Not Just Numbers: How Tax Form 990 Can Tell An Organization's Story

May 16, 2014

This week, hundreds of thousands of nonprofits whose fiscal years ended in December filed a Tax Form 990, the annual return required of many tax-exempt organizations. While the full 990 is required for tax-exempt organizations with average annual receipts of over $200,000 (organizations with receipts between $50,000 and $200,000 file a simpler 990EZ, and those […]

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Immediate, Direct & Inspirational: May 6th is Pass It Along LA Day

April 30, 2014

A purse gets stolen. A refrigerator breaks down. Eye glasses need to be purchased. What most of us consider as minor inconveniences could be life changing for many who are vulnerable. These critical moments often do not cost much in dollars, but, unaddressed, they could cost a great deal to an individual or family’s well […]

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Investing in College Success Yields High Returns

February 27, 2014

From the rag traders of the early 20th century who founded multi-billion dollar media companies to today’s Silicon Valley venture capitalists, California has always been a magnet for smart investors. The state’s culture of innovation and entrepreneurship has made it the world’s 8th largest economy, with a Gross Domestic Product between that of Russia and […]

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Developing the Underdeveloped

February 5, 2014

Many nonprofits are caught in a vicious cycle. Declining fundraising leads to the development director’s departure. This disrupts donor relationships, makes it difficult to recruit new development staff and leads to further fundraising declines. This cycle is taking place throughout the sector, and a new study released by The Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund […]

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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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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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Working Toward Health Equity for LGBT Elders of Color

June 12, 2013

By Judy Evans Over the next several decades, our country will grow increasingly older and more diverse. There are currently more than 40 million adults aged 65 and older in the U.S., a number that will more than double over the next four decades; by 2050, Latino, Black, Asian and Pacific Islander and American Indian […]

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Unsung Heroes Among Us

June 5, 2013

By John Kobara When we are at our best, we are generous and unconditional in our support of others. We are far less cynical and skeptical. We are more concerned about others than ourselves. We are more engaged with the value of our actions. When we are at our best we believe and act as […]

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Giving a Gift of Real Estate is Possible, and it's Easy

April 22, 2013

By Brian Capossela The real estate market over the past several years has been tough, but the market’s in a sweet spot right now, inventory  (LA County currently has 4½ months, most economists consider six or seven months a healthy supply) and days on the market (51 days in LA County) are both below historical averages, […]

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Meeting Your Family Where it is: An Approach to Philanthropy to Bring (and Keep) Families Together

April 2, 2013

When new philanthropists think about starting a new foundation, oftentimes two images come to mind.  First, there is the idealized version of what a family foundation might look like: In a beautiful room decorated with (flattering) portraits of the donor, family members of all ages come together to make meaningful gifts that align with a […]

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