Civic Engagement - Philanthropy’s Emerging Beacon in the Quest to Bring About Positive Change to Our Communities

Monday, August 28, 2017

Democracy (n): a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections.

Current shifts in the public policy arena have the potential to significantly impact the community issues and challenges that people in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector try to address every day. The relevant issues range from equity and race, immigrant and refugee populations, freedom of the press, counting the undercounted in the census, voter rights, access to healthcare, incidents of hate, policies impacting the sciences, climate and environment, proposals to eliminate agencies supporting the arts and humanities.

Reflective of both this moment we are in at SDG, and the moment we are in as a country, we are pleased to host the Strengthening Democracy Summit to be held on September 19th at the Jacobs Center in the local Promise Zone of SE San Diego. We will be bringing funders together for candid peer conversations about our sectors role in civil society today and how strategies such as advocacy and civic engagement can protect and strengthen our region.

This half-day summit will be a space to learn what your fellow funders, community, and civic leaders are doing and share your own thinking on how this is or may be affecting your funding strategies.

Regardless of one’s political perspective or the issues funded, we are all in this together and need to prepare for this shifting environment. Join us on this opportunity to focus and reflect on how to Strengthen Democracy in San Diego, and find allies as you continue your important philanthropic work.

With keynotes from SDG member  Judy Belk (CEO of the The CA Wellness Foundation) and Kristen Cambell (E.D. of Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement  PACE), Dr. Carl Luna (Director, USD’s Institute for Civil Civic Engagement), - and additional panelists to be announced soon together with the event agenda - this event will contribute to our readiness as a community to use strategies to support more long-term equitable solutions, across all giving areas.

You can register for this important event today. Tickets are $45 for members and $135 for non-member funders and includes lunch and refreshments.

Sponsored by Southwest Airlines, Wells Fargo, UBS, Datron, The Patricia & Christopher Weil Family Foundation, and Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, this event aims to help members understand funding for democracy-related activities and how they support your philanthropic objectives.  We encourage you to examine how your philanthropy could engage in democracy in a way that supports the community and your mission.

In the meantime, here is a list of 3 great resources that will help you get the most out your experience at the Strengthening Democracy Summit.

BLOG: Civic Engagement is a House—and there’s room for you even if you come through the window – featured on Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy.

REPORT: Bolder Together 2: Lessons for Philanthropy from a California Initiative to Build Grassroots Movements for Change – released by the California Civic Participation Funders Collaborative.

INFOGRAPHIC: What Does Civic Engagement Look Like? A civic engagement primer designed by PACE.