Wholehearted Philanthropy

December 30, 2016

“Why do we spend our lives striving to be something that we would never want to be, if only we knew what we wanted? Why do we waste our time doing things which, if we only stop to think about them, are just the opposite of what we are made for?” -Thomas Merton If a […]

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A Community-Built Future for El Monte

November 25, 2016

This giving season, we are highlighting innovative approaches to the most pressing issues facing Los Angeles County. Our investments in these solutions are made possible by the Future of L.A. Fund. There are moments when a single question can change your life. Francisco Arroyo was midway through his junior year, when his guidance counselor asked […]

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Lifting Up Artists’ Voices to Spark Dialogue and Advance Change

November 11, 2016

By Cathy Unger As a native Angelena, I have seen the great challenges – and potential – inherent in this region I call home. Many years ago, I was inspired by my parents’ example of community activism and have since dedicated my career to service and championing equal rights. As a donor and former board […]

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Statement from Los Angeles Foundations on SCOTUS’ 4-4 Tie in Decision on Expanded DACA and DAPA

June 23, 2016

Dreams for a better life – one out of the shadows with the promise of greater economic vitality for individuals and the region as a whole – were deferred today. The Supreme Court of the United States ruled 4-4 on the Obama Administration’s immigration executive actions that would have expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals […]

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Not Enough Fish in the Sea? Los Angeles County Charitable Giving Down $1 Billion Since 2006

June 3, 2016

By John E. Kobara When I was very young, I was captivated by fishing. The idea of throwing a line into a mass of impenetrable water and imagining what you might catch on the line… always thinking there’s a big fish out there for me. My brother-in-law, who is a professional adventure fisherman, told me […]

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Accelerating Economic Opportunity and Helping Young Men BLOOM

May 18, 2016

Ernest had seen too much by the time he turned 16. His family had been shattered by drug abuse, and now he was facing the justice system for the first time. “Friends I grew up with were going to prison for 15 or 20 years,” Ernest said. “I knew there had to be something else.” […]

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Understanding the Real Cost of Nonprofit Work

November 19, 2015

By John E. Kobara This piece originally appeared in Huffington Post Los Angeles: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-e-kobara/understanding-cost-nonprofit-work_b_8556918.html We know that our government depends on nonprofit organizations to sustain critical portions of our safety net through services like shelters, health clinics and foster youth programs. But a recent Urban Institute report highlights the significant challenges nonprofits in California face […]

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The New Normal: Mega Donors and Fewer Recipients

July 22, 2015

The recently released annual report on American philanthropy, Giving USA, cites a 5.4 percent surge in charitable giving last year to $358.4 billion, reaching above pre-recession levels. This is good news and a reflection of the economy. Donations to religious organizations, though in decline, continue to be the top category of giving and each recipient […]

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Macro Impact Coming From Microloans in LA

January 22, 2015

What is entrepreneurship, after all? Bigness is not the issue. Poor people are the ones who take challenges every day. The guy who sells a hot dog on the street is as much an entrepreneur as anyone else. — Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Grameen America Founder We need to rethink our image […]

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The El Monte Promise Foundation: Collaboration and Innovation Brings a Better Future to El Monte

July 3, 2014

Kindergartners are encouraged to think about what they want to be when they grow up. In classrooms, they learn about different professions and draw pictures of themselves as firefighters, astronauts, doctors, artists and even U.S. presidents. Their dreams are big and they are unstoppable. Yet somewhere along the way, far too many children see these […]

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