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.

Working Toward Health Equity for LGBT Elders of Color

June 12, 2013

By Judy Evans Over the next several decades, our country will grow increasingly older and more diverse. There are currently more than 40 million adults aged 65 and older in the U.S., a number that will more than double over the next four decades; by 2050, Latino, Black, Asian and Pacific Islander and American Indian […]

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Unsung Heroes Among Us

June 5, 2013

By John Kobara When we are at our best, we are generous and unconditional in our support of others. We are far less cynical and skeptical. We are more concerned about others than ourselves. We are more engaged with the value of our actions. When we are at our best we believe and act as […]

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Preserving Cultural Heritage in Los Angeles

May 29, 2013

By Leslie Ito In the heart of Little Tokyo stands a beacon to the history and culture of Japanese Americans: The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center. It is the largest ethnic cultural center of its kind in the United States.  The JACCC features a five-story office building, an 840-seat theater and a plaza. The […]

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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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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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