Taking A Stand | San Diego Grantmakers 2017 Annual Conference

On March 2, local philanthropists and national thought leaders came together for the annual San Diego Grantmakers conference to explore in greater depth why and how to Take A Stand for the issues we believe in. Special thanks to all those that helped create an energizing day learning about the tools available to philanthropy and business to “Take A Stand,” whether through investments, living and breathing your mission or connecting with local, state, and national partners. We look forward to another successful event in 2018. Watch this space!

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“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”
Bishop Desmond Tutu

Historically, philanthropy has often been comfortable playing a neutral role. During our last annual conference, we pushed this practice by exploring ways of “Turning the Tide” for some of our communities’ most intractable issues. This year, we are taking it to the next level.

Taking a stand on an issue doesn’t need to be plagued with controversy, though it can feel that way when too few stand up alongside you. But this is changing. Across the United States, philanthropic institutions and their leaders are finding solidarity and using their unique functions and roles to contribute to issues they care about.

We invite you to join us for an energizing day learning about the tools available to philanthropy and business to “Take A Stand,” whether through investments, living and breathing your mission or connecting with local, state, and national partners. There will be something (or many somethings) for each of us to learn individually, collectively, and institutionally.

It is time for San Diego philanthropy to be less neutral and Take A Stand together.


Featured Speakers

Haroon Azar, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Julie Dubick, Women's Foundation of California

Gara LaMarche, Democracy Alliance

Vu Le, Nonprofit With Balls

Amy Lesnick, Pledge 1%

Michael McAfee, Policy Link

Dan Petegorsky, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

Eric Ward, Southern Poverty Law Center


What To Expect

A creative spin on things. Taking a stand doesn’t mean we need to scream about injustice from the rooftops. Philanthropy has many ways that it is engaging more deeply and taking a stance on issues it cares about. Join us to dig a little deeper into some tactics that have worked and what it took.

Inspiration. We will have some brilliant minds share with us how they’re paving the way for companies, philanthropy, and other social sector organizations to move forward in walking the walk in a bolder way. One common lesson: people always come along for the ride.

Strategic partnerships. Each of our breakout sessions will pair national philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs) with regional and local experts. Knowing what human capital we have and can connect with is a key part of being more effective in our work.