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.

My Investment in the Future of Young Black Men

May 3, 2012

Last night, I attended an important town hall in South Los Angeles, the purpose of which was a community conversation about improving the future for young Black men.  This segment of our community is one of the most vulnerable and misunderstood, underachieving and overrepresented in the criminal justice system in California.  The reasons are many […]

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Collaboration: Principled Conflict

May 2, 2012

Last weekend was a big one for organizations and people in the business of philanthropy. Individuals ranging from CEOs to program staff of family, corporate, community and private foundations gathered together in Los Angeles for the Annual 2012 Council on Foundation Conference.  For many, the opening plenary on how philanthropy responded to crises in the […]

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How Much Do Foundations REALLY Give to Nonprofits?

April 25, 2012

Last week, philanthropist Melanie Lundquist addressed Town Hall and exhorted the audience to consider a different philanthropic model – a model more responsive to the needs of the community, especially now. One of her targets for reform is the 5% spending requirement placed on private endowments. Melanie views this as an absolute minimum, but most […]

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Are there standards that should be followed in philanthropy?

April 18, 2012

In the late 1990s, community foundations of all sizes and priority areas began to reflect on this question and what constitutes a community foundation.  What was the distinct value community foundations should offer, and the philosophies that should guide it?  As a direct result, the Council on Foundations and a group of community foundation practitioners […]

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It’s Nice to be Nice

April 11, 2012

I got my first lesson on giving in L.A. unexpectedly and from a surprising source – my step grandparents, Grandma Willie and Grandpa John. I was in my late 20’s, they were in their early 80’s.  They would call me once a month or so asking if I’d come for a visit.  They’d welcome me […]

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The 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective Boards

April 4, 2012

In my work with foundations over the past decade, it has become clear to me that, while there are lots of effective and well-intentioned board members out there, it’s easy for foundation boards to get lulled into complacency and slip into bad habits. Here are what I regard as the 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective […]

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How Wirtz Elementary Got Its Murals

March 28, 2012

Harry Wirtz Elementary became a canvas for a group of renowned contemporary artists who created four murals on the campus’ walls earlier this year. Wirtz Elementary is a Title I school with a high percentage of students on free/reduced lunch, located in Paramount Unified School District. It’s been an Arts for All school since 2006 […]

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Rebirth of an Old Idea

March 21, 2012

One of the key findings of CCF’s Transfer of Wealth report was the need to enable non-profits to adopt a planned giving strategy for no cost and little effort. The term “Planned Giving” conjures many reactions among non-profits — it sounds complicated, expensive, not essential, time-consuming, we don’t know any rich people, we’re not interested […]

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Angels at Work in L.A.

March 14, 2012

They say that the key to success is “location, location, location.” And that is why the Council on Foundations is so excited that Los Angeles will graciously host its 2012 Annual Conference, a gathering of some of the brightest minds and top leaders in philanthropy. Accurately nicknamed the City of Angels, Los Angeles provides the […]

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Nonprofits Need to Start Planning for Their Future, or Else

March 7, 2012

In order to help the nonprofit community of Los Angeles and Southern California improve the financial strength and future prospects of their organizations, CCF is sponsoring a series of free seminars on planned giving which begin this Friday, March 9 at RAND Corporation in Santa Monica.  Executive directors, development directors and board members are strongly […]

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