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Western Water Briefing: Strategies for Water Resilience



Confluence Philanthropy and the Environmental Grantmakers Association present:

Western Water Briefing: Strategies for Water Resilience

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When: Tuesday, August 2nd - Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Where: The San Diego Foundation, 2508 Historic Decatur Road, #200, San Diego, CA

What: As California enters it’s fourth year of extreme drought conditions, the Western regions of the U.S. are further threatened by over-use, poor conservation methods and ineffective policy. Low-income communities across the affected states bare the brunt of limited water resources and the potential for escalating water pricing, making the need for meaningful action ever more urgent. Enhanced coordination of investment capital and other resources is a low-cost strategy, with the potential to produce meaningful impact in the face of immense climate-related and policy challenges in the west.

Confluence Philanthropy and Environmental Grantmakers Association have partnered to organize the first ever 'Western Water Briefing: Strategies for Water Resilience' to take place in the summer of 2016 in San Diego, California. Participants will come together to discuss impact-investing and aligned grantmaking strategies as tools to promote long-term water sustainability and immediate responses to mitigate the crisis. Together we will seek to identify investable high-impact responses.

The briefing will take place over 1.5 days, focusing on impact investing strategies during the first day, and on aligned grant making strategies on the second day. Importantly, the briefing will culminate with a funder-only discussion focused on identifying the areas where philanthropy can be most catalytic, as well as to outline any next steps.

Co-sponsors include: CGBD, EGA, and The Funders Network (TFN)

Expected Audience

The primary audience for this event is intended to be philanthropies, impact investment managers, and policymakers. This will not be a forum for NGO, activist organizations, or entrepreneurs unless otherwise invited as speakers or influential guests.

For more information, please visit or write to Sarah DeNicola, Membership Program Manager: