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10 Questions or Less for Charlotte Anheier

10 Questions or Less is a feature through which we get to know regional association staff members a little better—their work, what drives them, and more. If you would like to suggest someone for a profile through 10 Questions or Less, contact Dan Brady. This week, Charlotte Anheier, Online Community Manager for Southern California Grantmakers.

Congratulations on launching your new site. It looks great! You’ve clearly put a lot of work into it. What do you hope to accomplish with the new site that you couldn’t do before?

The goal was to create a site that is easy to navigate, provides great resources and news to members, and functions as an important member benefit. I also hope that the site will provide a strong platform for future developments like collaborative workspaces and all those other great ideas we haven’t thought of yet!

From your perspective, what is the best part of working with the Forum and other regional associations on a common Drupal-Salesforce platform?

The amount of knowledge shared within the group is really incredible. When you’re really lost and have no idea how to create that formula field in Salesforce or how to set up a mandrill template, you have 50+ experts to email or call about it. Also, having the Forum staff (especially Val) available on the Saturday afternoon before you launch the site to assist with the inevitable “everything is going wrong” moment is priceless. Continue reading


Southern California Grantmakers Joins KM Initiative

The Forum is pleased to announce that Southern California Grantmakers has joined the Knowledge Management Initiative. The Forum’s integrated system consists of a dynamic web site supported by a robust Drupal content management system integrated with the industry-leading Salesforce database and featuring a collective Knowledgebase of quality materials for grantmakers. With SCG, nearly three quarters of regional associations are participating in KM. Continue reading

Southern California Grantmakers Names New President

Christine Essel SCGThe Board of Directors of Southern California Grantmakers (SCG) has announced the selection of Christine Essel as the organization’s next President starting February 1, 2013. Christine recently served as Chief Executive Officer for the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles and its successor agency CRA/LA. Her appointment is effective February 1, 2013.

As Chief Executive Officer for CRA/LA and the Community Redevelopment Agency for the City of Los Angeles, Christine has provided support and incentives to attract private investment to improve the quality of life and provide economic development opportunities in Los Angeles’ most challenged communities.

Prior to her work at CRA/LA, Christine had an impressive, 30-year career at Paramount Pictures, starting in finance and going on to build a government and community relations unit including legislative affairs, employee volunteer programs, corporate responsibility, ethics, fundraising and leadership of the studio’s philanthropic efforts.

Christine’s civic involvement activities include a run for a seat on the Los Angeles City Council and membership on the Boards/Commissions of the Grand Avenue Project, Los Angeles Development Fund, Film LA, Central City Association, Los Angeles World Airports, and the California Workforce Investment Board.

RA CEO Transitions

Last week, two regional association CEOs announced their departures. Betsy Nelson, president of Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers, will retire at the end of 2012 and Sushma Raman, president of Southern California Grantmakers, will leave SCG in July to attend a mid-career Master’s program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Both these leaders will be sorely missed by the Forum Network. We thank them for their invaluable contributions over the years and wish them the best in their future endeavors.

Since 1990, Betsy has led ABAG to a leadership role in the region and within the Regional Association of Grantmakers movement nationwide.  Her expertise in facilitating partnerships and collaboration and in enhancing family dynamics through philanthropy has been a key component in the growth of the organization.


Over the past five years, Sushma has shepherded SCG to become the sophisticated, responsive membership association it is today. SCG has steadily enhanced member services, programs, fundraising strategies, public policy work, operations and communications. With Sushma at the helm, membership has grown by 12 percent and membership retention rates have exceeded 95 percent. During her tenure, SCG’s operating budget increased to approximately $1.6 million, with several major foundations and corporations providing general operating support and sponsorships for the first time in SCG’s history.

National Teleconference on Japan Earthquake Recovery

Southern California Grantmakers will be hosting a teleconference on how grantmakers can respond to the disaster in Japan, Relief and Recovery: What Grantmakers Need to Know About Japan, on Tuesday, June 14 at 1 pm EST. SCG has partnered with Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington, Northern California Grantmakers, Philanthropy Northwest, and San Diego Grantmakers, to present this program.  It is open to all members of regional associations.  Your members can register online at no charge.
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