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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 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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Smart Growth California

February 29, 2012

I think everyone agrees that we need to encourage more jobs in Los Angeles. Our economy and lifestyle depend on it. At the same time, nobody wants to see an increase in traffic congestion or pollution as a result of more people living far from work.  Far too many of us already struggle with long […]

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Family Values Influence Philanthropy

February 22, 2012

I just returned from the Council on Foundations Family Philanthropy Conference in Miami, a three-day event focused on education, the arts, impact investing, advocacy and family dynamics.  Amidst all of that great discussion, I was struck again by the importance of communicating family legacy.   A family’s beliefs, behaviors and messages are carried down through generations, […]

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Keep Your Hands Off of Fiscal Sponsorship's Third Rail

February 17, 2012

As the recent debacle at International Humanities Center clearly shows, there’s a right way and a wrong way to provide fiscal sponsorship services to groups getting new civic and social ventures up and running.  IHC appears to have overlooked the fact that there’s a published set of recommended best practices to guide fiscal sponsors.  If […]

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Pinterest: A Tool To Curate Relevant Visual Content for Your Audience

February 15, 2012

Today’s post is from nonprofit blogger Beth Kanter on Pininterest, a virtual pinboard that is currently gaining huge momentum as a visual platform to share content within context.  The ever changing world of tech provides more resources like Pininterest for nonprofits to use to help market their cause or charity in a compelling and creative […]

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Is Collaboration Just a Buzzword?

February 8, 2012

Last week, the Center for Civil Society at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs released its tenth “State of the Sector” report on Los Angeles County nonprofits.  Entitled “Stressed and Stretched: The Recession, Poverty, and Human Services Nonprofits in Los Angeles,” the report contained several themes that have been echoed in similar reports in […]

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Ushering a New Era for L.A.

February 1, 2012

When Los Angeles welcomes a new mayor in 2013, it will broadly impact the efforts of our region’s philanthropic and nonprofit sectors, particularly our work on key issues such as education, social services, unemployment and city infrastructure. The Mayoral Candidate Forum on February 28th will provide valuable insights into what’s in store for our city […]

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