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.

Impact L.A. on Giving Tuesday and Beyond

December 1, 2015

Today, individuals, families, businesses and nonprofits will come together to support Giving Tuesday, a national day celebrating generosity. It’s a day in which all can participate – either by giving financially or through volunteerism. In Los Angeles County, we found that a staggering 80 percent of residents said they are willing to increase their volunteerism […]

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Exercise Your Philanthropic Brain

November 24, 2015

Photo: A Health Blog – https://flic.kr/p/dLSKTQ by John E. Kobara This piece originally appeared in Huffington Post Impact: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-e-kobara/exercise-your-philanthropic-brain_b_8614052.html “The tragedy of life is what dies within us while we live–the death of genuine feeling, the death of inspired response, the awareness that makes it possible to feel the pain or the glory of others.” […]

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Understanding the Real Cost of Nonprofit Work

November 19, 2015

By John E. Kobara This piece originally appeared in Huffington Post Los Angeles: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-e-kobara/understanding-cost-nonprofit-work_b_8556918.html We know that our government depends on nonprofit organizations to sustain critical portions of our safety net through services like shelters, health clinics and foster youth programs. But a recent Urban Institute report highlights the significant challenges nonprofits in California face […]

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Beyond the Dollar Sign: Redefining Community Philanthropy

October 23, 2015

By: Antonia Hernández This piece originally appeared on the Council on Foundations RE: Philanthropy Blog: http://www.cof.org/blogs/re-philanthropy/2015-10-23/beyond-dollar-sign-redefining-community-philanthropy BUILDING A CULTURE OF LOCAL INVOLVEMENT We could all name an instance where an act of goodwill impacted our lives or even changed it. Often these reflections aren’t about giving or receiving a significant sum of money. They involve genuine […]

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Back to School: The Promise of a Fresh Start

October 21, 2015

By Byron Scott For high school students all over the country, the new school year brings with it a fresh start. The hopes of earning straight A’s, getting one step closer to college admissions and making new friends. As I look back at my own teenage years growing up in Inglewood, I vividly remember this […]

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Finding Our Common Ground in Los Angeles

October 9, 2015

By John E. Kobara Time and again I have seen how individual action is blunted by an inability to engage. Los Angeles County is a big and diverse place, where our challenges – from ending homelessness to providing quality public education – seem insurmountable. We are siloed in our cars, in our neighborhoods and in […]

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CCF Announces $1 Billion Commitment to L.A. County Nonprofits

October 8, 2015

The California Community Foundation (CCF) today announces a $1 billion funding commitment to Los Angeles County nonprofit organizations over the next 10 years to improve the quality of life for L.A. communities and families, especially those who are struggling. The announcement came at a town hall event marking the official launch of a host of […]

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"How Low Can You Go?" – Tackling the Civic Participation Challenge in California

September 25, 2015

By Efrain Escobedo Over the past decade, California has been doing the Limbo when it comes to civic participation. With the exception of the presidential election of 2008, we have continued to see the voter participation bar get lower and lower. A comparison of midterm elections in 2002 and 2014 shows a decline of almost […]

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Permanent Supportive Housing Can Be the Ticket to Ending Homelessness

September 2, 2015

By Corrin Buchanan and Chris Hubbard The number of individuals experiencing homelessness across Los Angeles County jumped 12 percent in the last two years, and our neighbors become homeless for a variety of reasons every day. This makes clear the need for increased investment in the interventions proven to end homelessness. The issue isn’t one […]

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50 Years Later, the Embers of the Watts Riots Still Glow

August 18, 2015

By LaWayne Williams On August 11, 1965 in Watts, an ember erupted into flames. The routine traffic stop of 21 year old Marquette Frye sparked a series of events that would forever change Los Angeles. 34 people died during the Watts Riots and the community absorbed $40 million in damages. The ember sparked by Frye’s […]

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