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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.

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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Continuing the Momentum of L.A.'s Pacific Standard Time

January 25, 2012

The Getty’s ambitious and high-profile initiative, Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945–1980, is focusing the contemporary art world’s attention on L.A.-based pioneering artists.  My hope is that this initiative also shifts the focus from sustaining a marketplace for art to supporting the life and work of artists. A national study showed that 96% of […]

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Family Philanthropy

January 18, 2012

Being civically and financially responsible are habits formed in youth that last a lifetime. Why is it so important to instill these values in our children? How can we encourage generosity and civic-mindedness within families and kids? As discussed in the Giving in L.A. blog during the holidays, giving is multiplied when you do it […]

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A New Way of Doing Business

January 11, 2012

Last week, California became the seventh state to adopt a law allowing companies to legally structure their social and environmental efforts as part of their missions, and so put these efforts on par with profit making goals for the company and its shareholders. The idea for “benefit corporations,” as they’re called, isn’t new – this […]

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Funding for Affordable Homes Vanishes with Redevelopment Agencies

January 4, 2012

Last week, the California Supreme Court ruled to abolish redevelopment agencies and with them the largest single state source of funding for affordable housing in California. The loss of about $1 billion annually for affordable housing will drastically increase the number of people living on the streets and in overcrowded or substandard conditions in California.

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What pushes us to give?

December 30, 2011

American Public Media’s Marketplace does a series on philanthropy every year around the holidays.  This year, Kai Ryssdal interviews Dean Karlan, professor of Economics at Yale, to talk about giving – why people do it and the state of giving in general.  Do people give for tax benefits or sincere altruism? How much (or little) […]

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Looking Back on 2011

December 28, 2011

We are about to usher in 2012, so let’s try to take stock of the last 12 months. Let’s recall both our blessings and our misfortunes to remind us of what we learned and what we still need to do. 2011 was a roller coaster. I will dispense with all of the hackneyed weather analogies […]

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Observations for Inspiration

December 23, 2011

For all you readers looking to spread joy and generosity during the holidays, look no further. A “hip” guide created by our friends at Family Circle Advisors will help you get in the right spirit – and state of mind – of giving individually or with your family. The Hip Family’s Guide to Happier Holidays […]

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The Big Question: What Difference Can I Make?

December 21, 2011

Q: I want to give, but I also want to make a difference.  Since I’m not a billionaire, how can my giving be meaningful and impactful? KCRW’s Lisa Napoli asked me this very question during an in-studio interview earlier in the week. This answer may be toughest in a place like L.A., where choice is […]

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When the Troops Come Home

December 19, 2011

As the end of the year approaches and coincides with the return of 40,000 soldiers and Marines to American communities, donors and fellow Angelenos alike are encouraged to think about how our community will respond to the needs of those troops and veterans returning to Los Angeles. One way each of us can make a […]

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