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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Connecting Communities Through Technology

July 18, 2012

For many, data can be a static representation of a demographic, geography, numbers or figures. But what would it look like if information was interactive? Many organizations and companies are working to create better and better interactive data gathering and mapping platforms. For nonprofits, foundations and other organizations in the business of changing the world, […]

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Investment in Summer Night Lights Leads to a Thriving L.A.

July 4, 2012

The Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD)’s Summer Night Lights program isn’t your run-of-the-mill summer youth program aiming to keep kids of the streets. Rather, Summer Night Lights, or as most Angelenos refer to it – SNL, is a community empowerment program investing in L.A.’s most violence-impacted neighborhoods.  Since 2008, SNL has […]

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Let's See Some Identification

June 27, 2012

As I read Monday’s Supreme Court decision on Arizona’s anti-immigrant law and the various analyses that followed it in preparation for a press conference, I was suddenly struck by how much I missed my former career as a civil rights lawyer. Here in print was proof of the role lawyers, Congress and the courts play […]

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Summer Not So Bright For Kids in L.A.

June 13, 2012

This summer, almost all of Los Angeles Unified’s 664,000 students will be out of school. Due in part to changes in the school calendar, the opening of new schools, and budget cuts, many of these students will have limited options during the summer months. In past years, the LAUSD provided robust summer programming through Beyond […]

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A Side Order of Philanthropy

June 6, 2012

What happens when you bring a group of friends together for food or drinks and add a side dish of philanthropy?  You build communities at the grassroots level and from there the possibilities are endless. In the last decade, giving circles have sprouted up across the nation among donors of all backgrounds and income levels.  […]

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Busting Generational Silos to Build Better Neighborhoods

May 30, 2012

I had the opportunity to meet and hear from Dr. Nancy Henkin of the Intergenerational Center at Temple University, winner of the 2011 Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence.  Among several great ideas and examples that Dr. Henkin shared, one message really stood out: “People don’t live in silos…and neither should solutions.” While this philosophy could […]

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