By Ling Liu, Director of Communications & Community Engagement, The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health
In July, Tiauna George and I, both staff members at the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health in Palo Alto, attended a fantastic NCG event in San Francisco. She and I raved about the event, but also lamented that in order to attend, we had to leave our office for an entire day! We longed for more NCG programming in our neck of the words, the Peninsula, home to dozens of foundations and corporate giving arms. Together with another colleague, Stacy Clinton, we started chatting about the concept of establishing regular “peninsula meetups” so that we could get to know our industry neighbors, and expand our learning opportunities. We reached out to NCG and – voila! – on September 21, just two months after its conception, the Peninsula Philanthropy Network (PPN) was born.
About 50 people, representing a range of Peninsula-based foundations and non-profits, attended our launch event at Gravity Wine Bar in Palo Alto. Over wine and hors d’oeuvres generously provided by our Foundation and NCG, we got to know each other, and shared ideas. Some attendees were industry veterans and founding executive directors, such as Cole Wilbur and Bill Somerville, while others were young professionals just getting their feet in the door. There was a palpable energy in the air, and a sense of interconnectness. Although our work spanned a wide range of program areas, from health to immigration to the environment, we were all eager to work across our silos and focus on philanthropy’s shared mission of creating change in our diverse communities.
A dozen people have volunteered to join PPN’s steering committee to help brainstorm and organize future gatherings, speaker ideas and more. In the coming months, PPN is considering holding events that address the affordable housing crisis on the Peninsula, the intersection of philanthropy and technology, and peer-to-peer learning. Stay tuned or contact Kate Seely (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you’d like more information!