Strengthening Democracy Summit - Event Agenda & Panelist Announcement

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

San Diego Grantmakers is pleased to make its second major announcement in regards to the upcoming Strengthening Democracy Summit to be held on September 19 at the Jacobs Center in South East San Diego.

In addition to the keynote speakers - Judy Belk, Kristen Cambell, and Dr. Carl Luna - we are thrilled that Sarah de Guia, Executive Director, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network , Delores Jacobs, CEO of The Center, and Ismahan Abdullahi, Director of Civic Engagement and Community Partnerships, PANA (Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans) will join panel moderator Judy Belk on stage for an informative afternoon session on ‘Stories of Democracy in Action’.  

The panel represents both nonprofit leadership and community leaders and will share personal stories, impacts of the current environment, and examples of their civic engagement strategies, and will also build on the earlier learning’s of the PACE Civic Engagement Primer addressing the systems of Civic Infrastructure, Advocacy & Public Policy, and Deliberative Democracy.

The full agenda can be found below together with more information on the Keynote’s presentations.

What is the State of Democracy in SD?

Dr. Carl Luna, Director, USD’s Institute for Civil Civic Engagement

Dr. Luna will set the tone of the event by providing a nonpartisan analysis of the current state of democracy both locally and nationally and offer local examples of where civic engagement would have been helpful. He will also share his insight on “restoring civility to civil dialogue”, while offering his recommendations for strengthening democracy in San Diego.               

What is Civic Engagement?

Kristen Cambell, Executive Director, Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE)              

Kristen will help frame the summit’s goals and outcomes by sharing PACE’s Civic Engagement Primer as foundation for learning – focusing on civic infrastructure, advocacy/public policy, community organizing, and leadership development. She will also share tools and examples about how philanthropy can participate at all levels.

Participants will then come together in groups to discuss challenges and opportunities of applying a civic engagement framework to enhance the impact of their work.

One Funders Story – Why now?              

Judy Belk, CEO of The California Wellness Foundation

Judy will give candid examples of how a large scale state funder is making funding decisions around civic engagement and democracy and share - through her own journey and that of the foundation - why this matters and how you too can adjust your priorities based on a shifting landscape.

Event Overview:

Current changes in the public policy arena have the potential to significantly impact our democracy, civil liberties, and those who are in our most vulnerable communities. 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 such as the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for Humanities, and Public Broadcasting.

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.

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.

We are also thrilled to announce that The Thomas C. Ackerman FoundationThe California Wellness Foundation and The James Irvine Foundation have become event partners. They join Southwest Airlines, Wells Fargo, UBS, Datron, The Patricia & Christopher Weil Family Foundation, and Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, for this peer forum of how your philanthropy could engage in democracy in a way that supports the community and your mission. We thank all of our partners for their ongoing support of our community!

Watch this space – our third announcement  about the summit will be made soon!

 

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