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

2017 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 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:

A Diverse & Growing Region: The laboratory for the future of California

Home to an Increasingly Robust Nonprofit Sector: Investment is needed to ensure sustainable and effective growth

Ripe for Investment: Leadership, vision, and willingness to reach the “next” Inland Empire

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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2017 Funders Alliance Members

The Community Foundation

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

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
Bank of America Charitable Foundation
BBVA Compass
The California Endowment
The California Wellness Foundation
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.

California State University, SB Philanthropic Foundation
The Children's Fund
Inland Empire United Way
First 5 San Bernardino
First 5 Riverside
HMC Designing Futures Foundation
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.


JP Morgan Chase Global Philanthropy
Kaiser Permanente-Riverside
Regional Access Project Foundation
Riverside Arts Council
Riverside Community Health Foundation
San Bernardino County Government
Southern California Edison, Community Investment
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
Tesoro, Southern California
United Way of the Inland Valleys
U.S. Bank, Foundation & Community Relations Division
Weingart Foundation
Wells Fargo Foundation


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