Funder Collaboratives 101

Monday, June 29, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
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Interested in learning more about San Diego Grantmakers' funder collaboratives?

The funder and cross-sector collaboratives at San Diego Grantmakers provide the support and facilitation necessary to help funders and other stakeholders work together to address community issues, whether it’s through shared learning or combining resources for action. Join Megan Thomas, Vice President of Collaborations & Special Initiatives, for a review of SDG's collaboratives and our Guide to Collaborative Philanthropy. Participants can expect to:

  1. Learn about our “Learn-Plan-Act” approach and toolkit to support funders in working together for greater impact.
  2. Hear from members of collaboratives who can share first-hand their experiences working with partners toward a shared mission.
  3. Participate in exercises to help you reflect upon your own work and innovative ways you can leverage relationships and resources to maximize the impact of your investments.


Megan Thomas, Vice President of Collaboration and Special Initiatives, San Diego Grantmakers

Megan oversees San Diego Grantmakers’ facilitation of collaborative efforts among its funder members and other stakeholders; leads the production of philanthropy and impact investing skills-building and issue based learning; and spearheads SDG’s work related to championing equity and opportunity. She provides strategic and logistical support to strengthen San Diego communities through shared learning and pooled and aligned funding strategies. Current focus areas include early education, STEAM education, immigration, homelessness, military/veterans issues, leadership development, racial justice, and impact investing, as well as support for the steering committees of pooled grant funds, including that of Women Give San Diego, which is fiscally sponsored by SDG.

Funder Collaboratives 101 is the fourth in our seven-part Fundamentals Series, with Spring and Fall semesters. Next in Fall semester includes Advocacy 101 in September, Evaluation 101 in October, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 101 in November. 

Whether you are new to philanthropy and eager to learn best-practices, or a seasoned professional committed to continuing education and ultimately advancing your leadership in the philanthropic field, these sessions will provide opportunities to establish and/or deepen your skills and your relationships with colleagues and peers.

Who May Attend

This session is designed for SDG members and eligible non-member funders: staff, trustees, and donors of philanthropic organizations, individual philanthropists, investors, and other invited guests as appropriate. All event registrations are reviewed to determine eligibility. We respectfully request that attendees refrain from engaging in fundraising and other development activities at all SDG events.

If you require any accommodations in order to fully participate in this program, please contact [email protected].

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