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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.

How Millennials Are Giving in L.A. and Beyond

July 25, 2012

Generation Y wants to give back to worthwhile causes. Each individual has its own preferences, from donating to volunteering, but the spirit of philanthropy is evident. Millennials also want to take action now and like knowing – and seeing – that every little bit of what they give is making an impact. Philanthropy is personal, […]

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Connecting Communities Through Technology

July 18, 2012

For many, data can be a static representation of a demographic, geography, numbers or figures. But what would it look like if information was interactive? Many organizations and companies are working to create better and better interactive data gathering and mapping platforms. For nonprofits, foundations and other organizations in the business of changing the world, […]

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Fast Pitch: Unleashing Potential through Storytelling

July 11, 2012

Have you ever heard a story that gives you goose bumps? It happens to me every time I watch the “Fast Pitch” video with this opening line: “I’m an Eagle Scout, an ex-convict, a recovering heroin addict, and the Founder and Creative Director of BTS Communications.” When John Sullivan spoke those words at LASVP’s 2010 […]

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Investment in Summer Night Lights Leads to a Thriving L.A.

July 4, 2012

The Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD)’s Summer Night Lights program isn’t your run-of-the-mill summer youth program aiming to keep kids of the streets. Rather, Summer Night Lights, or as most Angelenos refer to it – SNL, is a community empowerment program investing in L.A.’s most violence-impacted neighborhoods.  Since 2008, SNL has […]

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Let's See Some Identification

June 27, 2012

As I read Monday’s Supreme Court decision on Arizona’s anti-immigrant law and the various analyses that followed it in preparation for a press conference, I was suddenly struck by how much I missed my former career as a civil rights lawyer. Here in print was proof of the role lawyers, Congress and the courts play […]

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A New Narrative for Corporate Philanthropy

June 20, 2012

A well-respected colleague and I recently had a troubling conversation.   While we agreed that we are entering into a new era of corporate philanthropy, we found ourselves in a circular conversation with no shared platform to speak from about our differing strategies to achieve the triple bottom line impact. Following a year-long strategic initiative, The […]

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Summer Not So Bright For Kids in L.A.

June 13, 2012

This summer, almost all of Los Angeles Unified’s 664,000 students will be out of school. Due in part to changes in the school calendar, the opening of new schools, and budget cuts, many of these students will have limited options during the summer months. In past years, the LAUSD provided robust summer programming through Beyond […]

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A Side Order of Philanthropy

June 6, 2012

What happens when you bring a group of friends together for food or drinks and add a side dish of philanthropy?  You build communities at the grassroots level and from there the possibilities are endless. In the last decade, giving circles have sprouted up across the nation among donors of all backgrounds and income levels.  […]

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Busting Generational Silos to Build Better Neighborhoods

May 30, 2012

I had the opportunity to meet and hear from Dr. Nancy Henkin of the Intergenerational Center at Temple University, winner of the 2011 Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence.  Among several great ideas and examples that Dr. Henkin shared, one message really stood out: “People don’t live in silos…and neither should solutions.” While this philosophy could […]

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Open Space for Every Angeleno

May 23, 2012

It may come as a surprise to some Angelenos, but our city has the least amount of parks out of all the other major metropolitan cities in the nation!  Less than 15% of our residents live within walking distance of a park. Even of greater concern is the inequitable distribution of what open space exists, […]

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