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 firstname.lastname@example.org and (805) 330-6987.
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:
Capacity Building for Nonprofits
Advancing Early Childhood Education
Support of Small Business
Vaccination Outreach & Education
Donor Peer Network Calendar
Available to Donor Peer Network Only
Focused Time Together
Community of Practice
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 SectorCenter for Nonprofit Leadership
January 27, 2022Noon – 1:30 P.M. Virtual
Community Foundations as Civic Homes
Housing and Homelessness
February 24, 2022 Noon – 1:30 P.M. Virtual
Highest Quality Early Childhood Education, Santa Paula Pilot Program
Open for Questions / Discussion
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
June 23, 2022
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in-person
Donor Peer Network: Year 1 in Review
Facilitated Discussion and Feedback
Available to all VCCF Donor-Clients
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, 2022Noon – 1:00 p.m.Virtual
Competitive GrantmakingNovember 10, 2022Noon – 1:00 p.m.Virtual
Transfer of Wealth in Ventura CountyMarch 3, 2022Noon – 1:30 p.m.Click HERE to view recording
State of the Ventura County Community Foundation September 29, 20224:00 – 6:00 p.m.In-Person: VCCF Nonprofit Center
Virtual Lunch & Learns
VCCF Donors, Board Members, Nonprofit Community
Nonprofit Highlights/ Issue Area
VCCF Update/ Breakout Group
April 22, 2021 Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Women’s Economic Venture
COVID-19 Response Update
May 6, 2021 Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Disaster Preparedness (Presentation with Red Cross)
VCCF Scholarship Season Update/ Vaccine Outreach Update
June 10, 2021 Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Ventura County Botanic Gardens and Los Padres Forestwatch
VCCF Environmental Listening Tour Results
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
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 MarketsThe Year Ahead
VCCF Portfolio Review
January 20, 2022 Noon- 1:00 p.m.
Santa Monica Mountain Fund and the National Park Service
Update on VCCF Animal Welfare Taskforce
March 17, 2022 Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Community Action of Ventura County and FoodShare
Recap of Transfer of Wealth Workshop
April 28, 2022 noon – 1:00 p.m.
MESA, Homeless Youth and Transitional Housing
Tiny Home Pilot Project
June 16, 2022 Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Guest Speaker Supervisor Linda Parks on the Lewis Road Property
VCCF Environmental Initiative