Art is My Antidote: Fabian Debora

August 14, 2013

By Fabian Debora Art has kept me sane through the worst times of my life. It got me expelled when my 8th grade teacher ripped apart a drawing of mine, and reappeared as graffiti when I turned to gang life. It stopped me from killing myself. Now my vision is on murals throughout California, funded […]

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Artist and CCF Fellow Jennifer Moon's Journey Through Addiction to Personal Revolution

August 7, 2013

By Jennifer Moon My name is Jennifer Moon and I am one of CCF’s 2013 Emerging Artist fellows, though it would be more accurate to describe my emergence as a comeback. From UCLA and graduate school, to prison, and back into the art world; the emotional and spiritual journey that brought me through the chaos […]

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Great Potential: Latinos in a Changing America

July 25, 2013

By Steve Moya Here’s an important question: What is the Latino role in an aging America, with declining fertility rates and growing global competition? On a practical level if you’re a Baby-Boomer who’s going to buy your House? Or who is going to pay the significant portion of your lifetime Medicare bills that your contribution […]

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BLOOM Initiative's First Year: Successes and New Partnerships

July 24, 2013

This blog originally appeared on the Black Gives Back Blog. Click here to view the original post. Ninety-Three Percent of BLOOM Youth Have Not Violated Their Probation On June 26, 2013, the California Community Foundation (CCF) celebrated the one-year anniversary of its Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Men (BLOOM) initiative with a […]

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From Where I Stand: Homelessness in Los Angeles

July 17, 2013

By Steve Hatter When I look out of my 5th floor window at night, I can see folks sleeping in their cars and on the street. In Los Angeles, there are more than 58,000 homeless people and many find their way here, to skid row, night after night. More than 5,000 sleep on sidewalks, under […]

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Lessons from a 2-Year-Old Community Foundation in Romania

July 12, 2013

By Terri Mosqueda Nearly one hundred years ago, Mr. Joseph Sartori created the Los Angeles Community Foundation (now the California Community Foundation) as part of the trust department of Security Pacific Bank. He was at the heels of banker and estate planning attorney Mr. Frederick H Goff, who had recently launched the Cleveland Community Foundation, […]

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Transforming Communities, One Summer Night at a Time

July 3, 2013

By Gino Garcia Envision this: Summer time in southern California. Beaches, a slight breeze, kids out of school playing with other neighborhood kids, and a couple months to bask in the unrelenting summer sun. While this tends to be the predominant image, the narrative contrasts with that of many communities in our own L.A. County […]

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Delayed Gratification

June 25, 2013

by Roberta Conroy, CCF Donor I have been a donor to the California Community Foundation since sometime in the 90’s.  At that time my career was in full swing and I didn’t feel that I could spend much time getting to know the organizations I wanted to support.   These were also my higher tax bracket […]

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GLEH: Feeling Right at Home

June 19, 2013

By Ara Babaian, Esq., Chairman of the Board and Eric Harrison, Executive Director, GLEH Most people may not realize that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) seniors and seniors living with HIV/AIDS face a disproportionate amount of challenges as compared to their heterosexual counterparts.  Many of today’s LGBT seniors, in particular those who are low-income, […]

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Preserving Cultural Heritage in Los Angeles

May 29, 2013

By Leslie Ito In the heart of Little Tokyo stands a beacon to the history and culture of Japanese Americans: The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center. It is the largest ethnic cultural center of its kind in the United States.  The JACCC features a five-story office building, an 840-seat theater and a plaza. The […]

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