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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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A New Narrative for Corporate Philanthropy

June 20, 2012

A well-respected colleague and I recently had a troubling conversation.   While we agreed that we are entering into a new era of corporate philanthropy, we found ourselves in a circular conversation with no shared platform to speak from about our differing strategies to achieve the triple bottom line impact. Following a year-long strategic initiative, The […]

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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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Open Space for Every Angeleno

May 23, 2012

It may come as a surprise to some Angelenos, but our city has the least amount of parks out of all the other major metropolitan cities in the nation!  Less than 15% of our residents live within walking distance of a park. Even of greater concern is the inequitable distribution of what open space exists, […]

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When The White House Calls, You Answer

May 16, 2012

WHIAAPI: Changing the World for AAPIs on Prezi May is Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month (APIAHM).  While there is much to celebrate in terms of accomplishments and advancement by the Asian Pacific Islander American community, this post highlights something different. A few weeks ago I had the honor of attending the first-ever national philanthropic […]

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Private Foundations – The Best Laid Plans? – Part 2

May 10, 2012

  In my last post, I addressed why private foundations are appealing to many donors who want to formalize or advance their personal philanthropy.  What many donors don’t consider before creating one, however, are the costs that come with this seemingly flexible solution.  These unanticipated costs lead many private foundations to fail over time. Here […]

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Private Foundations – The Best Laid Plans? – Part 1

May 9, 2012

One of the wonderful things I love about Los Angeles is our entrepreneurial spirit. Whether that means opening a café selling locally roasted coffee or providing consulting services to help contractors build more energy efficient homes, Angelenos have a desire to fill niches, innovate, and build better mousetraps. This entrepreneurial spirit often extends to our […]

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Make That Change

May 4, 2012

On April 24th, nearly 700 nonprofit staff and board members gathered at California Science Center for the launch of the Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative (NSI).   The original thought of the partners on this venture – California Community Foundation, Weingart Foundation, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Center for Nonprofit Management, LaPiana […]

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My Investment in the Future of Young Black Men

May 3, 2012

Last night, I attended an important town hall in South Los Angeles, the purpose of which was a community conversation about improving the future for young Black men.  This segment of our community is one of the most vulnerable and misunderstood, underachieving and overrepresented in the criminal justice system in California.  The reasons are many […]

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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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