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The Funders Alliance is a collaborative network of organizations with significant formal grantmaking activities in the Inland Empire region of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties that have joined together to increase communication, coordination, and collaboration.

Southern California’s Inland Empire region of San Bernardino and Riverside counties is one of the fastest-growing population centers in the United States. Located 40 miles east of Los Angeles, the IE is rich in diversity, culture, history and economic opportunity. The IE Funders Alliance is committed to partnering with the region’s 11,000 innovative, resourceful, mission-driven nonprofit organizations to help the region’s 4.5 million people fulfill their extraordinary promise and potential. The Inland Empire presents foundations, corporate funders, and public agencies with a unique opportunity for alignment, leverage, and positive impact. We are the IE. We are the New California.

Our mission is to advance equity, advocacy and systemic change in the Inland Empire by uplifting the region’s assets and opportunities, and leveraging resources for impact.

The primary goals of the Funders Alliance are:

Regional networking and information sharing among funders and with other sectors.
Advocacy for the needs of the region, its nonprofits, and communities.
Alignment and leveraging of funds to maximize impact on common goals.
Increasing the capacity of service providers within the region.

Strategic Priorities 2020-2023

We have identified three guiding principles around which we will align all our efforts:

to advance social equity and racial justice, including disparities affecting communities of color
by and on behalf of nonprofits and the communities they serve
Systemic Change
to address problems at their roots and strengthen underlying determinants of well-being and flourishing

We will enact these through three primary strategies:

Leverage Our Resources:
We will maximize our individual and collective grantmaking impact by internally sharing information and data on our own funding activities and strategies, and by organizing ourselves to engage in co-funding or pooled funding for shared impact
Advance Our Collective Impact:
We will elevate the region’s needs, assets, and solutions so we can be more bold, strategic, and generative in our individual and collaborative action and that of other regional stakeholders
Strengthen Funders Alliance Capacity and Infrastructure:
To enable the other two strategies, we will build the Funders Alliance’s own capacity through effective structures, operating principles, resourcing, staffing, and ongoing self-evaluation for accountability, learning, and adaptation

We are implementing these strategies through our current and recent initiatives:

Pooled Fund Initiatives
Pooled funds, allowing grantmakers to invest in our region, strategically aligning and leveraging resources while benefiting from local expertise in allocating funds.

Changing The Narrative
Co-funded projects such as the Changing the Narrative Campaign, helping to shift negative perceptions of the Inland Empire and its people while helping nonprofits build communications capacity to tell their story from an asset-based frame.

Efforts and Accomplishments

Our current and future impact is built on our past work and learnings. Click here to learn about major initiatives and accomplishments over our first 10 years


Celia Cudiamat, Chair.
Senior Vice President, Grants and Community Impact, The Inland Empire Community Foundation
Margarita Luna, Vice Chair.
Senior Program Manager, The California Endowment
Cindy Faulkner, Vice Chair.
Assistant Director, First 5 San Bernardino


Membership in the Funders Alliance is open to organizations providing substantial funding or contributions greater than $25,000 annually in grants, program investment, or volunteer hours to community based and/or public agencies in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Click here to view the Funders Alliance’s current members.

For nonprofit organizations seeking funding, we encourage you to explore the guidelines of our members. We also recommend you reach out to the members of the Inland Empire Capacity Builders Network for assistance with grantwriting, fundraising, and other capacity building to increase your nonprofit’s organizational effectiveness, efficiency, and stability.


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