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California Foundations: An Examination of Recent Trends and Future Prospects

San Francisco, CA
January 31, 2007

A special program, offered to tie in with our newest report on California Foundations, was held at the Foundation Center's San Francisco library/learning center on January 31, 2007. Speakers addressed and responded to the recent trends and future prospects identified in the study. An audio recording of the program is available below.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The California foundation community was unquestionably affected by the technology sector downturn and overall economic decline that marked the early years of the 2000s. More recent economic trends suggest a modestly more positive outlook for funders. Yet numerous questions remain:

  • How did California foundations fare during the downturn? Did the establishment of new foundations slow?
  • Did the unique California foundation giving priorities tracked during the late 1990s change overall? By region?
  • What are the prospects for growth in existing California foundation resources and new foundation establishment going forward?

Learn about recent trends from Steven Lawrence, director of research at the Foundation Center and author of the new report, California Foundations: An Update on the State's Grantmaking Community, and James M. Ferris, director of the Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy at the University of Southern California and author of the companion study, California Foundations 2004: Trends and Patterns. In a panel discussion that followed, local foundation leaders offered their perspectives on the outlook for the California foundation community and emerging issues for the state's grantmakers. Presented in collaboration with Northern California Grantmakers.

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