Events

Below is a list of upcoming and past events such as workshops, webinars, and community meet-ups related to COVID-19 response in the Inland Empire

UPCOMING EVENTS

Briefing on COVID-19 Webinar #18

This week’s webinar will focus on the Black Equity Initiative (BEI) and Fund. Black communities have been bearing the brunt of two pandemics: COVID-19 for the past several months and racism since the inception of this country.  In the Inland Empire, there is an important history of Black-led activism working to achieve racial justice so the webinar will dig deeper in a brief history of BEI, the initiative’s progress towards “formalization,” and suggestions for supporting Black empowerment and anti-Black racism work in the IE.

When: Wednesday, July 13th, 8:00am-9:15am | RSVP Here

PAST EVENTS

Briefing on COVID-19 Webinar #17

When: Wednesday, July 9th, 8:00am-9:15am | RSVP Here

Riverside County Nonprofit Assistance Fund Information Sessions

Inland Empire Community Foundation is hosting 3 information sessions in order to assist potential applicants to apply for the Riverside County Nonprofit Assistance Fund. If you cannot attend, all sessions will be recorded and uploaded on the website.

When: Jul 2nd, 4pm | July 9th, 12pm, July 16th 5pm | RSVP Here

Briefing on COVID-19 Webinar #16

Webinar #16 will dive deeper into community health workers and promotores in the Inland Empire and the many dimensions of their work.  Some of the questions that will be discussed include:

As trusted community leaders, what are promotores or community health workers witnessing in terms of the impacts of COVID-19 on vulnerable communities? In what ways are promotores and community health workers a practice and strategy that centers equity? What is the role that promoters or community health workers can play in advancing racial justice and healing? What invesetments could we make now to assure promotores or CHW’s are part of our preventive and community based medical system in the future?

When: Wednesday, July 1st, 8:00am-9:15am | RSVP Here

Briefing on COVID-19 Webinar #15

As we celebrate PRIDE this month, many are wondering how COVID-19 has particularly affected the LGBTQIA community. Webinar #15 is meant to provide an update on the health and well-being of the LGBTQIA community in the Inland Empire as well as strategies to continue meet their needs. Some of the questions that will be discussed include:

1. How is the virus affecting the health of our region’s LGBTQIA residents?  We are particularly interested in any relevant data, trends or stories you can share. 2. What are important issues to consider as we seek to ensure their present and future needs are met? 3. What are the racial justice issues with respect to the LGBTQIA community in the IE? 4. What do nonprofits need to know to be better allies in services and advocacy-related work?

When: Wednesday, June 24th, 8:00am-9:15am | RSVP Here

Briefing on COVID-19 Webinar #14

Inland Empire Community Foundation (IECF) and the Center for Social Innovation (CSI-UCR) are committing to host a regular set of community updates via a Zoom webinar in respond to COVID-19.

Webinar #14 will focus on the launch of the Inland Empire Roadmap for an Inclusive and Sustainable Economy (IE RISE), which builds on the success of our 2020 Census outreach and is an innovative regional planning project that presents organizations with the opportunity to collaborate around shared values and campaigns as well as shape the landscape for future investment in the region. IE RISE is currently seeking partners to draft this shared community vision and platform. Please visit for more information and apply to become a member: https://ierise.org/.

When: Wednesday, June 17th, 8:00am-9:15am | RSVP Here

Briefing on COVID-19 Webinar #13

Inland Empire Community Foundation (IECF) and the Center for Social Innovation (CSI-UCR) are committing to host a regular set of community updates via a Zoom webinar. The next scheduled zoom briefing (webinar #13) takes a deeper-dive conversation on prior and ongoing work related to Black youth leadership and youth development in the region. We think that this is a powerful moment to help steer more investments that benefit our communities. We will look into the following questions:

  • What were some of the major concerns of Black youth prior to COVID and the recent protests over George Floyd?
  • How does your organization approach the work of youth development and youth engagement?
  • In your opinion, what does this moment call for, in terms of how government officials should show up and be helpful? How about philanthropy?
  • What kind of collaborations already exist among youth-serving organizations? What more should be done, to have transformative impact? 

When: Wednesday, June 10th, 8:00am-9:15am | RSVP Here

Briefing on COVID-19 Webinar #12

Inland Empire Community Foundation (IECF) and the Center for Social Innovation (CSI-UCR) are committing to host a regular set of community updates via a Zoom webinar. The next scheduled zoom briefing takes a deeper dive into immigrant assistance programs in the region, and will initiate a conversation about addressing anti-Black racism in our communities.

