California Community Foundation Celebrates the Resilience, Activism and Heritage of the AANHPI Community

June 11, 2024

On Thursday, May 30, the California Community Foundation (CCF) hosted a vibrant celebration in honor of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month at Terasaki Budokan community center. The event brought together key stakeholders and cross-sector partners, including community leaders, donors, philanthropy, and elected officials for an evening dedicated to celebrating and […]

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CCF’s 2024 Federal Tax Pocket Guide Now Available!

May 29, 2024

CCF strives to provide helpful information for our constituents. As such, we are now offering free copies of our new 2024 Federal Tax Pocket Guide. These pocket guides serve as a great reference tool for philanthropic planning this year.

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Landmark $3.5 Million Partnership with California Black Freedom Fund

In February, the California Community Foundation (CCF) announced a groundbreaking partnership with the California Black Freedom Fund (CBFF) with an initial commitment of $3.5 million from the state of California. The California Black Freedom Fund, a donor collaborative fund launched in 2020, focuses on investing in Black-led organizations across California.

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Addressing the Youth Mental Health Crisis One Student at a Time

Meet Kay, a bright student from our local high school who has been facing tough times both in and out of the classroom. Recently, Kay has been absent frequently, and when she is at school, her once-vibrant demeanor has noticeably faded. Her peers, noting her repeated attire—often marked with stains—have pulled away, leaving her to sit alone during lunch. The shift was so dramatic that one concerned teacher took it upon herself to reach out to Kay, hoping to understand what was troubling her young student.

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Bridging the Digital Divide in Los Angeles County

The COVID-19 pandemic revealed a stark digital divide. The gaps widened for our most vulnerable populations as the world moved online, from classrooms to doctors’ offices. Students in low-income households struggled without reliable internet for their education. Telehealth, a crucial link to medical care during lockdowns, was out of reach for many. Essential services, such as homelessness prevention, job training, and access to benefits for immigrants and refugees, faltered without connectivity. In response to this crisis, the California Community Foundation (CCF) swiftly initiated the Digital Equity Initiative in 2021. Powered by a substantial bequest from a forward-thinking donor, this initiative was more than timely—it was a critical lifeline.

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LA4LA: Bridging Resources for Affordable Housing

The housing crisis in Los Angeles demands immediate and decisive action. In response, we are announcing the launch of LA4LA, a groundbreaking public-private partnership set to transform our city’s housing landscape. This ambitious initiative unites leaders from business, development, and philanthropy to unleash a wave of investments aimed at pioneering innovative housing solutions. The California Community Foundation (CCF) is at the forefront of this urgent mission, providing essential funding and administrative and capacity-building support to LA4LA. Our focus is clear: to dismantle the longstanding barriers that have stalled affordable housing development in our city.

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Honoring the Kindness of Others 

November 15, 2023

As a member of CCF’s Sartori Circle, Apryll established a fund at CCF through her estate plans that will support the causes she cares about most. In this way, she honors the acts of kindness that made her life possible. “I’ve had several people show up at critical junctures in my life and they’ve changed my life. And you often can’t go back and say thank you. So, working with the California Community Foundation is one way that I have to give back,” Apryll shares.  

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Staff Profile: A Conversation with Emily Stork

As Planned Giving Officer, Emily Stork leads CCF’s Sartori Circle program, which recognizes and brings together donors of testamentary gifts who have decided to make a long-term impact on the lives of others through their charitable bequests. Emily works closely with donors to ensure their bequests, whether they include gifts of real estate, closely held stock or other gifts of cash or complex assets, fulfill their philanthropic visions for supporting the causes they care about. Emily also promotes CCF’s gift planning services by developing and deepening relationships with donors, advisors, and nonprofits. Emily brings over 11 years of fundraising experience, a legal background, and a love for Los Angeles County and its fascinating communities to this position.

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The Gift of a Lifetime: Turning Retirement Accounts into Charitable Good

November 6, 2023

Do you or your clients have retirement accounts and charitable intent? If they are 70 ½ or older, they can easily make a qualified charitable distribution and get a tax break. For 2023, donors can transfer up to $100,000 directly from their traditional IRA(s) to charity. Benefits include: The gift comes from the donor’s IRA, […]

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Middle East War Resource Guide

October 25, 2023

In response to the crisis, the CCF donor community has inquired about how to best support those in need. Listed below are organizations providing humanitarian aid, supporting mental health needs and combatting against hate crimes. This list is not exhaustive, and it is intended to provide a helpful starting point. Humanitarian Aid Resources American Jewish […]

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