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Partner Event | An Introduction to Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs) and Trauma Science

Join us for a new learning series!

PEAK Grantmaking has been part of the design team for this new collaborative learning series on Trauma-Informed Practice for Funders and Capacity Builders. We’re so excited to share this opportunity with our community, and announce the first webinar in this series on March 11.

Investing In Community Resilience: Deploying Trauma-Informed Practice for Funders & Capacity Builders

Today, the science is clear – adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma can impact the brain and body, contributing to a host of negative outcomes in all aspects of life. Some effects can even be passed from generation to generation. In the last two decades, we have come to understand that ACEs and trauma are pervasive and distributed inequitably among vulnerable communities.

Funders are in a unique position to both implement internal practices that are trauma-informed and fund organizations and collaborative efforts that are practicing trauma-informed care. If you are funding direct service providers, this series will help you learn more about how you can effectively review, evaluate, and measure the impact of these providers. If you are funding vulnerable groups that are more subject to ACEs and generational trauma, learn more about how your grant-making practices can either contribute to resilience or cause further trauma.

The good news is that trauma-informed, healing-centered practice can hold the keys to preventing and mitigating these impacts. Researchers, service providers, philanthropists, policymakers, community residents, and others are coming together to build a movement for resilient communities, improving outcomes in areas as divergent as health care, education, and criminal justice.

In partnership with the Scattergood Foundation, the eXtension Foundation is providing an exclusive 10-month learning series opportunity focused on how philanthropists can use ACEs and trauma science to improve community outcomes.

This series will guide the conversation around how communities can deploy resources in creative ways to build knowledge and capacity throughout the human-serving field. The series will be delivered in three parts, each of which will include two educational webinars and one interactive learning circle:

Part I: Using ACEs and Trauma Science for More Effective Practice

March, April, May, 2020

In Part I, we will explore:

  1. The science behind ACEs, trauma, toxic stress, resilience, and healing, and
  2. What it means to be trauma-informed and how individuals, organizations, and communities can implement practices that reflect this knowledge

Webinar 1: An Introduction to Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs) and Trauma Science
March 11, 2020, from 3:00pm – 4:00pm EST
Presented by Dr. Donielle Prince, ACEs Connection San Francisco Bay Area Community Facilitator
Registration Deadline: March 10, 2020

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Define key concepts related to the science of: ACEs, trauma, toxic stress, and early life stress; and Healing, resilience, and protective factors
  2. Explain how ACEs and trauma science is relevant to their work
  3. Describe the implications of ACEs and trauma science for individuals, families, organizations, communities, and systems

*On the registration page, there is a link to a pre-test. Please take this pre-test prior to participating in the webinar. 

Dr. Donielle Prince
ACEs Connection San Francisco Bay Area Community Facilitator

In her role as the ACEs Connection San Francisco Bay Area Community Facilitator, Dr. Donielle Prince supports communities that are organizing to build resilient neighborhoods, cities, and counties throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, drawing on her background in psychology, education, and research. Donielle holds a B.A. in Psychology, with a minor in education, from Wellesley College; an MS.Ed in Psychological Practice from the University of Pennsylvania; and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy from Stanford University, with a minor in sociology.

Donielle’s past roles have included therapist and researcher. Donielle has studied community-based youth development programming in Philadelphia and the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as school reform strategies implemented in New Jersey and the San Francisco Bay Area. She also worked for the Chancellor’s Office of the California State University, at the Center for Teacher Quality, studying effectiveness of teacher preparation programs.

Donielle is from the Bay Area, where she currently serves as Community Facilitator for ACEs Connection. Donielle lives in Sacramento, where she is active in community organizing on school based mental health.

Save the Dates

Mark your calendar for the next webinar and learning circle in Part I. Registration will be available soon on

Webinar 2: What Is Trauma-Informed Practice?
April 15, 2020, from 3:00pm – 4:00pm ET

This webinar explores trauma-informed principles and frameworks and what they mean for your practice. This webinar will guide you through the process of reflecting on internal practices and operationalizing your organizational values.

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. List and compare frameworks for trauma-informed practice
  2. Plan strategies for applying a trauma-informed lens to their work

Learning Circle: Using ACEs and Trauma Science for More Effective Practice
May 13, 2020, from 3:00 – 4:00pm ET

Connect with philanthropy and extension professionals for an interactive learning circle to discuss the concepts explored in the first two webinars of the Investing in Community Resilience series.