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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.

Estate Planning with Charitable Remainder Trusts

July 29, 2020

By Carí Jackson Lewis, J.D., LL.M. (Taxation), TEP A December 2019 survey revealed that while 60% of adult Americans think having a will is important, only 32% of adult Americans actually have one. The most common components of an estate plan include a will, a revocable living trust, financial power of attorney, advanced health care […]

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Standing Together for a Just and Inclusive California

July 2, 2020

On behalf of philanthropic leaders and in solidarity with dozens of labor, community organizing, faith-based, policy, research, and academic leaders from across California, we stand together to urge the prioritization of critical issues—health, justice, workers, education and housing—as the state makes critical budget decisions. Supporting these basic needs for all Californians will require increasing resources.

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Take Five: Stephania Ramirez, Director, Strategic Initiatives

June 23, 2020

Appointed by the State of California as the region’s Administrative Community Based Organization (ACBO), the California Community Foundation (CCF) is responsible for leading and coordinating efforts to get out the census count in Los Angeles County. The foundation worked alongside community groups for over two years to prepare for one of the most daunting census […]

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How the Anti-Abuse Rule of the CARES Act Changed Qualified Charitable Distributions – Part 2

June 22, 2020

By George Dulgeryan and Carí Jackson Lewis, CCF Senior Development Officers and William Strickland, CCF Planned Giving Officer Part One of our series analyzing the effect of the SECURE and CARES Acts on IRA holders entitled “How the CARES and SECURE Acts Changed Required Minimum Distributions (“RMD”)” addressed the raising of the RMD start age […]

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Ready to Rise: Youth Will Drive the Change

June 17, 2020

BY: JAI PHILLIPS, PROGRAM OFFICER, YOUTH DEVELOPMENT In recent weeks we have witnessed youth across the nation, and even around the globe, take to the streets in protest of the brutal killings of Black men and women and the systemic racism that has persisted for generations. We know from history that in moments of great […]

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How the CARES and SECURE Acts Changed Required Minimum Distributions – Part 1

June 8, 2020

By George Dulgeryan and Carí Jackson Lewis, CCF Senior Development Officers and William Strickland, CCF Planned Giving Officer The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (“SECURE”) Act was passed into law on December 20, 2019 as part of the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, P.L. 116-94, and it became effective on January 1, 2020. […]

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Offering Hope and Community Through Pass It Along Fund

June 2, 2020

Being a single mother to an 11 and 17-year-old while pushing to make ends meet as a housekeeper is challenging as it is, but add a pandemic and economic uncertainty, and it can seem nearly impossible. This is exactly where Angelina found herself when the stay at home orders we announced in mid-March. All the […]

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Joining Our Communities’ Call to Action

June 1, 2020

Communities across our nation, including ours, are in pain. The most recent killings of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd, whose names join a painfully long list of Black and Brown lives cut tragically short, are a troubling failure of our ability to address racial biases in our justice system.

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Coronavirus Happens, College Can’t Wait

May 26, 2020

The start of summer is usually a time to celebrate college graduations and academic achievements—but this year it’s different due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Why COVID-19 is a Social Justice Issue

May 15, 2020

By: Jai Phillips, Program Officer, Youth Development People are like gardens: they require the right seeds to be planted, watered and nurtured in order to grow, but if neglected, will never produce the full harvest of their potential. For decades, Black people have been starved of the investments, the systems of care and quality environments […]

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