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 Nathan Hickling at nhickling@vccf.org and (805) 330-6667.

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

Environment

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
Virtual
Ventura County State of the Region
Ventura County Civic Alliance
November 30, 2021
11:30 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.
Virtual
State of Nonprofit Sector
Center for Nonprofit Leadership
January 27, 2022
Noon – 1:30 P.M.
Virtual
Community Foundations as Civic Homes
Housing and Homelessness
Passion Pitch
February 24, 2022
Noon – 1:30 P.M.
Virtual
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.
In-Person
Dinner with VCCF Board of Directors
Open Group Discussion, Sharing, and Q&A
April 21, 2022
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
virtual
Welcome to YOUR Donor Peer Network
Open for Questions / Discussion
Passion Pitch
June 23, 2022
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
virtual
Donor Peer Network: Year 1 in Review
Facilitated Discussion and Feedback
Passion Pitch
NOVEMBER 17, 2022
5:00 – 7:00 P.M.
In-Person
Location TBD
Donor Peer Network Social
Reunion Holiday Dinner

Open Group Discussion, Sharing, and Q&A
Passion Pitch
FEBRUARY 16, 2023
5:00 – 7:00 P.M.
In-Person
Location TBD
Donor Peer Network Social
Topic: Partnering with Government

Open for Questions / Discussion
Passion Pitch
MAY 18, 2023
5:00 – 7:00 PM
In-Person
Location TBD
Donor Peer Network Social
Open Group Discussion, Sharing, and Q&A
Passion Pitch

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