In 2008, the Morgan Family Foundation launched the California Stewardship Network (CSN) as a civic venture, investing in California’s predominant economic regions. CSN began as a civic concept, morphed into an expansive project, and has emerged as an effective network and learning exchange comprised of civic leadership organizations that work together to improve economic, social and environmental conditions across the Golden State.
Today, fifteen regions across California—including the Sacramento Capital Region—make up the California Stewardship Network. Each is developing innovative regional solutions to the state’s most pressing economic, environmental, and community challenges. While each regional team drives its own stewardship strategy, all share a common approach to achieving Triple Bottom Line outcomes: the concept that sustainability through economy, environment and social equity must factor in decision-making.
What is the goal?
To unite civic leadership organizations across California from the Redwood Coast to San Diego that are committed to regional stewardship, shared learning and joint economic, social, and environmental action.
Why is this important?
This is important because old approaches are not working. The state is massive, the problems are growing more complex by the day, and there is little agreement on how to address our most nagging statewide challenges. Overcoming them depends on restoring a stewardship ethic in California; one that calls for a healthy respect for profound economic, social, and environmental forces that together shape our lives and the future vitality of our communities.
CSN represents the diversity of California comprised of leadership organizations ranging from San Diego, Los Angeles, Ventura County and the Inland Empire in the South to the Sacramento Valley, the Fresno Region, Silicon Valley, Monterey Bay and the Central Coast to the Sierra Region, Sonoma and Butte counties and the Redwood Coast near the Oregon border.
What is Valley Vision doing about it?
Valley Vision has served as the administrator of the California Stewardship Network (CSN), and Valley Vision’s CEO Bill Mueller served as its first volunteer chairman for 2 years. Leaders from the participating organizations around the state meet regularly to share promising practices and to jointly strategize where they can take action on regional and statewide projects. The most prominent collaborative effort of CSN is the annual California Economic Summit.
The California Stewardship Network has been active since 2008.
Our partners ….
The California Stewardship Network consists of 15 civic leadership organizations including the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, Chico Stewardship Network, Fresno Business Council, Inland Empire Economic Partnership, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp, Monterey Bay Economic Partnership, Redwood Coast Rural Action, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp, San Luis Obispo Economic Vitality Corporation, Sierra Business Council, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Sonoma County Economic Development Board, Tahoe Prosperity Center, Valley Vision, and Ventura County Economic Development Collaborative.