Collaboration: Principled Conflict

May 2, 2012

Last weekend was a big one for organizations and people in the business of philanthropy. Individuals ranging from CEOs to program staff of family, corporate, community and private foundations gathered together in Los Angeles for the Annual 2012 Council on Foundation Conference.  For many, the opening plenary on how philanthropy responded to crises in the […]

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Are there standards that should be followed in philanthropy?

April 18, 2012

In the late 1990s, community foundations of all sizes and priority areas began to reflect on this question and what constitutes a community foundation.  What was the distinct value community foundations should offer, and the philosophies that should guide it?  As a direct result, the Council on Foundations and a group of community foundation practitioners […]

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It’s Nice to be Nice

April 11, 2012

I got my first lesson on giving in L.A. unexpectedly and from a surprising source – my step grandparents, Grandma Willie and Grandpa John. I was in my late 20’s, they were in their early 80’s.  They would call me once a month or so asking if I’d come for a visit.  They’d welcome me […]

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How Wirtz Elementary Got Its Murals

March 28, 2012

Harry Wirtz Elementary became a canvas for a group of renowned contemporary artists who created four murals on the campus’ walls earlier this year. Wirtz Elementary is a Title I school with a high percentage of students on free/reduced lunch, located in Paramount Unified School District. It’s been an Arts for All school since 2006 […]

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Rebirth of an Old Idea

March 21, 2012

One of the key findings of CCF’s Transfer of Wealth report was the need to enable non-profits to adopt a planned giving strategy for no cost and little effort. The term “Planned Giving” conjures many reactions among non-profits — it sounds complicated, expensive, not essential, time-consuming, we don’t know any rich people, we’re not interested […]

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Nonprofits Need to Start Planning for Their Future, or Else

March 7, 2012

In order to help the nonprofit community of Los Angeles and Southern California improve the financial strength and future prospects of their organizations, CCF is sponsoring a series of free seminars on planned giving which begin this Friday, March 9 at RAND Corporation in Santa Monica.  Executive directors, development directors and board members are strongly […]

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Smart Growth California

February 29, 2012

I think everyone agrees that we need to encourage more jobs in Los Angeles. Our economy and lifestyle depend on it. At the same time, nobody wants to see an increase in traffic congestion or pollution as a result of more people living far from work.  Far too many of us already struggle with long […]

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Pinterest: A Tool To Curate Relevant Visual Content for Your Audience

February 15, 2012

Today’s post is from nonprofit blogger Beth Kanter on Pininterest, a virtual pinboard that is currently gaining huge momentum as a visual platform to share content within context.  The ever changing world of tech provides more resources like Pininterest for nonprofits to use to help market their cause or charity in a compelling and creative […]

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Is Collaboration Just a Buzzword?

February 8, 2012

Last week, the Center for Civil Society at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs released its tenth “State of the Sector” report on Los Angeles County nonprofits.  Entitled “Stressed and Stretched: The Recession, Poverty, and Human Services Nonprofits in Los Angeles,” the report contained several themes that have been echoed in similar reports in […]

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Continuing the Momentum of L.A.'s Pacific Standard Time

January 25, 2012

The Getty’s ambitious and high-profile initiative, Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945–1980, is focusing the contemporary art world’s attention on L.A.-based pioneering artists.  My hope is that this initiative also shifts the focus from sustaining a marketplace for art to supporting the life and work of artists. A national study showed that 96% of […]

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