When: Wednesday, June 3rd, 8:00am-9:15am | RSVP Here

The Caravanserai Project Webinar Series: PPP Loans: Forgiveness and Loving Kindness

Many nonprofit organizations have managed to maneuver their way through the CARES Act PPP loans. It has been a chaotic and highly frustrating process and unfortunately it is far from being over. Now that the loans are in their bank accounts, these organizations are facing other challenges: how to spend them? What is forgiven and what is not? What not do to? Should these loans be spent at all? Join this webinar to learn the latest on loan forgiveness as well as some of the options organizations have when it comes to spending the money.  

When: Friday May 29th, 9am-10am | RSVP Here

One Inland Empire Arts Convening #3

This is an event hosted by Arts Connection in partnership with Music Changing Lives and the Riverside Arts Council. This is an emerging region-wide arts coalition of artists, arts organizations, and businesses that want to work together to make our position stronger in the region, to advocate for policies that include arts and cultural workers in relief and stimulus funding, as well as future recovery plans. It’s working and our convening is just the first step.

When: May 28th, 2:30pm-3:30pm | RSVP Here

Briefing on COVID-19 Webinar #11

Housing in the Inland Empire was already a big issue before COVID-19, and even more so now that COVID-19 currently dictates our reality.  Therefore, there’s a need to understand the implications that this pandemic has on the state of housing.

What are the current experiences across different types of housing? (permanent housing, transitional housing, affordable housing, etc.) Are the current measures and short-term solutions such as stimulus checks, rent freezes, eviction moratoriums actually working? What other set of measures could be implemented to advance housing security and equity?

These are the questions that we will dig deep into for this upcoming week’s IE COVID Response webinar (#11). Join us if you are a housing expert, a housing advocate, or even a concerned resident like many others at this time.

When: Wednesday, May 27th, 8:00am-9:15am | RSVP Here

Webinar Series: Focus on the Basics During Crisis: Organizational Survival and Sustainability

Caravanserai Project is partnering with the Independent Sector to discuss some of the options mission driven organizations have as they start looking beyond the Covid-19 crisis. Many of these organizations have been on survival mode even before this pandemic and there is no better time for them to develop the right tools that will help them shape and own their future. This webinar is part of the Independent Sector’s constant efforts to build connections, share knowledge, nurture leadership and strengthen a sense of community among individuals and organizations from all over the country that are dedicated to common good.

When: Tuesday, May 26th, 2:00pm-3:30pm | RSVP Here

Briefing on COVID-19 Webinar #10

As our state and local governments re-open our communities, it is critical that we understand the health-related context of COVID-19 in the Inland Empire. How is the virus affecting the health of our region’s residents and health care system? What are important issues to consider as we re-open in different stages? How can nonprofits protect the health of their staff and clients? What is needed to support front-line responders? 

These are the questions that we will dig deep into for this upcoming week’s IE COVID Response webinar (#10). Join us if you are a non-profit, an healthcare leader, or even a concerned resident like many others at this time.

When: Wednesday, May 20th, 8:00am-9:15am | RSVP Here

Briefing on COVID-19 Webinar #9

What are our Inland Empire school districts currently experiencing due to the unforeseen disturbances of COVID-19? What do these sudden changes mean for LCAP and how will community be engaged? What are the best practices currently emerging that will both protect the health and promote equitable educational opportunities for all students? These are the questions that we will dig deep into for this upcoming week’s IE COVID Response webinar (#9). Join us if you are an education focused non-profit, an educational leader, or even a concerned parent like many others at this time. 

When: Wednesday, May 13th, 8:00am-9:15am | Meeting Notes

Survival and Sustainability: “Never Let A Crisis Go to Waste”

This webinar is hosted by Caravanserai Project. As the disrupting impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has changed the world for ever, mission-driven organizations are facing some very tough decisions ahead. While there is no doubt that emergency or disaster financial support is crucial, it is only a temporary solution and not a panacea. Numerous organizations in this sector have been on survival mode even before this crisis and managed to buy time and sugarcoated their problems.  Join this webinar to discuss in very practical terms some of the options mission-driven organizations have regarding their sustainability and building meaningful and productive partnerships.

When: Friday, May 8th, 9:00am-10:00am | RSVP Here

Briefing on COVID-19 Webinar #8

Inland Empire Community Foundation (IECF) and the Center for Social Innovation (CSI-UCR) are committing to host a regular set of community updates via a Zoom webinar. We welcome updates on COVID-19 response from any community leader—from government agencies and elected offices, businesses, and nonprofits—that can directly help our nonprofit partners.

When: Wednesday, May 6th, 8:00am-9:15am | Meeting Notes

Region’s Capacity Builders Join Forces

Presented by Inland Empire Capacity Builders Network, this virtual webinar will include a presentation by Jan Masaoka, CEO of CalNonprofits who will provide a presentation on “What’s Next for Non-Profits.” New research from the CalNonprofits “Causes Count” report includes a deep-dive into the relationship between government and nonprofits; the first time an analysis like this has ever been done in California. This virtual webinar will also include new insights into California’s nonprofit sector.

