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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.

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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Our Common Endeavor: A Perspective on 2012 and on to 2013

January 2, 2013

By John Kobara 2012 was a year of ups and downs reflecting our economy, an election year and our collective sense of uncertainty. The deep structural impacts of the recession continue to challenge nonprofits and their donors. The division between the haves and have-nots was also evident with nonprofits here in Los Angeles. Charitable giving […]

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Need to Reach Millennials? App-solutely try an App!

December 19, 2012

My generation can do everything imaginable on a cell phone. Directions? Check.  Hang out with friends? Check. Set up a reminder to call Mom on Mother’s Day? Check?  Call mom?  Hopefully, if the battery isn’t dead from Angry Birds. This is the Millennial generation.  Young Invincibles started in DC to make sure that health care […]

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A Fundraising Cliff? What does the data say?

December 8, 2012

This post by Steve MacLaughlin originally appeared in Beth’s Blog:  Please click here to see the original post. Over the past few months I’ve been asked a lot of questions about giving trends: What explains the flat trend in overall fundraising? Is it the economy? Was it the election cycle? What about Hurricane Sandy? Are we […]

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Extraordinary Gifts: California Community Foundation VP John E. Kobara on the Surprising State of Charitable Giving Nationwide and in L.A.

December 5, 2012

The complete blog/interview was originally posted by Shayna Rose Arnold on Los Angeles Magazine’s City Think Blog. Please click here to read the full entry: Extraordinary Gifts With the election season behind us and the end-of-year giving season upon us, Shayna Rose Arnold of LAMag.com sat down with California Community Foundation’s Executive VP and COO, […]

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Demolishing Roads to Failure for Black Male Youth

November 28, 2012

By Terri Dixon It was a sobering scene at the California Rehabilitation Center (CDC) for Men in Norco, located right outside of Ontario.  What used to be a hotel, then a Naval Base, is now as correctional facility for men destined to be released into a society that has and will reject them time and […]

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Taxmageddon: Can Anyone Turn the Wheel Before America Goes off the Fiscal Cliff?

November 21, 2012

By Reynolds Cafferata Americans woke up on the morning of November 7th to this post-election reality: Nothing had changed. Aside from a few new faces, the House was still Republican, the Senate was still Democratic and the president was still Obama. What was different was the cleverly branded financial calamity called the Fiscal Cliff that […]

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Giving Black in Los Angeles: Donor Profiles and Opportunities for the Future

November 20, 2012

By Nike Irvin The Liberty Hill Foundation has released Giving Black in Los Angeles: Donor Profiles and Opportunities for the Future, a comprehensive study of the motivation and giving habits of African Americans in Los Angeles. Building on Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Eugene Robinson’s finding in his book Disintegration that Black America is actually made […]

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Laying the Groundwork for Collaboration

November 14, 2012

Collaboration has long been a buzzword for nonprofits and foundations, and it’s become the subject of renewed interest in recent years as various networked and cross-sector models have emerged. Yet even as economic and social challenges spur some organizations toward collaboration, the same pressures force others inward and make it even harder for those leaders […]

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Struggling to Ask for Money? Think Thin Mints!

November 7, 2012

Do you have a Girl Scout in your life?  A little sister, maybe a niece, who puts on a uniform, knocks on doors, and sells shocking amounts of Thin Mints? Why do I ask?  Well, besides the fact that I was at my social peak as a Brownie, I want us to remember how easy […]

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