SCG pledges to pursue a bold policy agenda that advances racial equity and social justice. We are committed to forging relationships, pursuing partnership opportunities, engaging in advocacy, and building coalitions. We collaborate with policymakers and departments within the counties we serve, the State of California, and at the Federal level. Our commitment to equity extends beyond legislation and includes advocating for equitable budget allocations and improves administrative processes within public agencies and departments.
The SCG Public Policy Advisory Committee supports our members working in the policy realm. The Committee will work to frame the philanthropy public policy conversation on a local, state, and federal level by:
Educating SCG members on political and legislative issues affecting philanthropy and the issue areas philanthropy supports.
Fostering engagement and collaborations with policymakers and the philanthropic sector to advance the work of philanthropy and build strong communities.
Advance public policy with an equity lens.
For more information, please contact David Carroll, Vice President, Public Policy & Government Relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our policy work includes heightened coordination with our statewide initiative, Philanthropy California, to study, dialogue, demonstrate and advocate for policies that support community-led solutions. We equip grantmakers to learn about and focus on nine broad, issue-based categories centered on community voice, racial equity, and justice.
We advocate using philanthropy’s convening role to advance public policy that supports the healthy development of children. We bring together different governmental agencies and nonprofit partners to identify opportunities for effective systems change while enabling grantmakers with less policy background to participate in this process.
We support justice reinvestment efforts that advance sentencing reform, promote alternatives to incarceration, invest in prevention, and increase successful civic, economic, and social re-entry.
We support an inclusive market economy that ensures anyone, regardless of their race, gender, age, or other circumstance, over which they have no control, has full and fair access to economic opportunity, including economic, workforce, and financial development.
We believe that the environmental health of our communities is a key component of a vibrant society. We primarily focus on climate change resiliency and air and water quality in our region.
Housing and Homelessness
Affordable housing is essential for our communities. We support public investments in permanent supportive housing for persons experiencing homelessness, tax policies that support affordable housing and community development, and streamlining of approvals for the construction of affordable housing.
We believe civic, economic, and social immigrant inclusion contributes to a thriving California. We stand for federal immigration policies and practices that provide fair and humane treatment, including the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program; ensuring that immigrants can safely access vital social services; guaranteeing immigrants are counted in the 2020 Census. Furthermore, we support inclusive, comprehensive immigration reform efforts that safely enable people to become citizens.
Social Safety Net
We recognize that the cross-cutting social safety net plays an essential role in ensuring that Californians have access to social services that offer a greater quality of life, including, but not limited to health care, food security, and housing. While the government is primarily responsible for public programs, we also recognize philanthropy’s ability to re-imagine government through collective impact and partnerships. These partnerships can lead and have led to innovative pilot programs that make government more responsive. We equip grantmakers to become involved in this process while adamantly opposing changes that unsustainably shift the responsibility to philanthropy and nonprofits.
We support systems change efforts that ensure veterans and their families safely reintegrate into their communities and that they receive the benefits and supports which their service guarantees.
Issues Affecting Philanthropy and Nonprofits
We believe in advancing public policy that nurtures our nation’s philanthropic and nonprofit sectors to strengthen and grow our civil society. We do so by protecting nonprofit nonpartisanship and a fair tax policy that promotes charitable giving.
SCG's policy events provide members with the opportunity to share the work of philanthropy with state and federal lawmakers so that best practices developed from your grantmaking can be scaled up to improve the lives of millions of Californians.
Foundations on the Hill
Once a year, the SCG team and our Philanthropy California delegation of statewide members convene to ensure policymakers in Washington, D.C. understand the landscapes of the communities we serve. Foundations on the Hill (FOTH) brings together hundreds of foundation leaders from across the country to meet with Congress and discuss issues of critical importance to philanthropy.
This annual gathering brings together our state’s elected officials with leaders of philanthropy. SCG members participate in Sacramento Day to develop and cultivate relationships with fellow policy-oriented peers and policymakers. Together, we encourage legislators to view foundations as thought partners.