Inland Empire Capaciteria


The Funders Alliance of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties

The Funders Alliance is a collaborative group of large regional funding agencies that have joined together to increase communication, collaboration, and coordination among regional funders. The primary goals of the Alliance include:

  • Regional networking and information sharing between large funders
  • Advocacy for the needs of the region
  • Leveraging of funds to maximize impact on common goals
  • Increasing the capacity of service providers within the region

2016 Focus Areas

Capacity Building: The role of the Capacity Building workgroup is to discuss, research and identify ways to strengthen organizations in the region to positively impact quality of life through the use of proven methodologies, evidenced based programs and best practices in board and organizational development.

Outreach & Advocacy: The role of the Outreach & Advocacy workgroup is to identify and establish connection with private philanthropy and government funders attract foundation and state/federal funding to the region. The Funders Alliance is a central resource to others interested in learning about, navigating and funding within the Inland Empire.

Member Eligibility Requirements

Funders Alliance membership is intended to include high level administrators (CEO, ED, etc.) or key regional representatives who possess decision making authority (subject to approval of their governing body) and whose primary, if not sole activity, involves the provision of substantial funding ($100,000+ annually) for services provided by community based and/or public agencies in western Riverside and/or San Bernardino Counties.

The Expanding Nonprofit Excellence Initiative

THE INLAND EMPIRE: Great Need. Limited Resources. Untapped Potential.

The Funders Alliance’s outreach and advocacy campaign reaches out to public and private funders outside of the region so that they understand the needs and opportunities that exist in the Inland Empire. We are communicating three key messages:

Great Needs: There are high rates of growth and low rates of progress on economic, education, and health outcomes

Limited Resources: There is a tattered safety net with struggling nonprofits and little financial support

Untapped Potential: There is also renewed energy and a vision for the future

Funders Alliance members thank the generous supporters of this project – The California Endowment and the County of San Bernardino.

Guide to Promising Initiatives For Funding Investments In Inland Southern California

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2016 Funders Alliance Members

Altura Credit Union

Throughout Altura's history, we have been very much involved in our community. It's easy for companies to say they care about the community and their customers (in our case, Members), but it's something else when companies show it. Here at Altura, we put our money where our mouth is. We proudly sponsor groups, events, fundraisers and individuals who fall within our Sponsorship Guidlines.

Annenberg Foundation

The Annenberg Foundation is a family foundation established in 1989. Founded by Walter H. Annenberg, publisher and ambassador, the Foundation supports the worldwide community through its grantmaking, technical assistance and direct charitable activities.


Arrowhead United Way

Arrowhead United Way works to improve people's lives by engaging the caring power of people, agencies, companies and our communities.

Bank of America Charitable Foundation

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation provides philanthropic support to address needs vital to the health of our communities by focusing on perserving neighborhoods, educating the workforce for 21st century jobs and addressing critical needs, such as hunger.

CAP San Bernardino County

Citizens Business Bank

Citizens Business Bank is a top-rated financial institution that concentrates on delivering the finest in financial products and services through relationship banking commitments with businesses and professionals in the Inland Empire, Los Angeles County, Orange County and the Central Valley regions of California.

Children and Families Commission First 5 San Bernardino

Created under Proposition 10, tobacco tax revenue is invested locally to promote, support and enhance the health and early development of children prenatal through age five and their families and communities.

CSUSB Philanthropic Foundation

The CSUSB Philanthropic Foundation is a non-profit corporation chartered solely to support, benefit and advance the mission of California State University, San Bernardino that fosters a supportive and welcoming social and physical setting where students, faculty and staff feel they belong and can excel.

Edison International

At Edison International, we believe we have a common purpose with the communities we serve. We partner with nonprofits, community organizations and our employees to invest time and money where together we can have greater impact.


First 5 Riverside

First 5 Riverside, a divison of Riverside County Department of Public Social Services, provides funding for services for children 0 through 5 years of age which will help them be successful in school and throughout their lives.

HMC Designing Futures Foundation

The HMC Designing Futures Foundation is a non-profit scholarship foundation aimed at supporting the communities and markets in which we work. The foundation awards scholarships to students pursuing careers in design, health science, and education.

Inland Empire United Way

Dedicated to engaging the community to improve the lives and futures of those in need by strategically investing in education, health and financial stability.

JP Morgan Chase

JPMorgan Chase works with community partners to create pathways to opportunity by supporting workforce development, financial capability, small business development and community development in the regions where we do business.


Kaiser Permanente

Riverside & Moreno Valley Medical Centers

Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente's mission is to provide high quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve.

RAP Foundation

The Regional Access Project Foundation (RAP) addresses unmet needs in health, mental health and juvenile intervention for residents of eastern Riverside County through grants and technical assistance to tax exempt agencies and organizational service providers.

Riverside Arts Council

The county's central source for arts-related services, the Riverside Arts Council provides services that include grant opportunities, arts education, exhibitions, marketing and technical assistance to organizations and individual artists throughout the region.

Riverside Community Health Foundation

For over 16 years, Riverside Community Health Foundation has worked to improve the health and well-being of our community by funding and developing partnerships and collaborations that provide expanded access to high-quality healthcare services and education.

San Bernardino County, Human Services

Our Human Services departments provide an array of social and health services to citizens within our county, through a coordinated effort with our community partners.

The California Endowment

The California Endowment (TCE) is a private, statewide health foundation with a mission to build a stronger state by expanding access to affordable, quality health care to underserved communities and improving the overall health of all Californians.

The California Wellness Foundation

The California Wellness Foundation improves the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention. Since its founding in 1992, Cal Wellness has awarded 7,690 grants totaling more than $912 million.


The Children's Fund

Children's Fund is committed to providing brighter tomorrows to at-risk, abused, neglected, and impoverished children in the inland region.

The Community Foundation

We demonstrate community leadership by working with you to enhance the quality of life in our communities through philanthropy.

The James Irvine Foundation

The mission of The James Irvine Foundation is to expand opportunity for the people of California to participate in a vibrant, successful and inclusive society.

Union Bank Foundation

Through targeted philanthropic investments, strategic business expenditures, and the overwhelming generosity of our workforce, Union Bank aspires to fuel progress in the areas where we do business.


United Way of the Inland Valleys

The mission of United Way of the Inland Valleys is building community resources to improve life in Riverside County. United Way of the Inland Valleys philosophy is to remain neutral with regard to any and all religious and political issues. By doing so, we are able to help more people in need in our community.

U.S. Bank

At U.S. Bank, we invest our time, resources and passion to build and support vibrant communities that allow every person to work toward their possible.


Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo is proud to support organizations working to strengthen our communities.

Weingart Foundation

The Weingart Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in the areas of health, human services and education, across seven Southern California counties including Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, Ventura and San Diego.


Doug Rowand, 2016 Funders Alliance Chair
President, Arrowhead United Way
(909) 884-9441