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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.

Time Travel and Tutoring: How to Grow a Nonprofit One Time Traveler at a Time

March 13, 2013

By Joel Arquillos Like you, I woke up this morning and headed to work. Unlike you, my office is a ‘lab’ fronted by a Time Travel Mart. In this mart, we sell everything the good folks in the community need to enjoy safe and successful time travel: Mammoth Chunks, Robot Milk, Viking Odorant, and Hair […]

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The Mid-Sized Nonprofit Squeeze

March 6, 2013

By Michael Alexander Mid-sized nonprofit organizations may have one of the toughest challenges of all nonprofits.  They are staffed by professionals who need to be paid.  They are not the beneficiaries of a “labor of love” workforce like many of the small nonprofits that often continue to do their good and valued work with heavy […]

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Creative Disruption – The Big AH HA!!!

February 28, 2013

By Claire Peeps Disruption doesn’t sound like such a good thing.  But it can be — especially if you’re a nonprofit leader, trustee or staff member.  Really! We’ve been providing Sabbaticals to nonprofit leaders and their organizations for 16 years now.  More than 80 distinguished nonprofit leaders have taken a three-month leave from their work, […]

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Nonprofit Solutions: MBA Nonprofit Case Challenges – Everyone Wins!

February 20, 2013

By Hellen Hong In November 2012, a California Community Foundation staff member suggested that I apply to UCLA Anderson School of Management’s 2013 Net Impact Nonprofit Consultant Challenge (NICC).  NICC is a blend of a consulting challenge and case competition in which a team of four to six MBA students work with a nonprofit to […]

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Connecting with the Black Philanthropic Community

February 13, 2013

By Akira Barclay African-Americans have a rich history of philanthropy.  Giving 8.6% of their discretionary income to charity, Blacks give more than any other racial group in the United States. Still, tapping into the generosity of this group remains a mystery for many including community foundations looking for ways to connect with new donors in […]

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Giving Circles: Putting the 'Fun' Back in 'Fundraising'

February 5, 2013

By Diane Manuel Los Angeles is all about choice. If you want to meet a group of folks who like to knit, there are Sip ‘n Stitch groups, if books are your bag; there are countless book clubs and groups. But what about folks who want to do good and have a good time doing […]

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When “Dependency” is Not a Bad Word

January 30, 2013

By Phil Buchanan This blog was originally posted on The Center for Effective Philanthropy blog. I have a dependency problem. No, it’s not drugs or alcohol. My dependency is on something else—philanthropic support. The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP), the organization I lead, is hooked on it. True, the majority of the funding CEP receives […]

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A Not-So-Golden State for California’s Youngest Children

January 23, 2013

By John Kim A new website, SaveMySeat.org, graphically shows that more than 11,200 licensed child care and early child education spaces have been eliminated in communities across Los Angeles County since 2008. Many parents are now hard pressed to find the child care and early childhood education services they need to participate in the workforce. […]

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Fearless Communication

January 16, 2013

By Barbara Osborn Last spring, in preparation for a Council on Foundations panel discussion, I spent a lot of time thinking about how foundations along with universities, journalists and other keepers of expertise are seeing their social status and influence erode. I asked myself, what changes do we need to put into place lest we […]

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Like Everything About LA, Being Education Mayor Is Different

January 9, 2013

An excerpt from a blog posted on 11/05/12 – THE BLOG on The Huffington Post By Melanie Lundquist, Philanthropist & Civic Activist and Patrick Sinclair, Senior Director, Communications and External Affairs, Partnership for Los Angeles Schools It’s been almost eight years since Antonio Villaraigosa moved into LA City Hall and announced fixing the public schools […]

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