A Message from the Executive Director

For thirty-four years, The Fieldstone Foundation has been committed to supporting our communities. From the beginning, when we were a traditional grantmaker, we looked for organizations doing impactful work and being guided by a visionary and values-based leader. Our grantmaking practice created opportunities for honest and respectful partnerships that, in turn, helped to inform our knowledge of the sector and the pressing needs of those leading our nonprofit agencies. This experience led us to develop The Fieldstone Leadership Network as a vehicle to invest in an organization’s leadership and expand the types of support we were able to offer the nonprofit sector. Because we have seen how strategically investing in people transforms a leader, the organization and ultimately, the community he or she serves, this is now the focus of our work.

We believe that nonprofits do serious work that supports those in most need, while enhancing the community for all. Thus, The Fieldstone Foundation is dedicated to providing leadership development and learning opportunities for nonprofit executives and emerging leaders that build, deepen and sustain personal and professional relationships among nonprofit leaders so they are better able to collaborate, problem solve, and support each other as they work. Built on a continuum that allows a person to develop his or her own leadership capacity within various program formats, cross-sector and reciprocal learning opportunities, and a vibrant collection of their peers, the Fieldstone Leadership Network is now in its twenty-fourth year of programming.

It has been said that “dramatic and systemic change always begins with critical connections.” At Fieldstone, we aim to provide those places and pathways for critical connections to occur naturally so that nonprofit organizations can continue to lift up and improve our world with efficiency, effectiveness, and a generosity of spirit.

Janine Mason

News and Highlights

2017 Learning Groups Filled with Vibrant Leaders

      In the new year, four new cohorts of Learning Groups began to meet. Forty-Five nonprofit leaders from throughout San Diego and Orange Counties are participating and represent various subsectors of the nonprofit landscape, including education, the environment, health, social service, liter…

Become a Part of our Team

The Fieldstone Foundation is looking to hire a staff person to manage the programs and activities of the Fieldstone Leadership Network in Orange County, California and to raise funds to support and sustain the programs of the Network. This position offers a unique blend of program management and fun…

Leadership Book Club

Our Leadership Book Club is well underway and accomplishing one of its goals of expanding a leaders’ repertoire of books in the study of leadership. At today’s gathering, a member of the Book Club, shared, “the Book Club is working! I would never have read this book but it has been fruitful in prov…

2017 Learning Groups and Coaching

Continuing a long held tradition, nonprofit leaders from Orange and San Diego Counties have applied to our Learning Group and Coaching programs in numbers that have each of the programs oversold for 2017! This phenomenon supports the research completed by the Caster Center for Nonprofit Research at…

Pilgrimage: A Leadership Retreat

Last week, an “at-capacity” group of twenty-five nonprofit leaders from Orange and San Diego Counties gathered together in Santa Barbara for Fieldstone’s annual leadership retreat. The three day retreat was entitled Pilgrimage: A Leadership Journey and used the common rites of a sacred journey to pr…