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 Pardinas 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
November 17, 2021
8:00 A.M. – Noon
Ventura County State of the Region
Ventura County Civic Alliance
November 30, 2021
11:30 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.
State of Nonprofit Sector
Center for Nonprofit Leadership
January 27, 2022
Noon – 1:30 P.M.
Community Foundations as Civic Homes
Housing and Homelessness
Passion Pitch
February 24, 2022
Noon – 1:30 P.M.
Highest Quality Early Childhood Education, Santa Paula Pilot Program
Open for Questions / Discussion
Passion Pitch
March 24, 2022
5:30 P.M. – 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.
Welcome to YOUR Donor Peer Network
Open for Questions / Discussion
Passion Pitch
June 23, 2022
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Donor Peer Network: Year 1 in Review
Facilitated Discussion and Feedback
Passion Pitch

Quarterly Workshops

Available to all VCCF Donor-Clients

Target Audience
Quarter 1
Quarter 2
Quarter 3
Quarter 4
VCCF Donors, Private
Foundations, and Supporting Staff
Nonprofit Financial Analysis
January 13, 2022
Noon- 1:00 p.m.
Click HERE to view recording
Conducting Site Visits & Great Questions to Ask
September 8, 2022
Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Competitive Grantmaking
November 10, 2022
Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Transfer of Wealth in Ventura County
March 3, 2022
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Click HERE to view recording
State of the Ventura County Community Foundation
September 29, 2022
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
In-Person: VCCF Nonprofit Center

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 – 1:00 p.m.
Women’s Economic Venture
COVID-19 Response Update
View Presentation
May 6, 2021
Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Disaster Preparedness (Presentation with Red Cross)
VCCF Scholarship Season Update/ Vaccine Outreach Update
View Recording
June 10, 2021
Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Ventura County Botanic Gardens and Los Padres Forestwatch
VCCF Environmental Listening Tour Results
View Recording
August 19, 2021 Noon – 1:00 p.m.
VCCF Scholarship Program
Update on Complete Reach Committee and Vaccine Outreach
View Scholarship Presentation
September 9, 2021 Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Family Justice Center and Housing Pilot Program Update
Next steps for Housing Pilot Program
View Recording
October 21, 2021
NOON – 1:00 P.M.
Turning Point Foundation
VCCF Fiscal 2022 Strategy & Key Indicators
December 9, 2021
noon – 1:00 p.m.
Canterbury Consulting: Financial Markets
The Year Ahead
VCCF Portfolio Review
View Presentation
January 20, 2022 Noon- 1:00 p.m.
Santa Monica Mountain Fund and the National Park Service
Update on VCCF Animal Welfare Taskforce
View Recording
March 17, 2022 Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Community Action of Ventura County and FoodShare
Recap of Transfer of Wealth Workshop
View Recording
April 28, 2022
noon – 1:00 p.m.
MESA, Homeless Youth and Transitional Housing
Tiny Home Pilot Project
View Recording
June 16, 2022
Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Guest Speaker Supervisor Linda Parks on the Lewis Road Property
VCCF Environmental Initiative
Register HERE

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