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There's a new wave of CEOs at foundations -- with new ways of thinking about grantmaking. Join us for the opening plenary of the 2018 Convention to hear a panel of foundation leaders from both urban and rural areas discuss foundation-nonprofit relationships, the future of philanthropy, and changes they want to see in the sector.

Shane Murphy Goldsmith is President and CEO of Liberty Hill Foundation, a leading social justice foundation. She sits on the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners, and she is the co-chair of the California Executive Alliance for Boys and Men of Color SoCal Region. Her standing and influence is reflected in her membership on the Southern California Grantmakers Board of Directors and both the Advisory Committee for the Black Equity Initiative of the JIB Fund and the board of People Assisting the Homeless (PATH).


Marian Kaanon is President and CEO of the Stanislaus Community Foundation, based in Modesto. The Foundation supports two large-scale initiatives to boost the ‘cradle to career’ education pipeline: Stanislaus READS! and Stanislaus Futures. In 2006, Marian was named by The Modesto Bee as one of ’20 Under 40’ young civic leaders to watch, and in 2015 she was named an Outstanding Woman for Stanislaus County.




Marcos Vargas is the Executive Director at the Fund for Santa Barbara, leading the organization in ongoing efforts to drive economic, environmental, political, and social change throughout the region. Marcos’ experience includes serving as the founding Executive Director of the Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE). Marcos is a Sundancer in the Lakota and Mechica traditions, and is actively involved in efforts to expand the knowledge and application of Native American indigenous teachings.


Terence Mulligan is President and CEO of the Napa Valley Community Foundation (NVCF), which distributes between $3 million and $5 million annually to nonprofits in Napa County. Terence was a noted leader in organizing private and public resources to help people affected by the fires in Napa and Sonoma Counties. Prior to joining the staff of NVCF, he served in development at the Peninsula Community Foundation in Silicon Valley, and has held jobs at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Institute for International Economics, and Accenture. Terence is Board Treasurer of CalNonprofits, and a board member of the California Wellness Foundation.

2018 Policy Convention: Nonprofits Standing Up for California
Thursday, October 18 Los Angeles
Registration: $175 Members / $195 Not-yet-members
discounts available for multiple staff from same organization

What else will you find at the 2018 Policy Convention?
Vu Le, nonprofit rockstar and author of NonprofitAF.com
Panel of experts discussing 2020 Census
Jan Masaoka on key issues facing California nonprofits
Debate on Donor Advised Funds
Ice cream social networking hour and much more!

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