When: May 7th, 1:00pm-3:00pm | RSVP Here

Native Americans and COVID 19 Town Hall

NDN Collective President and CEO Nick Tilsen will be joining panels of other Indigenous organizers, thought leaders and community builders, along with some special guests who have been great allies to Indigenous people and our causes. This event is part of IllumiNative’s #WarriorUp campaign which works to shine a light on the impacts and needs resulting from COVID-19 in Indian Country. This event is presented by IllumiNative and co-hosted by Taboo, Indian Country Today and NDN Collective. The townhall will be live streamed on YouTube and Facebook Live.

When: Thursday, April 30th, 5:00pm-6:30pm | Access Live Streaming Links Here

A COVID-19 Discussion with Councilmember Andy Melendrez

Councilmember Andy Melendez from City of Riverside, Ward 2, will be having a discussion on COVID-19. This virtual event is hosted by UCR School of Public Policy and is open to the public.

When: Thursday, April 30th, 12pm-2:00pm | RSVP Here

Briefing on COVID-19 Webinar #7

Inland Empire Community Foundation (IECF) and the Center for Social Innovation (CSI-UCR) are committing to host a regular set of community updates via a Zoom webinar. We welcome updates on COVID-19 response from any community leader—from government agencies and elected offices, businesses, and nonprofits—that can directly help our nonprofit partners.

When: Wednesday, April 29th, 8:00am-9:15am | Meeting Notes

Nonprofit HR Concerns During the COVID-19 Pandemic

CalNonprofits is partnering with Public Counsel and Proskauer Rose LLP to present strategies and considerations for nonprofits – in an environment where HR policies and practices have had to adapt at lightning speed. And as some of the shelter-in-place restrictions lift, more changes will be needed.

When: Wednesday, April 29th, 11:00am | RSVP Here

One Inland Empire Art Convening #2

Music Changing Lives and Arts Connection are calling on all artist, businesses, and organizations, looking to unify to create and share virtual art innovations and resources with the purpose of reaching and benefiting the families within the Inland Empire and beyond. We are bringing together musicians, artists, leaders and organizers across the Inland Empire. Representatives across the state are invited and welcome to join us in this important call to action to organize to keep peace within our communities through music, art and creativity.

When: Wednesday, April 23rd, 10am-11:30am | RSVP Here

Briefing on COVID-19 Webinar #6

Inland Empire Community Foundation (IECF) and the Center for Social Innovation (CSI-UCR) are committing to host a regular set of community updates via a Zoom webinar. We welcome updates on COVID-19 response from any community leader—from government agencies and elected offices, businesses, and nonprofits—that can directly help our nonprofit partners.

When: Wednesday, April 22nd, 8:00am-9:15am | Meeting Notes

Briefing on COVID-19 Webinar #5

Inland Empire Community Foundation (IECF) and the Center for Social Innovation (CSI-UCR) are committing to host a regular set of community updates via a Zoom webinar. We welcome updates on COVID-19 response from any community leader—from government agencies and elected offices, businesses, and nonprofits—that can directly help our nonprofit partners.

When: Wednesday, April 15th, 8:00am-9:15am | Meeting Notes

CARES Act Loans Updates & Planning in Uncertainty

Join the Caravanserai Project team for a FREE webinar to learn the latest on the CARES Act loans and start planning for the post COVID19 new reality. Topics of discussion include updates on CARES Act, PPP & EIDL loans, planning and action in uncertainty, and developing your “Plan B.”

When: Wednesday, April 15th, 9:00am | RSVP HERE

San Bernardino County Business Resources Town Hall

San Bernardino County will be discussing the Economic Injury Disaster Loan, Payroll Protection Program, Disaster Bridge Loan, 7A Forgiveness Program, and other funding opportunities for your business.

When: Monday, April 13th, 1:00pm | RSVP HERE

Briefing on COVID-19 Webinar #4

Inland Empire Community Foundation (IECF) and the Center for Social Innovation (CSI-UCR) are committing to host a regular set of community updates via a Zoom webinar. We welcome updates on COVID-19 response from any community leader—from government agencies and elected offices, businesses, and nonprofits—that can directly help our nonprofit partners.

When: Wednesday, April 8th, 8:00am-9:15am | Meeting Notes

Advocacy and Lobbying During a Pandemic: Legal Tips for 501(c)(3) Nonprofits Advocates

501(c)(3)s play an important role in advocating to impact actions taken by elected officials, and educating the public about policy issues in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Elected officials vote on bills, make public statements and executive decisions, and set the course for public policy on public health as well as a wide range of other issues. These actions may be consistent with or conflict with a nonprofit’s position on an issue. After this workshop you will have a clear understanding of how to maximize your advocacy, the kinds of advocacy activities 501(c)(3)s can engage in, when a communication is considered lobbying, and why it’s important to know how the IRS defines lobbying. This online training session will be hosted by Alliance for Justice and Inland Empire Community Foundation; it is part of a 3 part online training series. Visit RSVP website for information on this training and the two other trainings.

