyron Foo, Director, Public Policy and Government Relations, Southern California Grantmakers

3:15 PM - Break

3:30PM - Strategic Partnerships for Public Policy Impact 
What are the strategies for successful partnerships between philanthropy and policymakers? This session dives into how, where, and when partnerships advance public policy goals in California.


  • Sarah Brady, Director of Policy Engagement, California Council on Science and Technology
  • Gina Dalma, Special Advisor to the CEO and Vice President of Government Relations, Silicon Valley Community Foundation

4:30 PM - Break

4:40 PM - Issue Dive: 2020 Census Focus
Cal Matters, 1201 K Street, Suite 1201, Sacramento, CA
Where are the state’s policymakers headed toward the Census? This session highlights the importance of a fair and accurate count for California and policy opportunities at the state level through an intimate conversation with legislative leaders.


May 22
Legislative Visits: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Confirmed meetings include Assembly Members Autumn Burke, David Chiu, Ed Chau, Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, Richard Bloom, Rob Bonta, Shirley Weber, Susan Talamantes Eggman, and Todd Gloria. We will also be meeting with the chiefs of staff and senior policy advisors to Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins, Senator Janet Nguyen, Assembly Members Chris Holden, Jacqui Irwin, Jordan Cunningham, Phil Ting, and Sabrina Cervantes.

About Philanthropy California

Philanthropy CA is an alliance of Northern California Grantmakers (NCG), San Diego Grantmakers (SDG) and Southern California Grantmakers (SCG). Our combined membership represents more than 500 foundations, corporate funders, philanthropic individuals and families, giving circles and government agencies who invest billions every year to support communities across the state, the country and worldwide. Philanthropy CA taps into the deep regional expertise and connections of funders to increase philanthropy’s impact in building and sustaining thriving, equitable communities. Together, we can impact our members, the nonprofits they support and the communities they serve.

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