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.

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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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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