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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.

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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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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