What's Love Got To Do With It?

May 15, 2013

By Michelle Rhone-Collins Early in my career when I was working with youth in the Lower East Side of New York, I was chastised by the CEO of the organization for writing the word “love” in a grant proposal- it was inappropriate, it was trite, it was soft.  Now I respected this man tremendously, and […]

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Finding Peace

May 8, 2013

H. Cooke Sunoo Growing up in San Francisco to Korean parents, I looked different than my classmates but in my home and heart, my family was unabashedly American. My father, now 95, has been an American citizen for almost 75 years and served in the American army. His love for America (which he calls home) […]

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At the Intersection of a Social Mission and a For Profit Model: A Social Enterprise Called Isidore Electronics Recycling

April 10, 2013

by Kabira Stokes How many cell phones do you think you have owned? 5? 12? If we take the adult population of California (roughly 28 million) and apply the statistics that 87% own a cell phone (as per the Pew Research Center) and that the average person replaces their phone every 18 months (US EPA) […]

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More and Better Learning Time: Closing the Opportunity Gap in Los Angeles

March 20, 2013

By Sanjiv Rao There are two words that, when used wisely, can turn around a child’s education: More and Better.  In middle and upper income neighborhoods, parents and families spend countless after school hours shuttling to and from a variety of enrichment activities in order to provide both the ‘more’ and the ‘better’.  In low-income […]

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Time Travel and Tutoring: How to Grow a Nonprofit One Time Traveler at a Time

March 13, 2013

By Joel Arquillos Like you, I woke up this morning and headed to work. Unlike you, my office is a ‘lab’ fronted by a Time Travel Mart. In this mart, we sell everything the good folks in the community need to enjoy safe and successful time travel: Mammoth Chunks, Robot Milk, Viking Odorant, and Hair […]

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Giving Circles: Putting the 'Fun' Back in 'Fundraising'

February 5, 2013

By Diane Manuel Los Angeles is all about choice. If you want to meet a group of folks who like to knit, there are Sip ‘n Stitch groups, if books are your bag; there are countless book clubs and groups. But what about folks who want to do good and have a good time doing […]

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Demolishing Roads to Failure for Black Male Youth

November 28, 2012

By Terri Dixon It was a sobering scene at the California Rehabilitation Center (CDC) for Men in Norco, located right outside of Ontario.  What used to be a hotel, then a Naval Base, is now as correctional facility for men destined to be released into a society that has and will reject them time and […]

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Change IS Service

August 29, 2012

We nonprofits often think of ourselves as serving our communities — such as the Latino community, the museum-going community, a low income community, and so forth. And we often forget that we not only serve communities, we represent communities. For example, if you serve families of children with disabilities, you also represent such families and […]

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Developing Leading Professionals into Effective Boardmembers

August 8, 2012

Giving in L.A. takes on many forms. Prior to becoming Mayor, Richard Riordan observed a lack of succession planning in nonprofit board governance and wanted to solve this problem. With advisory direction from Coro Southern California, The United Way of Greater Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce Charity Foundation, the idea of […]

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A Summer of Learning and Fun Despite Funding Cuts

August 1, 2012

Philanthropy often reaches communities on the heels of strategic initiatives, years in the making. Sometimes, though, real-world problems demand urgency and innovation, new partnerships, and immediate action. In early June 2009, Los Angeles Unified School District announced budget cuts that began dismantling summer school programs throughout the city—immediately. Without warning, families found themselves without access […]

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