Southern California AFN is a developing regional chapter of grantmakers who invest in opportunities for low and middle income individuals and families to build economic well-being. Members can include private, public, corporate, and community foundations, public-sector funders, and financial institutions who want to help Southern Californians secure economic stability, for now and for years to come. Southern California AFN seeks to connect funders and their peers in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors. Together they will be able to share promising programs and smart strategies, gather knowledge to make their grantmaking more effective, and work to increase investments in asset building.
Southern California AFN was launched in 2017 as a regional affiliate of national AFN by The James Irvine Foundation, California Wellness Foundation, and Wells Fargo. Membership is open to funders who invest in a range of initiatives that build assets for Southern Californians, from early childhood education, college access, or workforce development to health, financial education, or micro-enterprise. Today, Southern California AFN members gather periodically for funders-only sharing of ideas, and to develop plans for increased impact in the region. Southern California grantmakers should contact Mona Masri if interested in joining this chapter.
How We Work
- Educate: Southern California AFN members learn from each other and from other organizations as they seek solutions to local challenges. The chapter hosts funder forums to explore asset-building strategies with both local leaders and national experts.
- Elevate: Southern California AFN is positioned to highlight promising practices, key issues, and innovations in the field through funder-only dialogues as well as other convenings. Members provide an insightful West Coast voice to inform national conversations.
- Influence: Southern California AFN engages key stakeholders to grow their knowledge and support. This includes efforts to raise the visibility of asset-building within the broader community of foundations, public-sector funders, and financial institutions.
- Grow: Southern California AFN seeks to increase the number of grantmakers and resources focused on economic well-being. AFN staff spend time one-on-one with local grantmakers to learn, share, encourage participation, align strategies, and increase ROI.