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From Palmdale to Paramount, from Beverly Hills to Boyle Heights, individuals and organizations are working tirelessly to create a better future for Los Angeles County. #LAtogether was launched by the California Community Foundation to amplify L.A.’s voices of change, draw connections between diverse communities and share innovative new approaches to building Los Angeles together.

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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What's Love Got To Do With It?

May 15, 2013

By Michelle Rhone-Collins Early in my career when I was working with youth in the Lower East Side of New York, I was chastised by the CEO of the organization for writing the word “love” in a grant proposal- it was inappropriate, it was trite, it was soft.  Now I respected this man tremendously, and […]

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Finding Peace

May 8, 2013

H. Cooke Sunoo Growing up in San Francisco to Korean parents, I looked different than my classmates but in my home and heart, my family was unabashedly American. My father, now 95, has been an American citizen for almost 75 years and served in the American army. His love for America (which he calls home) […]

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Smart Growth: Coming to a Neighborhood Near You?

April 22, 2013

By Joan Ling In 1984, I bought a modest house in a transitioning working class neighborhood where the original residents who moved into their homes in the 1940s and 50s were selling to investors and first time home buyers.  Over the last three decades, I have seen great changes.  My home value has grown in […]

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Giving a Gift of Real Estate is Possible, and it's Easy

By Brian Capossela The real estate market over the past several years has been tough, but the market’s in a sweet spot right now, inventory  (LA County currently has 4½ months, most economists consider six or seven months a healthy supply) and days on the market (51 days in LA County) are both below historical averages, […]

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Unleashing the Potential of Youth in Philanthropy and Nonprofits

April 16, 2013

By Annie Hernandez In recent research  on next generation donors, 90 percent of respondents cited their parents as their model of philanthropy.  The more—and earlier—parents engage their children in philanthropy, the more their legacy of giving will be passed along.  I have had the opportunity to work with over a hundred youth ages 8-21 involved […]

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At the Intersection of a Social Mission and a For Profit Model: A Social Enterprise Called Isidore Electronics Recycling

April 10, 2013

by Kabira Stokes How many cell phones do you think you have owned? 5? 12? If we take the adult population of California (roughly 28 million) and apply the statistics that 87% own a cell phone (as per the Pew Research Center) and that the average person replaces their phone every 18 months (US EPA) […]

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Meeting Your Family Where it is: An Approach to Philanthropy to Bring (and Keep) Families Together

April 2, 2013

When new philanthropists think about starting a new foundation, oftentimes two images come to mind.  First, there is the idealized version of what a family foundation might look like: In a beautiful room decorated with (flattering) portraits of the donor, family members of all ages come together to make meaningful gifts that align with a […]

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Street Vendor Economics 101: Lessons for Nonprofits

March 26, 2013

I work with entrepreneurs. Mostly, these entrepreneurs are street vendors. Taco engineers. Tamale fabricators. Churro developers. Innovators in the City’s informal economy. They constantly inspire me with their energy, their ideas, and their refusal to give up under extreme circumstances – chronic unemployment, poverty, obstructionist policy (yes, street vending is illegal in Los Angeles ), and […]

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More and Better Learning Time: Closing the Opportunity Gap in Los Angeles

March 20, 2013

By Sanjiv Rao There are two words that, when used wisely, can turn around a child’s education: More and Better.  In middle and upper income neighborhoods, parents and families spend countless after school hours shuttling to and from a variety of enrichment activities in order to provide both the ‘more’ and the ‘better’.  In low-income […]

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