What Did Grantmakers Learn During the Pandemic and What Might Happen Next?

A look at the factors informing giving in the coming year.
About This Event

Our November Lunch & Learn asks: What key lessons did grantmakers learn this year and, looking ahead, what should we expect in 2023? The pandemic put pressure on every part of our sector and proved that nonprofit organizations play an essential role in serving historically marginalized communities. We saw groups come together in new ways to provide food, testing, vaccinations, mental health support, and information-sharing. Funders moved rapidly to respond and help drive outcomes. Join us for this free discussion about what we know now and where giving could be headed in the coming year.

Thank you to JPMorgan Chase for sponsoring CNM’s 2022-2023 Lunch & Learn Series.

Who Should Attend

This event is open to nonprofit executive directors, CEOs, staff, volunteers, and board members of nonprofit organizations looking to serve Los Angeles County communities.


Efrain Escobedo, Vice President, Education & Immigration, California Community Foundation

Efrain’s extensive career has been dedicated to increasing civic engagement and ensuring public policies and institutions serve and empower our communities. He has worked both locally and nationally on efforts to increase citizenship, voter participation, and the U.S. Census, and is widely recognized as an expert and active leader in Latino civic engagement and elections policy.

Deidre Lind, President & CEO, Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles

An award-winning philanthropic leader, Diedre is the founding President of the Mayor’s Fund, which was created to build diverse public/private partnerships focused on innovation and impact. She has built her career across two decades leading corporate responsibility and philanthropy programs, including serving for a decade as Mattel’s chief global social impact strategist where she launched their two-percent pre-tax profit annual commitment, and delivered the company’s first global sustainability assessment. She has served as president of a private foundation and consulted with corporate clients and government entities. Deidre serves on the boards of directors of Southern California Grantmakers and the Social Impact Fund. A native of Los Angeles, she received her BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Master’s degrees in both Social Work and Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

Joyce Ybarra, Director of Grant Operations, Weingart Foundation

Joyce is responsible for managing the Foundation’s day-to-day grantmaking. She joined the Foundation in 2009 as Program Officer, possessing more than a decade of foundation and nonprofit experience. Before joining the Foundation, she served with Southern California Grantmakers as a Program Specialist and as a Consultant Program Officer for the Los Angeles Immigrant Funders’ Collaborative.


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