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February 24, 2021: Funders Forum: COVID and Beyond

February 24, 2021,4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

COVID has changed everything, including funding for nonprofits. Join funders & nonprofits for a discussion about the future of funding.



How can funders truly support the growth and success of nonprofits? How can nonprofits and funders work together to create long-term change?

Nonprofits closest to the communities most affected by diet-related disease often struggle to find sustainable funding that they need in order to grow and deliver effective programs. COVID has exposed the urgent need for fast, flexible responsive funding. How have funders responded to this need? How have nonprofits and funders worked together to meet community needs? What can funders and nonprofits learn from each other?

Join us for an interactive discussion and honest conversation between funders and nonprofits about how we can work together to build a more sustainable nonprofit funding model.



5m Intro

10m Center for Effective Philanthropy: Emerging Practices in Grantmaking

50m Funder Panel Discussion

10m The Nonprofit Perspective

30m Breakout Discussion Rooms for Nonprofits & Funders

15m Conclusion: what have we learned? Where do we go from here?



Naomi Orensten, Director, Research, Center for Effective Philanthropy

Kate Gehling, Senior Analyst, Center for Effective Philanthropy

Elena Chávez Quezada​, Vice-President of Programs, San Francisco Foundation

Ashley Clark, Knowledge and Grants Manager, Libra Foundation

Holly Bartling, Senior Program Officer, General Service Foundation

Aileen Suzara, Food Security Program Officer, Stupski Foundation

Pedro Arista, Director, Hirsch Philanthropy Partners

Christina Goette, Program Manager, HEAL Programs, San Francisco Department of Public Health



David Byrd, Senior Advisor, Capacity Blueprint

Sarah Nelson, Executive Director, 18 Reasons



The Shape Up SF Coalition is a multidisciplinary body convened to address the epidemic of chronic disease through primary prevention and environmental strategies, with an emphasis on physical activity and nutrition. We value Community, Collaboration, Health Equity and Prevention. Shape Up SF is committed to reducing health disparities in chronic diseases that disproportionately affect African American, Latino and Asian populations. Shape Up SF envisions an equitable, thriving community where all who live, work, learn and play in San Francisco enjoy optimal health.

Our mission is to advance health equity through systems-level changes to increase healthy eating and active living for San Francisco’s most vulnerable populations. When considering the root causes of chronic disease, they are ultimately far more widespread than the “poor choices” of an individual. To that end, addressing chronic disease is far more complicated and nuanced than simply asking people to eat their fruits and vegetables and start exercising 30 minutes a day. To ask people to make those “simple” changes, we must consider how their behaviors are shaped by their social, physical and political environments.


February 24, 2021
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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