Our Common Endeavor: A Perspective on 2012 and on to 2013

January 2, 2013

By John Kobara 2012 was a year of ups and downs reflecting our economy, an election year and our collective sense of uncertainty. The deep structural impacts of the recession continue to challenge nonprofits and their donors. The division between the haves and have-nots was also evident with nonprofits here in Los Angeles. Charitable giving […]

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Need to Reach Millennials? App-solutely try an App!

December 19, 2012

My generation can do everything imaginable on a cell phone. Directions? Check.  Hang out with friends? Check. Set up a reminder to call Mom on Mother’s Day? Check?  Call mom?  Hopefully, if the battery isn’t dead from Angry Birds. This is the Millennial generation.  Young Invincibles started in DC to make sure that health care […]

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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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Extraordinary Gifts: California Community Foundation VP John E. Kobara on the Surprising State of Charitable Giving Nationwide and in L.A.

December 5, 2012

The complete blog/interview was originally posted by Shayna Rose Arnold on Los Angeles Magazine’s City Think Blog. Please click here to read the full entry: Extraordinary Gifts With the election season behind us and the end-of-year giving season upon us, Shayna Rose Arnold of LAMag.com sat down with California Community Foundation’s Executive VP and COO, […]

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Taxmageddon: Can Anyone Turn the Wheel Before America Goes off the Fiscal Cliff?

November 21, 2012

By Reynolds Cafferata Americans woke up on the morning of November 7th to this post-election reality: Nothing had changed. Aside from a few new faces, the House was still Republican, the Senate was still Democratic and the president was still Obama. What was different was the cleverly branded financial calamity called the Fiscal Cliff that […]

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Giving Black in Los Angeles: Donor Profiles and Opportunities for the Future

November 20, 2012

By Nike Irvin The Liberty Hill Foundation has released Giving Black in Los Angeles: Donor Profiles and Opportunities for the Future, a comprehensive study of the motivation and giving habits of African Americans in Los Angeles. Building on Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Eugene Robinson’s finding in his book Disintegration that Black America is actually made […]

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Laying the Groundwork for Collaboration

November 14, 2012

Collaboration has long been a buzzword for nonprofits and foundations, and it’s become the subject of renewed interest in recent years as various networked and cross-sector models have emerged. Yet even as economic and social challenges spur some organizations toward collaboration, the same pressures force others inward and make it even harder for those leaders […]

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The Future of Philanthropy

October 3, 2012

Philanthropy has two possible futures. One can be predicted by looking at the past. In fact, it will be created by our loyalty to the limitations of the past, and it won’t look all that different. It will be characterized by caution and a lack of courage and innovation. Or worse, it will be characterized by […]

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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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