Smart Growth California: Climate Funders’ Collaborative (Baja/Imperial/San Diego Region) In-Person Network-Wide Gathering
Apr 11 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm


We invite you to join the next in-person network-wide gathering for the Climate Funders’ Collaborative (Baja/Imperial/San Diego Region), where you’ll have an opportunity to connect with funders and take a deeper dive into issues related to creating inclusive, climate-oriented communities.

Timing may change slightly as this site visit is still in process of being finalized. We plan to visit Barrio Logan to learn more about an exciting Transformative Climate Communities application being put together by the Environmental Health Coalition, San Diego Foundation, and others. This would bring over $25M in state funding for a broad set of place-based, climate infrastructure funding into the region.

Learn more info about the TCC program here: https://www.sgc.ca.gov/programs/tcc/

We invite you to join the CFC Steering Committee!

Next meeting: Mar. 14, 10-11 AM
If you’re interested in joining or learning more, please .
Urban Waters Federal Partnership with Jeff Lerner | Webinar
Apr 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm


TFN’s Urban Water Funders is hosting a conversation with funder-turned-bureaucrat Jeff Lerner, who now serves as the EPA’s Chief of Partnership Programs in the Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds, in which he leads the Urban Waters Federal Partnership. In his new role, Jeff is looking to build closer relationships between the EPA and the philanthropic community and will share and solicit feedback about their programs as they seek to expand.

We will also discuss the Urban Water Ambassadors program, which provides a federal government-funded position housed at local NGOs or government agencies that supports historically under-resourced communities in accessing federal resources, tools and services.

Please join us on April 12 at 2 p.m. ET/ 11 a.m. PT for this engaging discussion.


Funder-turned-bureaucrat Jeff Lerner now serves as the EPA’s Chief of Partnership Programs in the Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds, in which he leads the Urban Waters Federal Partnership.

Creative Approaches To Solar Power For Low & Moderate-Income Communities
Apr 13 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Register HERE!

Join us for a webinar to learn about innovative foundation approaches to bring solar power to low- and moderate-income communities (LMI).

The benefits of solar power have not been distributed equitably. Several funders are addressing this problem with innovative approaches that bring the benefits of solar — and solar + storage — to LMI and disadvantaged communities. This webinar will share the wide range of strategies that funders are using. These strategies will be featured in a report that will be released a week before the webinar. Strategies include loan guarantees, direct purchase, intermediaries, paying installers directly, and providing free technical assistance to help with planning and design. Some funders are also funding solar + battery storage to build climate resilience. The webinar will include insights from foundation leaders who have successfully implemented strategies for LMI solar. Join us to talk about equitable solar solutions!

*This event is co-sponsored by The Funders Network, Climate and Energy Funders Group, and Health and Environmental Funders Network.

Register HERE!


(In order from left to right):

Danielle Deane-Ryan, Director, Equitable Climate Solutions, Bezos Earth Fund (Moderator)

Joe Evans, Portfolio Director and Social Investment Officer, The Kresge Foundation

Sarah Shanley Hope, Vice President, Narrative Strategies, The Solutions Project

Vero Bourg-Meyer, Project Direct, Solar and Offshore Wind, Clean Energy States Alliance

How to be a Future-Focused Leader..Now | Webinar
Apr 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm


In the wake of an ongoing pandemic and an overdue racial reckoning, the world has undergone significant changes in policies, social norms and practices.

How can we ensure that communities in need are not left behind as we move forward?

Join Trista Harris, philanthropic futurist and president of FutureGood, and Lori Melichar, director of the Pioneer Portfolio at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, as they share their insights on how we can use the tools of futurism to build the future we want to see for ourselves, our sector and our communities.

How to be a Future-Focused Leader..Now
April 17 at 1 p.m. ET/ 10 a.m. PT

In this session, you’ll learn how to:

  • Develop a future-focused mindset for your work
  • Discover a series of trends that will impact your field
  • Build your ability to notice and track trends that are important to your work

Join us for an engaging discussion on how futurism can be a powerful tool for creating a more beautiful and equitable future.

Register by April 16 for this funder-only webinar. If you have any qurstions, kindly reach out to Hazel Paguaga at hazel@fundersnetwork.org. 


Smart Growth California: Wildfire Resilience Funders Convening | May 22-24 | Tahoe City, CA
May 22 – May 24 all-day


Smart Growth California will be co-hosting a site visit at this event. Please see below for details and register using the link above!

Please join us for our first in-person gathering of the Wildfire Resilience Funders network in Tahoe City, CA on May 22-24. 

The purpose of our gathering is to deepen connections with one another, learn from place, and identify areas for collaborative action. We will kick off our first evening with a dinner for reconnecting, and then dive in the next day with a site visit to learn from local organizations that are working at the intersection of wildfire, water, economic development and community health. The remainder of our time together will be exploring our shared values as it relates to wildfire-resilient communities and wildfire-adapted landscapes, and we will use these values to guide us as we explore collaborative action together.

Please bring your voice to the table as we build this network together!


The meeting will be hosted at the Granlibakken Resort in beautiful Tahoe City, CA

Program Schedule

Monday, May 22 – Arrival and group dinner

Tuesday, May 23 – Morning site visit, Afternoon session, Social hour and dinner

Wednesday, May 24 – Morning session, Lunch, Departure

Registration is open to Wildfire Resilience Funder Network members only. Registration fee $350.

To register, please fill out and submit the registration form below. Payment can be made by clicking the “Pay Meeting Registration Fee” box, which will direct you to our Pay by Stripe portal. Credit card and Apply Pay accepted.

Note – Accommodations at Granlibakken Resort must be booked separately. Rooms are available, but we encourage you to make your reservation as quickly as possible.

Inclusive Economies 2023 Meeting
Jun 28 – Jun 29 all-day

TFN believes that in order for communities to be truly just, sustainable and economically prosperous, we must challenge and confront the power dynamics and structural racism that have historically fostered inequities and informed policies and practices.

Racial and economic equity are fundamental to just and inclusive communities, cities and regions. Both urgent and sustained action are needed to change systems that prevent historically marginalized people from prospering, and address deep and widening disparities in income, wealth, and social outcomes.

Save the date for TFN’s Inclusive Economies 2023 Meeting in Atlanta, Ga. where we will gather to understand how to make communities just, sustainable and economically prosperous.


Stay tuned for updates on speakers, sessions and registration dates!


There is a registration fee of $300 for Members and $400 for non-members to participate in this meeting. For questions regarding group rates please contact Hazel Paguaga at hazel@fundersnetwork.org

About Inclusive Economies

TFN’s Inclusive Economies working group brings place-based funders and related partners from across the sector together to build working relationships, advancing understanding of practices and policies that lead to inclusive prosperity and taking joint action that drives the field forward. We apply a three-part focus — race, place and prosperity — to economic growth and development. A particular goal is connecting people and neighborhoods of color to employment and wealth-building opportunities through investment, systems change, and policy reform.

Inclusive Economies launched in 2019, replacing TFN’s Restoring Prosperity in Older Industrial Cities working group. This new group represents a vision of shared, restorative and equitable prosperity in places of all types (urban, suburban, and rural), sizes (neighborhoods, cities, towns, and regions), and market conditions (weak, moderate, and strong).

How can I participate?

TFN working groups and initiatives are open to participation from TFN members and non-members alike. We welcome participation from grantmaking organizations, philanthropy serving organizations, local governments, and infrastructure groups that support funders. If you would like to subscribe to TFN’s Inclusive Economies listserv to receive newsletters and other resources, click here.