Envisioning California Conference — “The Nonprofit Sector: Crisis and Untapped Opportunities”

October 21st, 2011 | Photo Essay

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CSUN’s College of Behavioral and Social Sciences’ Center for Southern California Studies on Oct. 14, co-hosted the 22nd annual Envisioning California Conference, a gathering for policymakers and scholars to discuss the ongoing crises and untapped opportunities facing California’s nonprofit sector amid a tough economic climate. The center, established in 1996, offers diverse programs that facilitate pathways to productive policy dialogue aimed at building community capacity and participation. In the picture, keynote speaker Thomas E. Backer, president of the Human Interaction Research Institute, leads the evening’s plenary discussion at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Photo by Jenny Donaire.

President Jolene Koester addresses the more than 180 attendees. Photo by Lee Choo.

Tavis Smiley, host of the late night television talk show “Tavis Smiley” on PBS and “The Tavis Smiley Show” on Public Radio International, presented the keynote address. Photo by Jenny Donaire.

Josh Sides, CSUN history professor and director of the Center for Southern California Studies and Stella Theodoulou, dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Photo by Jenny Donaire.

Jane Wales, vice president of philanthropy and society at the Aspen Institute, president and CEO of the World Affairs Council and founding CEO of the Global Philanthropy Forum, delivered the opening plenary session lecture. Photo by Lee Choo.

Panelists enjoy the opportunity to discuss challenges and share strategies for meeting the needs of vulnerable Californians during this era of scarcity. Panel discussions included Creative Technology for Improving Health Nonprofits, Health and Wellness, Comprehensive Approaches to Poverty, Tribes and Territories, Government and Nonprofits as Partners and Who Watches Foundations? From left: Louis Rubino, CSUN faculty, Health Sciences; Beatriz Solis, director, Healthy Communities, California Endowment; David Pacheco, president, AARP California; Daisy Lemus, CSUN faculty, Communication Studies. Also on the panel but not pictured is Carlina Hansen, executive director, Women’s Community Clinic San Francisco. Photo by Lee Choo.

Marianne Haver Hill, president and CEO of MEND (Meet Each Need with Dignity), shares her nonprofit expertise with attendees. MEND serves up to 32,000 clients each month and is considered the most comprehensive poverty-relief organization in the San Fernando Valley. Photo by Lee Choo.

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