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 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
4:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Regional Equity Study of Central Coast
Housing and Homelessness
Passion Fast Pitch
February 24, 2022
Noon – 1:30 P.M.
Highest Quality Early Childhood Education in Ventura County
Santa Paula Pilot Program
Passion Fast 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.
Turning Empathy into Action: Collective Impact Design and Management (Part I)
Open for Questions / Discussion
Passion Fast Pitch
May 26, 2022
noon – 1:30 p.m.
Turning Empathy into Action: Collective Impact Design and Management (Part II)
Open for Questions / Discussion
Passion Fast Pitch
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
VCCF Donors, Private
Foundations, and Supporting Staff
Nonprofit Financial Analysis
Conducting Site Visits & Great Questions to Ask
Competitive Grantmaking
Wealth Advisors and VCCF Donor Clients
Serving and Protecting Your Clients: Nonprofit Financial Analysis & Due Diligence
Conversation with Donors: Critical Questions in the Philanthropic Journey
Transfer of Wealth in Ventura County
State of the Ventura County Community Foundation

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

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