California faces a crisis. Over the past two decades, programs designed for the public good—things that have made California a leader in the US and globally—have been chipped away.
The recession, plus three years of severe budget cuts to health, education and social programs, has pushed California’s low-income women and families deeper into poverty. Meanwhile our political climate makes it almost impossible to raise state revenue, which thwarts our state’s economic recovery.
But this is an opportunity. During challenging times one of the most powerful things we can do is come together with others who teach and inspire us. Together we can bridge isolation and cynicism. Together we can cultivate hope and renew our energy to rebuild California. We have work to do!
WHAT IS CONNECTING CALIFORNIA?
Connecting California is a unique conference because it happens only every other year. From September 19–21, more than 150 people from all parts of California — Women’s Foundation grant partners, philanthropists, foundation leaders, corporate executives and policy makers — will gather to learn, inspire each other and take action.
Strategy and learning sessions will be interspersed with ample free time for meeting new friends and reconnecting with colleagues who are working in areas such as economic security and health, women’s leadership, and civic engagement during this critical election year—for California and the nation.
QUESTIONS WE WILL ASK OURSELVES
- How do we create an economy that fosters equity, impact and women’s leadership?
- How do we build alliances to achieve greater impact?
- How do we help nonprofits thrive in what has been termed the “new normal”?
- How do we change the policy and public conversations about programs that benefit low-income women and families?
- How do we develop revenue solutions to the state budget crisis?
We will also offer hands-on training sessions in authentic leadership, communications, influencing public policy and evaluating impact.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
- New and emerging individual philanthropists
- Experienced philanthropists
- Members of the Women’s Foundation of California donor circles and those interested in learning more about donor circles
- Program officers at foundations and corporate giving specialists
- Policy makers and government officials whose work directly affects low-income women and families
- Anyone who wants to be a more strategic investor in making social change
Register today! Deadline to register is September 1, 2012.
We look forward to seeing you at Connecting California 2012!
President and CEO, Women's Foundation of California
Rinku Sen, dynamic journalist, activist and visionary publisher of Colorlines.com, will keynote.
September 19–21, 2012
Long Beach, California
$750 including hotel and meals
$600 including meals
Register by September 1, 2012
To fulfill the promise of California as a state where all people have the opportunity to thrive.
We have chosen the Hotel Maya in Long Beach for our learning, conversing and strategizing. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens with ocean views, the hotel is designed to encourage networking and rejuvenation.