When: Tuesday, April 7th, 9:00am-10:30am | RSVP HERE

SBA Loans Webinar

This webinar is intended to answer questions about the new SBA options (including forgivable loans) for non-profit organizations in response to COVID-19. This webinar is a partnership between United Way, U.S. Bank, and Academy GO

When: Monday, April 6th, 12:00pm | RSVP HERE

Help for the Helpers: Non-profits Finance Webinar Series

In partnership with the Center for Strategies Partnership, SCG invites non-profits to a three day webinar series, Making Sense of Emerging Financing Options for Non-profits. These webinars will help non-profit organizations explore a host of new financing options including disaster loans, payroll protection, and bridge loans.

When:

Day 1 – Navigating SBA Lending in the COVID-19 Age | Monday, April 6 10:00am-11:00am | RSVP HERE

The Los Angeles Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will teach non-profits about the nuances of the SBA disaster loan programs as well as discuss other resources and technical assistance available to nonprofits. 

Day 2 – Bridge Financing for Non-Profits During COVID-19 | Tuesday, April 7 10:00am-11:00am | RSVP HERE

Learn about low-cost capital options for non-profits and service providers that need bridge loans or lines of credit in order to ramp up direct service activities in response to the COIVD-19 crisis.

Day 3 – Financial Decision-Making & Communication In A Time Of Crisis | Thursday, April 9 10:00am-11:00am | RSVP HERE

In partnership with Andy Goodman of The Goodman Center and Philanthropy California, SCG invites you to participate in this online course to learn about how to create a good online experience and successful webinars

Webinar: What Should Non-Profits Do Now? Coping with & Surviving Covid19

Join Stephen Bennett (Co-Founder Caravanserai Project, Board member the California Endowment and Arcus Foundation) and Jeremy Hobbs (President Western Wind Foundation, Board Member the Inland Empire Community Foundation) for a FREE on-line briefing to discuss what options non-profits have during these challenging times. This briefing will address the CARES ACT and loan programs focusing on the non-profit sector.

When: Thursday, April 2nd, 2:00pm

Briefing on COVID-19 Webinar #3 and National Census Day

Inland Empire Community Foundation (IECF) and the Center for Social Innovation (CSI-UCR) are committing to host a regular set of community updates via a Zoom webinar. We welcome updates on COVID-19 response from any community leader—from government agencies and elected offices, businesses, and nonprofits—that can directly help our nonprofit partners.

When: Wednesday, April 1st, 2:00m-3:15pm | Meeting Notes

One Inland Empire Artists Convening (Zoom Conference)

Music Changing Lives and Arts Connection are calling on all artist, businesses, and organizations, looking to unify to create and share virtual art innovations and resources with the purpose of reaching and benefiting the families within the Inland Empire and beyond. We are bringing together musicians, artists, leaders and organizers across the Inland Empire. Representatives across the state are invited and welcome to join us in this important call to action to organize to keep peace within our communities through music, art and creativity.

Tuesday, March 31st, 10:00am-11:30am

Survival Strategies for Nonprofits

Join Stephen Bennett (Co-Founder Caravanserai Project, Board member The California Endowment and Arcus Foundation), Jeremy Hobbs (President Western Wind Foundation, Board Member the Inland Empire Community Foundation) and Mihai Patru (Co-Founder Caravanserai Project, UC-Riverside Entrepreneur in Residence) for a FREE on-line briefing on survival strategies for non-profit and social impact organizations. 

When: Thursday, March 26, 9:00am PST (12:00pm EST)

Briefing on COVID-19 Webinar #2

Inland Empire Community Foundation (IECF) and the Center for Social Innovation (CSI-UCR) are committing to host a regular set of community updates via a Zoom webinar. We welcome updates on COVID-19 response from any community leader—from government agencies and elected offices, businesses, and nonprofits—that can directly help our nonprofit partners.

When: Thursday, March 26, 10:00am-11:00am | Meeting Notes

Digital Tools for Organizing and Nonprofit Work

Jeannie Kim-Han, Associate Vice Chancellor at RCCD, has years of expertise in the field of remote instruction and remote work, and has offered to help provide an overview of some of these tools (including Shindig) to our community organizing and nonprofit partners.

When: Thursday, Mar 26, 12:15pm to 1:15pm | Friday, Mar 26, 1pm to 2pm

Briefing on COVID-19 Webinar #1

When: Thursday, Mar 19, 1:00pm | Meeting Notes