A Summer of Learning and Fun Despite Funding Cuts

August 1, 2012

Philanthropy often reaches communities on the heels of strategic initiatives, years in the making. Sometimes, though, real-world problems demand urgency and innovation, new partnerships, and immediate action. In early June 2009, Los Angeles Unified School District announced budget cuts that began dismantling summer school programs throughout the city—immediately. Without warning, families found themselves without access […]

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How Millennials Are Giving in L.A. and Beyond

July 25, 2012

Generation Y wants to give back to worthwhile causes. Each individual has its own preferences, from donating to volunteering, but the spirit of philanthropy is evident. Millennials also want to take action now and like knowing – and seeing – that every little bit of what they give is making an impact. Philanthropy is personal, […]

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Connecting Communities Through Technology

July 18, 2012

For many, data can be a static representation of a demographic, geography, numbers or figures. But what would it look like if information was interactive? Many organizations and companies are working to create better and better interactive data gathering and mapping platforms. For nonprofits, foundations and other organizations in the business of changing the world, […]

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Fast Pitch: Unleashing Potential through Storytelling

July 11, 2012

Have you ever heard a story that gives you goose bumps? It happens to me every time I watch the “Fast Pitch” video with this opening line: “I’m an Eagle Scout, an ex-convict, a recovering heroin addict, and the Founder and Creative Director of BTS Communications.” When John Sullivan spoke those words at LASVP’s 2010 […]

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Let's See Some Identification

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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