Donor Peer Network

In 2018, the Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF) engaged a philanthropic consultant to lead a series of one-on-one meetings and focus groups with our donor-clients.  Our goal from this effort was to gain an in-depth understanding of the needs of our clients and to best determine the ways we could help meet those needs as we support them in their philanthropy. 

It immediately became clear that our donor-clients were seeking relationship with others engaged in giving.  For example, 80% shared that learning from their peers (other donors) was their most trusted source of information guiding their philanthropy.  100% of those participating in the focus group sessions shared they wanted to learn more about the challenges and issues facing our community and build relationships with other VCCF donor-clients.    

Following a series of robust discussions, our donor-clients asked VCCF to create an inaugural Donor Peer Network where they could engage with others, explore best practices, and learn more about the needs of our community.  We were excited to launch the first VCCF Donor Peer Network in January 2021, led by co-Chairs Catherine Sepulveda and Jack Edelstein.

For more information, please contact Calleen O’Neall at and (805) 330-6987.

Mission Statement

To gather a community of philanthropists that serves as a network for members to connect.
Through collaborative learning, exploring opportunities and best practices, our vision is to effectively address issues to improve Ventura County.

VCCF Current Initiatives Include:

Animal Welfare

Supporting Caregivers

Capacity Building for Nonprofits

Disaster Response

Advancing Early Childhood Education


Affordable Housing

Medical Research

Support of Small Business

Vaccination Outreach & Education

Donor Peer Network Calendar

Available to Donor Peer Network Only

Proposed Date/Time
Focused Time Together
Community of Practice
Issue Specific
Peer Sharing
September 23, 2021 Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Transfer of Wealth in Ventura County
Housing and Homelessness
Zoom Breakout Group
October 28, 2021
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Philanthropy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Cutting-Edge Technology for Social Impact
Fathomwerx Tour & Social
November 18, 2021 Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Regional Equity Study of Central Coast
DEI in the Field of Philanthropy
Zoom Breakout Groups
December 2, 2021
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
The Power of Appreciative Inquiry
Early Childhood
VCCF Nonprofit Center Holiday Season Social
January 27, 2022 Noon – 1:30 p.m.
State of the Nonprofit Sector in Ventura County
Zoom Breakout Groups
February 24, 2022
Noon – 1:30 p.m
Sustainable Development Goals and the Power of the Community Foundation Global Network
The Interconnectedness of Issues and Dealing with Complex Topics
Zoom Breakout Groups
Book Discussion: Money Well Spent: A Strategic Plan for Smart Philanthropy
March 24, 2022
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Dinner with VCCF Board of Directors
(Open Group Discussion, Sharing, and Q&A)
April 21, 2022
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Turning Empathy into Action: Collective Impact Design and Management (Part I)
Animal Welfare Taskforce Learnings and Impact in Year 1
Zoom Breakout Groups
May 26, 2022
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Turning Empathy into Action: Collective Impact Design and Management (Part II)
Arts & Culture
Outdoor Social Museum of Ventura County
June 23, 2022
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Donor Peer Network: Year 1 in Review
(Facilitated Discussion and Feedback)

Quarterly Workshops

Available to all VCCF Donor-Clients

Target Audience
Quarter 1
Quarter 2
Quarter 3
Emerging Philanthropists & New Staff
Fundamentals of Grantmaking: Nonprofit Financial Analysis
Fundamentals of Grantmaking:
Philanthropic Strategies
Fundamentals of Grantmaking:
Non-Grant Strategies
Experienced Philanthropists & Staff
Public/Private partnerships to
support Ventura County priorities
New philanthropic vehicles: PRIs, Impact Investing, SIBs, Prizes
Redesigning the rules of the NP Sector to maximize social change
Foundation Trustees and Family Philanthropy
Governance Best Practices
Engaging the Next Gen
Succession Planning
Next Gen (Ages 17 – 35)
Technology & Social Media to Drive Impact
Not Your Parent’s Philanthropy
Next Gens Making A Difference
Wealth Advisors and VCCF Donor Clients (Need to offer Continuing Education Credit)
Pillars of Purposeful Philanthropy
Power of Purpose and Creating Meaning through Charitable Trusts, Donor Advised Funds, and Family Foundations
Planning for Impact in the Context of Family Wealth
A Call to Action: The Transfer of Wealth in Ventura County and Growing Philanthropy to Create Lasting Impact
State of the Ventura County Community Foundation
Ventura County Civic Alliance State of the Region Report

Virtual Lunch & Learns

VCCF Donors, Board Members, Nonprofit Community

Proposed Date/Time
Nonprofit Highlights/ Issue Area
VCCF Update/ Breakout Group
Meeting Materials
April 22, 2021 Noon – 1 p.m.
Women’s Economic Venture
COVID-19 Response Update
View Slides
May 6, 2021 Noon – 1 p.m.
Disaster Preparedness (Presentation with Red Cross)
VCCF Scholarship Season Update/ Vaccine Outreach Update
View Recording
June 10, 2021 Noon – 1 p.m.
Ventura County Botanic Gardens and Los Padres Forestwatch
VCCF Environmental Listening Tour Results
August 19, 2021 Noon – 1 p.m.
VCCF Scholarship Program
Update on Complete Reach Committee and Vaccine Outreach
September 9, 2021 Noon – 1 p.m.
Family Justice Center and Housing Pilot Program Update
Next steps for Housing Pilot Program

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