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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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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When “Dependency” is Not a Bad Word

January 30, 2013

By Phil Buchanan This blog was originally posted on The Center for Effective Philanthropy blog. I have a dependency problem. No, it’s not drugs or alcohol. My dependency is on something else—philanthropic support. The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP), the organization I lead, is hooked on it. True, the majority of the funding CEP receives […]

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A Not-So-Golden State for California’s Youngest Children

January 23, 2013

By John Kim A new website, SaveMySeat.org, graphically shows that more than 11,200 licensed child care and early child education spaces have been eliminated in communities across Los Angeles County since 2008. Many parents are now hard pressed to find the child care and early childhood education services they need to participate in the workforce. […]

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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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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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The 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective Boards

April 4, 2012

In my work with foundations over the past decade, it has become clear to me that, while there are lots of effective and well-intentioned board members out there, it’s easy for foundation boards to get lulled into complacency and slip into bad habits. Here are what I regard as the 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective […]

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Rebirth of an Old Idea

March 21, 2012

One of the key findings of CCF’s Transfer of Wealth report was the need to enable non-profits to adopt a planned giving strategy for no cost and little effort. The term “Planned Giving” conjures many reactions among non-profits — it sounds complicated, expensive, not essential, time-consuming, we don’t know any rich people, we’re not interested […]

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The Future of Philanthropy in L.A.

December 12, 2011

A report released last week reveals: •    By the end of 2020, personal wealth or assets in L.A. County will grow to $1.4 trillion •    L.A.’s wealth will grow faster and larger than almost every metro in the nation •    Immigrant entrepreneurs will be the major driver of future wealth •    $114 billion will be […]

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