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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.

Philanthropy Brings Endeavour Home to the California Science Center

October 24, 2012

In April 2011, NASA announced that the California Science Center prevailed in a national competition to receive one of four orbiters with the conclusion of the U.S. Space Shuttle Program. Endeavour was awarded for permanent exhibition to the California Science Center. This extraordinary announcement accelerated action on Phase III of the Science Center’s Master Plan to create […]

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Out of the Box Giving

October 17, 2012

Traditionally, foundations accept gifts of money, publicly traded stocks and some forms of non-cash gifts such as business interests or privately held stock. Imagine my surprise when I got a call from a financial advisor who said that he had a client with a very unusual gift: bathroom tile. This wasn’t just any tile. This […]

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A Culture of Courage

October 10, 2012

At this year’s annual Council on Foundations conference, a question arose that struck me. A staffer from a rural community foundation in Northern California asked the panel for advice on creating a “culture of courage”.  This foundation’s region was facing growing immigration, and the foundation’s board had not dealt with it, in the staffer’s view. […]

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The Future of Philanthropy

October 3, 2012

Philanthropy has two possible futures. One can be predicted by looking at the past. In fact, it will be created by our loyalty to the limitations of the past, and it won’t look all that different. It will be characterized by caution and a lack of courage and innovation. Or worse, it will be characterized by […]

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Omar Brownson: The Next Generation of Philanthropy

September 25, 2012

For the next generation of philanthropists, I don’t think they’re going to ask themselves whether or not they should work in the private, public, or non-profit sector.  They’re going to wake up each day and ask themselves what impact am I going to make today.   The traditional model of a successful career and life was […]

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Discovering the Next Generation

September 19, 2012

Although philanthropic professionals have strong relationships with their donors and fund holders, they often have yet to develop relationships with the successor trustees or family members who are due to become the next generation of community foundation donors. Using findings from a first-of-its kind research study we conducted with the Johnson Center for Philanthropy, 100 […]

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Measuring the Helpfulness of Foundations' Social Media for Grantees

September 12, 2012

While not all grantmaking institutions view grantees as a primary audience for their social media—and even those who do don’t necessarily share the same goals—our latest research sought to address a very basic question: Are grantees using their foundation funders’ social media? In 2011, the Center for Effective Philanthropy surveyed more than 6,000 grantees about […]

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Is a Mandatory Payout for Donor Advised Funds on the Horizon?

September 5, 2012

How many ofour readers have money in donor advised funds (DAFs)? If you are one of those readers, you may soon be hearing a lot more about a mandatory 5% annual payout. That’s because earlier this summer, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued a report concluding that, like private foundations, DAFs should have a mandatory […]

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Change IS Service

August 29, 2012

We nonprofits often think of ourselves as serving our communities — such as the Latino community, the museum-going community, a low income community, and so forth. And we often forget that we not only serve communities, we represent communities. For example, if you serve families of children with disabilities, you also represent such families and […]

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Strategic Philanthropy Demands Data-Driven Decision Making

August 22, 2012

If you are a philanthropist or responsible for funding decisions, you have no doubt faced difficult choices in these tough economic times. Rates of poverty and unemployment are soaring while health outcomes and educational attainment are slipping. Faced with shrinking funding portfolios and skyrocketing community needs, the use of data can help drive decision-making. Over […]

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