Nonprofit Governance: Directors Held Personally Liable for Mismanagement

April 27, 2015

By Ofer Lion, Douglas M. Mancino and Christian G. Canas A recent court ruling highlights the need for robust governance practices for nonprofits. The Third Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed an award of $2.25 million in compensatory damages against former directors and officers of a bankrupt nonprofit corporation – personal liability for breach of fiduciary […]

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Ten Things We Don’t Know About Nonprofit Systems

March 30, 2015

By Denise Tom The nonprofit system in Los Angeles County has an identity problem. If you Google it, you won’t find much there. In today’s digital world, if Google can’t find you, you’re not “trending” and therefore not worth people’s attention. So here is a list, a la BuzzFeed, of the 10 things we don’t […]

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What's Your Nonprofit Start-Up IQ?

March 11, 2015

By John E. Kobara For good reason, people today are seeing the status quo as unacceptable. Regardless of where you sit, there are tremendous challenges all around. Things that have to change if we want a more just and humane world. But when we have impulses to change something, we often fire first, then aim. […]

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Macro Impact Coming From Microloans in LA

January 22, 2015

What is entrepreneurship, after all? Bigness is not the issue. Poor people are the ones who take challenges every day. The guy who sells a hot dog on the street is as much an entrepreneur as anyone else. — Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Grameen America Founder We need to rethink our image […]

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Black Youth at a Crossroads: Helping Students BLOOM

August 29, 2014

Last week, the Los Angeles Unified School District announced a much-needed policy change. Minor infractions committed by students will no longer be treated as criminal offenses. This is a step in the right direction, but if we want to keep young people out of the justice system and in school–where they belong–there is still much […]

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Not Just Numbers: How Tax Form 990 Can Tell An Organization's Story

May 16, 2014

This week, hundreds of thousands of nonprofits whose fiscal years ended in December filed a Tax Form 990, the annual return required of many tax-exempt organizations. While the full 990 is required for tax-exempt organizations with average annual receipts of over $200,000 (organizations with receipts between $50,000 and $200,000 file a simpler 990EZ, and those […]

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Immediate, Direct & Inspirational: May 6th is Pass It Along LA Day

April 30, 2014

A purse gets stolen. A refrigerator breaks down. Eye glasses need to be purchased. What most of us consider as minor inconveniences could be life changing for many who are vulnerable. These critical moments often do not cost much in dollars, but, unaddressed, they could cost a great deal to an individual or family’s well […]

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The Case for Effective “Policing” of Nonprofit Funds

April 23, 2014

By Edward J. Loya, Jr. Charitable giving in the United States is big business. From 2008-2012, nonprofits received more than $1.5 trillion in donation from charity-minded Americans.[1] The nation’s 965,000 nonprofits[2] range from one-person operations to huge, multinational organizations and represent a diverse spectrum of viewpoints, causes and approaches. What they all have in common […]

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Tell us what you think!

March 19, 2014

As GivinginLA begins its third year highlighting the trends, issues and challenges of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector in Los Angeles County, we want to know how we can better tell the stories that matter to you. L.A. County is a land of both great needs and tremendous resources. It contains an enormous population of […]

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'I Have a Dream' Rings True and Deep, 50 Years Later

August 28, 2013

Fifty Years later, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I have a dream speech’ is as powerful today as it was then. I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. Five score years ago, a great American, […]

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