SDG Podcasts

Episode 1: SDG Podcast: America’s Most Generous City?

In the first episode of San Diego Grantmakers new podcast, President & CEO Nancy Jamison is joined by Dr. Emily Young from the University of San Diego’s Nonprofit Institute, where they share their own philanthropic journeys and also discuss the significance of the newly bestowed accolade for San Diego - America’s Most Charitable City. Does the criteria used by Charity Navigator stack up or does it cover up the unique pressures our local nonprofits face?
San Diego is a generous region with 48% of households making monetary donations to charity and so it’s no surprise that charity watchdog Charity Navigator named San Diego America’s Most Charitable City. What was a surprise was the notion that the strongest charities are those that spend minimally on overhead while maximizing dollars to programs. Nancy and Emily both strongly believe that a more balanced approach focused on positive impact is a far better adjudicator of nonprofit practices.

“Our dream is that in five to ten years we won't be talking about funding overhead expenses but how we want to invest in organizations so they can have the greatest impact” Dr. Emily Young

A growing number of nonprofit and philanthropic leaders in San Diego County and elsewhere across the state and nation have identified the fact thatmany nonprofits operate with just enough funding in hand to operate for less than two months — a tenuous proposition for the long-term viability of these organizations and the communities they serve.

That’s why SDG & USD’s Nonprofit Institute teamed up locally as part of a statewide initiative to increase the number of funders and nonprofits that work together on the Full Cost Project. When grantmaking decisions are informed by all of the costs necessary for nonprofits to deliver on their missions and be sustainable over time, our community will be stronger. Instead of focusing on nonprofit "overhead," the Full Cost Project encourages a focus on outcomes and the role  grant dollars can best play in achieving those outcomes.

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Episode 2: SDG Podcast: Give Today. Inspire Tomorrow.

This episode of San Diego Grantmakers podcast was recorded on Giving Tuesday, November 28, 2017. SDG President & CEO Nancy Jamison explains how Giving Tuesday began in 2012 as a response to the consumerism and commercialism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick off the giving season. She is joined by Dr. Emily Young, Executive Director of the University of San Diego’s Nonprofit Institute, who shares data found in the State of Nonprofits & Philanthropy Report.

Christy Wilson, Executive Director of Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, then joins our co-hosts to discuss end of the year giving, including the tax implications and examples of year end gifts. And in the third and final segment, Nancy speaks with Courtney Brown of Women Give San Diego and Jessica Kort of Leichtag Foundation, about how giving circles support young donors, who want to be hands-on and involved in their giving.

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Episode 3: Equity in Philanthropy

In the third episode of the San Diego Grantmakers podcast, SDG President & CEO Nancy Jamison is joined by staff members Megan Thomas and Annie VanDan to discuss the importance of incorporating equity in philanthropy and how the SDG organization is doing so through trainings and programs. San Diego Grantmakers defines equity as the common good is served by creating systems and opportunities that lead to equity for all – regardless of race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, or socio-economic status.

Megan Thomas, Vice President of Collaboration & Special Initiatives, provides data from the National Equity Atlas showing income gaps and other inequities that exist in San Diego County. The top 20% of the nation’s highest earners have seen their income grow by 18 to 27 percent, whereas the bottom 20% have seen their income decrease by 6 to 8 percent, showing the income gap is widening.

 When San Diego Grantmakers committed to really weaving equity into our work, we said, ‘we need to get a foundation for our staff and our board so we have a common definition of equity, so we are doing training and we started with race. We know in that long list of identifiers, ways that people identify, it’s always race and ---. No matter what you are talking about whether it is class or gender, race always plays a role in that so we are doing extensive training so that staff can get comfortable with their own identity and understand how race plays into systemic distinctions.” – Megan Thomas

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