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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Immigration Reform is About Empowerment

May 22, 2013

By Catherine Eusebio Kathy is an undocumented Thai-Chinese immigrant from Arizona. She wrote to me about her lifetime of isolation. The label “illegal” made her feel unwelcome despite living in the U.S. since childhood. And while her state is infamous for its antagonistic treatment of immigrants, Kathy did not know a single undocumented person in […]

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Beyond Grantmaking: Program-Related Investing and Modern Philanthropy

October 31, 2012

New Treasury regulations on program-related investments (PRIs) are generating renewed interest among private foundations seeking a more market-based way to further their charitable purposes.  PRIs are an exception to the excise tax on jeopardizing investments, allowing private foundations to serve as venture capitalists, business incubators, and “social entrepreneurs” in furtherance of their exempt purposes. 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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Family Values Influence Philanthropy

February 22, 2012

I just returned from the Council on Foundations Family Philanthropy Conference in Miami, a three-day event focused on education, the arts, impact investing, advocacy and family dynamics.  Amidst all of that great discussion, I was struck again by the importance of communicating family legacy.   A family’s beliefs, behaviors and messages are carried down through generations, […]

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