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From Palmdale to Paramount, from Beverly Hills to Boyle Heights, individuals and organizations are working tirelessly to create a better future for Los Angeles County. #LAtogether was launched by the California Community Foundation to amplify L.A.’s voices of change, draw connections between diverse communities and share innovative new approaches to building Los Angeles together.

Statement from Los Angeles Foundations on SCOTUS’ 4-4 Tie in Decision on Expanded DACA and DAPA

June 23, 2016

Dreams for a better life – one out of the shadows with the promise of greater economic vitality for individuals and the region as a whole – were deferred today. The Supreme Court of the United States ruled 4-4 on the Obama Administration’s immigration executive actions that would have expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals […]

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Not Enough Fish in the Sea? Los Angeles County Charitable Giving Down $1 Billion Since 2006

June 3, 2016

By John E. Kobara When I was very young, I was captivated by fishing. The idea of throwing a line into a mass of impenetrable water and imagining what you might catch on the line… always thinking there’s a big fish out there for me. My brother-in-law, who is a professional adventure fisherman, told me […]

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Accelerating Economic Opportunity and Helping Young Men BLOOM

May 18, 2016

Ernest had seen too much by the time he turned 16. His family had been shattered by drug abuse, and now he was facing the justice system for the first time. “Friends I grew up with were going to prison for 15 or 20 years,” Ernest said. “I knew there had to be something else.” […]

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A One-Stop Genius Bar for U.S. Citizenship

April 28, 2016

Mega Citizenship Workshop in Long Beach, April 10. Photo by Juan Alaniz. by John E. Kobara “For 16 years, members of my family tried to become U.S. citizens. We spent thousands of dollars on fraudulent attorneys, we lived under fear and intimidation and we had no idea how to navigate the process. I finally became […]

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Mud Baron, Farmer, Teacher and Project Director

April 14, 2016

“There’s this bias in education that if you work with your hands, you’re less intelligent. We’ve stopped showing students how to make, to build, to do. For 12 years, I’ve had the coolest job ever: teaching gardening to kids. My students earn a paycheck by growing food, flowers and their own futures. We sell what […]

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Kaci Patterson, Co-founder, Building Leaders and Cultivating Change (B.L.A.C.C.)

April 6, 2016

“My life is dramatically different because somebody who I don’t know, who I will probably never meet, put their money to use on my behalf. I feel a great sense of gratitude for that, and it gives me a deep sense of personal responsibility to be a driving force of opportunity for other people. The […]

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Daniel Adler, Educator

March 30, 2016

“VITA [Volunteer Income Tax Assistance] is a win-win-win for everybody. My students learn how to do taxes, the community gets free assistance and I love doing it. The students see lots of single moms, immigrants, low-income residents and are pretty intimidated the first time, but their confidence grows. They say it was the best thing […]

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Isabel Guillen, Cancer Warrior

March 23, 2016

“Christmas still comes when you have cancer. You still have to feed your family. Life goes on when you’re sick, and it’s even more devastating if you’re poor. As a 32-year-old mother, I battled breast cancer. I lost both my jobs, but I gained insight. My mother got me to and from treatment and friends […]

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Kaz Ando, Super Volunteer

March 16, 2016

“They say I’m a ‘super volunteer,’ but I say if you feel you can’t do much of anything, you must do something. Don’t rely on others to take responsibility. You have to do it. And, there’s so much to do. For seven years, I’ve participated in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program throughout the community, […]

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Showcasing Portraits of Compassion in L.A. County

March 10, 2016

“Five years ago, my son lived through eight bullets, and I had to push to get him the care and attention he deserved. I’ve turned that experience into a positive outcome through volunteering and leading [St. Francis Medical Center’s] compassionate listener program.” Volunteer Santiago Ortega is just one of our Unsung Heroes of Los Angeles […]

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