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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.

Finding a Permanent Solution to Ending Homelessness

December 16, 2015

On any given night, there are more than 40,000 homeless individuals and families in Los Angeles County, and the numbers continue to rise. Next to comparably sized cities, the cost of living here is among the highest, yet Angelenos earn less income. Our donors have a long history of supporting critical, immediate needs for the […]

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New Years Commitment 2016: Be An Active Board Member

December 10, 2015

By Ana LaDou This holiday season, make a commitment to both your community and yourself by being an active board member. You will make a positive impact, and it will give you the opportunity to grow both professionally and personally. Here are five results you can achieve by giving your time and resources as an […]

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Getting Los Angeles County Students to and through College

December 8, 2015

The economic future of Los Angeles depends on helping our students realize their potential. By 2018, more than half of California’s jobs will require at least some college education, yet only 12 percent of L.A.’s 9th graders will go on to receive a college degree. With a projected shortfall of 1.1 million degree holders by […]

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Passing Along Acts of Kindness

December 4, 2015

Diana, a widow with a young son, was determined to create a better life for her family. But after putting herself through school and earning an associate’s degree in culinary arts, she found herself struggling to find work because of a lack of experience. As student loans came due, she was unable to cover her […]

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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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