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  

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 Riverside and/or San Bernardino Counties.

THE INLAND EMPIRE: Critical to the Future of our State.
The Funders Alliance’s outreach and advocacy campaign reaches out to public and private funders outside of the region so that they understand the challenges and opportunities that exist in Inland Southern California. We are communicating three key messages: 

    1. A Diverse & Growing Region: The laboratory for the future of California
    2. Home to an Increasingly Robust Nonprofit Sector: Investment is needed to ensure sustainable and effective growth
    3. Ripe for Investment: Leadership, vision, and willingness to reach the “next” Inland Empire



Guide to Promising Initiatives For Funding Investments In Inland Southern California

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1.     Andeavor, Southern California 


2.     The Annenberg Foundation 


3.     Arrowhead United Way 


4.     Bank of America Charitable Foundation 


5.     BBVA Compass 


6.     The California Endowment 


7.     The California Wellness Foundation


8.     The Children's Fund 


9.     The Community Foundation 


10.   First 5 Riverside 


11.   First 5 San Bernardino


12.   HMC Designing Futures Foundation 


13.   Inland Empire United Way 


14.   The James Irvine Foundation


15.   JP Morgan Chase Global Philanthropy 


16.   Kaiser Permanente-Riverside 


17.   Kaiser Permanente-San Bernardino County


18.   Regional Access Project (RAP) Foundation 


19.   St. Joseph Health


20.   San Bernardino County Government 


21.   San Manuel Band of Mission Indians 


22.   Southern California Edison, Community Investment 


23.   Unical Aviation


24.   UniHealth Foundation


25.   Union Bank Foundation 


26.   U.S. Bank, Foundation & Community Relations Division 


27.   United Way of the Inland Valleys 


28.   The Guillermo J. Valenzuela Foundation


29.   Walmart


30.   The Weingart Foundation 


31.   Wells Fargo Foundation 



Celia Cudiamat, 2018-2019 Funders Alliance Chair
Executive Vice President of Programs, The Community Foundation


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