Upcoming events

    • April 26, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • East Bay Community Foundation

    Multiple communities have come under attack in the first 100 days of the 45th Presidential administration, however, the RESISTANCE is strong! Grassroots and community leaders have mobilized to develop proactive and defensive strategies to combat potential rollbacks affecting marginalized communities throughout the country, in addition to engaging in intentional practices that center love and inclusion. Philanthropic solidarity to support resistance efforts is growing through pledges, rapid response funds, and aligned grantmaking.

    As we mark 100 days in this new administration, local leaders from the Arab Resource & Organizing Center (invited), Bay Rising, and Movement Strategy Center will share examples of how to #LeadWithLove and Bay Resistance. And similarly, leaders from the Groundswell FundGeneral Service Foundation, and the California Wellness Foundation will highlight how philanthropy is working to show solidarity to movements in this moment.

    Join us for a multi-dimensional conversation between members of BAJFN and movement leaders. We will learn about resistance efforts on the ground & solidarity efforts in philanthropy, engage in strategic conversations between funders and community leaders about the next 100 days:

    • How can funders support resistance efforts in the next 100 days?

    • How can grassroots leaders and funders coordinate and strategize in a more collaborative way?

    **Light refreshments will be served. **


    Free registration, but RSVP requested. Limited seating available.


    • May 08, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Silicon Valley Community Foundation, 1300 S. El Camino Real, Suite 100, San Mateo, CA 94402

    Even before the 2016 election, many foundations were focusing on issues of equity. Now, in the "age of Trump," this focus is even more critical and timely. Yet, effectively addressing inequity requires both values-driven grantmaking practices and an understanding of complex and nested systems that create inequity - both of which are difficult for philanthropy to do well.

    In this 1-day workshop, participants will explore different pathways that they can take to further equity in their work and institutions. Participants will engage with practical case studies with peers from Latino Community Foundation, The 11th Hour Project, and Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Participants will discuss the nuances of creating values-alignment in grantmaking; identify both transitional and transformational pathways for themselves and their institutions; and define clear action steps.

    ** Food is included in the cost of registration. **

    About the Presenters:

    Masha V. Chernyak
    Vice President of Programs and Policy, Latino Community Foundation

    Masha V. Chernyak is a strategic visionary, communityorganizer, and experienced advocate for the Latino immigrant community. In her current position as VP of Programs and Policy at the Latino Community Foundation, Masha manages the organization’s investment portfolio and helps lead the organization's change-making strategy. She was instrumental in launching the California Latino Agenda, a campaign to connect diverse Latino leaders to shape and amplify a unified agenda for change. Masha is a photographer, has a marketing background and a Masters in Public Affairs and Politics from the University of San Francisco. Masha is trilingual (Russian, Spanish, and English) and has a healthy sense of humor.

    Navin Moul
    Program Officer, Silicon Valley Community Foundation

    Navin leads the immigration grantmaking strategy. As a program officer, she designs, implements and manages SVCF's portfolio of immigration grants and special projects. This includes identifying strategic grantmaking opportunities, soliciting funding requests, analyzing proposals and preparing written and verbal summaries to recommend grants throughout San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Navin has over a decade of experience in the fields of philanthropy, immigration, human and civil rights. Prior to joining SVCF she was senior program officer at American Jewish World Service managing grantmaking portfolios in four countries: Burma, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Navin has a bachelor's degree in American Cultural Studies as well as an English as a Second Language teaching certificate from Western Washington University and a master's degree in Comparative Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

    Joe Sciortino
    Executive Director, The 11th Hour Project

    Mr. Sciortino is the Executive Director of The Schmidt Family Foundation and a key contact for all those working in concert with us. He oversees all facets of the foundation’s programs, including The 11th Hour Project, which he led as Project Director for four years. A former Director of the eCommerce division of Williams-Sonoma, Mr. Sciortino has spent many years as a volunteer for environmental groups in the Bay Area, including leadership of a team monitoring populations of harbor seals in the Gulf of the Farallones Marine Sanctuary. Mr. Sciortino is currently on the Board of The Regeneration Project and active in several organizations, including Environmental Grantmakers Association and the California Academy of Sciences. He has a M.S. in Environmental Management from The University of San Francisco and a B.S. in finance and marketing from New York University.

    Sponsored by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.


    BAJFN Members - $200 (includes food + materials)
    Non-Members - $250 (includes food + materials)


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