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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Connecting with the Black Philanthropic Community

February 13, 2013

By Akira Barclay African-Americans have a rich history of philanthropy.  Giving 8.6% of their discretionary income to charity, Blacks give more than any other racial group in the United States. Still, tapping into the generosity of this group remains a mystery for many including community foundations looking for ways to connect with new donors in […]

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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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Like Everything About LA, Being Education Mayor Is Different

January 9, 2013

An excerpt from a blog posted on 11/05/12 – THE BLOG on The Huffington Post By Melanie Lundquist, Philanthropist & Civic Activist and Patrick Sinclair, Senior Director, Communications and External Affairs, Partnership for Los Angeles Schools It’s been almost eight years since Antonio Villaraigosa moved into LA City Hall and announced fixing the public schools […]

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A Fundraising Cliff? What does the data say?

December 8, 2012

This post by Steve MacLaughlin originally appeared in Beth’s Blog:  Please click here to see the original post. Over the past few months I’ve been asked a lot of questions about giving trends: What explains the flat trend in overall fundraising? Is it the economy? Was it the election cycle? What about Hurricane Sandy? Are we […]

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Philanthropy Brings Endeavour Home to the California Science Center

October 24, 2012

In April 2011, NASA announced that the California Science Center prevailed in a national competition to receive one of four orbiters with the conclusion of the U.S. Space Shuttle Program. Endeavour was awarded for permanent exhibition to the California Science Center. This extraordinary announcement accelerated action on Phase III of the Science Center’s Master Plan to create […]

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Out of the Box Giving

October 17, 2012

Traditionally, foundations accept gifts of money, publicly traded stocks and some forms of non-cash gifts such as business interests or privately held stock. Imagine my surprise when I got a call from a financial advisor who said that he had a client with a very unusual gift: bathroom tile. This wasn’t just any tile. This […]

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A Culture of Courage

October 10, 2012

At this year’s annual Council on Foundations conference, a question arose that struck me. A staffer from a rural community foundation in Northern California asked the panel for advice on creating a “culture of courage”.  This foundation’s region was facing growing immigration, and the foundation’s board had not dealt with it, in the staffer’s view. […]

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Omar Brownson: The Next Generation of Philanthropy

September 25, 2012

For the next generation of philanthropists, I don’t think they’re going to ask themselves whether or not they should work in the private, public, or non-profit sector.  They’re going to wake up each day and ask themselves what impact am I going to make today.   The traditional model of a successful career and life was […]

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Discovering the Next Generation

September 19, 2012

Although philanthropic professionals have strong relationships with their donors and fund holders, they often have yet to develop relationships with the successor trustees or family members who are due to become the next generation of community foundation donors. Using findings from a first-of-its kind research study we conducted with the Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 100 […]

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