We define stewardship as “people caring for that to which they are entrusted.” The Foundation supports efforts to strengthen communities and regions through existing and new organizations focused on forging collaborative, multi-sector models of stewardship for economic, environmental, social, and governance improvements. We are particularly interested in programs that:
- Promote the idea that strong, vibrant communities are built with a collaborative style of governance and a “trip-bottom line” measurement of success: an innovative economy, sustainable natural resources and social equality.
- Promote sustainable practices across disciplines and populations.
- Strengthen regional non-profit leadership.
- Encourage philanthropy and civic leadership from throughout our diverse communities.
California Stewardship Network - Thriving Regions. Thriving State
Morgan Family Foundation launched CSN, the California Stewardship Network, to develop and support innovative regional solutions to California’s most pressing economic, environmental, and community challenges. Our regions are as diverse as our population, so one size does not fit all, but CSN is a grassroots, bottom-up, citizen-led effort to revive the California Dream.
CSN focuses on the “stewardship of place.” Across California, multi-sector organizations are leading grassroots efforts to solve pressing economic, environmental and social issues within the diverse regions of our state.
Currently, twelve regions are participating in the California Stewardship Network. These regions are: San Diego, Fresno, Inland Empire, Los Angeles County, Sonoma County, Redwood Coast, Butte County, Sacramento, Silicon Valley, San Luis Obispo County, the Sierra Nevada region and Ventura County. Their focus is whole-region stewardship, their approach is collaboration, and their outcomes are innovative solutions. All are led by civic entrepreneurs who engage corporate, government and civic sectors to share best practices and achieve statewide transformation.
Together, this Network of regions has developed a Shared Agenda: Thriving Regions, Thriving State. To learn more about this effort and to read the Shared Agenda, visit www.castewardship.org.
Since 2012, CSN has partnered with California Forward (www.cafwd.org) to launch a bi-annual California Economic Summit. The California Economic Summit is a collaborative process that connects regional and state leaders—completing a feedback loop from grassroots efforts in California’s regions to the state’s legislators.
Regional Forums, conducted throughout the state in advance of the Summit, identify opportunities and priorities for regional and state action. Then, action teams take the work one step further, aligning around priority issue areas surfaced by the Summit process. Our dream is to strengthen regions and to influence legislators on those policies and changes that are needed throughout California. CSN does the hard work of making California that place where everyone can thrive once again.